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CMA announces International Awards nominees

Monday, January 13, 2020 – CMA announced the nominees for 2020's CMA International Awards, which honors industry executives and artists who have supported and made a difference to the growth and promotion of country internationally.

Nominees from Australia, Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden, United Kingdom and U.S. are recognized in five categories.

"CMA continues to be inspired by and grateful for the support of our international partners in expanding and evolving the country music genre globally," saidSarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. "We're thrilled to honor the industry executives, broadcast partners and artists who have impacted the country music community outside of the U.S. as this year's CMA International Awards nominees."

The awards are voted on by international members and will begin being presented in March as CMA hosts several international events in territories including Germany, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

Nominees are:
Jo Walker Meader International Award - This award recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual in advocating and supporting country marketing development outside of the U.S.
John Esposito, Warner Music Nashville, United States
Christina Sas, UMG International, Germany
Brad Turcotte, Universal Music Group Nashville, United States
Chris York, SJM Concerts, United Kingdom

Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award - recognizes outstanding achievements in the media as they relate to country outside of the U.S.
Tiffany Astle, penelopePR, Canada
Mathias Bridfelt, SVT, Sweden
Claire Horton, Claire Horton PR, United Kingdom
Baylen Leonard, United Kingdom

International Artist Achievement Award - recognizes outstanding achievement by a U.S.-based artist who has demonstrated the most significant creative growth, development and promotion of the country industry outside of the U.S.
Dan + Shay
Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus
Kip Moore
Maren Morris
Keith Urban

International Country Broadcaster Award - recognizes outstanding achievement by a radio broadcaster or syndicated radio reporter outside the U.S., who has made important contributions for the development of country in his/her country
Ben Earle, The Shires, United Kingdom
Paul Ferguson, Cool 100.1 & 99.5 Hits FM, Canada
Amanda Kingsland, Rogers Communications, Canada

Jeff Walker Global Country Music Award - recognizes outstanding achievements by a country artist signed outside of the U.S., who brings attention to the country format in their foreign based territory.
Ilse DeLange, The Netherlands
James Barker Band, Canada
Jill Johnson, Sweden

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