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Bamford, Kissel take two CCMA awards

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 – Gord Bamford and Brett Kissel each won two awards at the Canadian Country Music Association awards on Sunday in Edmonton.

Bamford won Male Artist of the Year and Single of the Year for "When Your Lips Are So Close."

Other winners were:

Female Artist of the Year went to Jess Moskaluke

Fans' Choice Award - Johnny Reid

Album of the Year - Crop Circles - Dean Brody

CMT Video of the Year - "3-2-1" - Brett Kissel

Group or Duo of the Year - Small Town Pistols

Rising Star - Tim Hicks

Songwriter(s) of the Year - Mine Would Be You (Written By: Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, Deric Ruttan; Performed By: Blake Shelton)

Roots Artist or Group of the Year - Lindi Ortega

Interactive Artist of the Year - Brett Kissel

Top Selling Album of the Year - Here's to the Good Times by Florida Georgia Line

Top Selling Canadian Album of the Year - A Christmas Gift to You by Johnny Reid

Video Director of the Year - Stephano Barberis (Artist: Gord Bamford, Video: When Your Lips Are So Close; Artist: Dallas Smith, Video: Nothing But Summer; Artist: Dallas Smith, Video: Tippin' Point)

Album Design of the Year - Crop Circles (Dean Brody) Design Team: Kristin Barlowe/Mitchell Nevins

All star band awards went to:

Bass - Travis Switzer

Drums - Chad Melchert

Fiddle - Shane Guse

Guitar - Darren Savard

Keyboards - Bart McKay

Special Instrument - Tyler Vollrath (Mandolin)

Steel Guitar - Ed (Peewee Charles) Ringwald

2014 Slaight Music Humanitarian Award - Beverley Mahood

Hank Smith Award of Excellence - Deane Cameron

Record Company of the Year - Open Road Recordings Inc.

Record Company Person of the Year - Mike Denney - MDM Recordings Inc.

Radio Station of the Year - Major Market - CKRY FM - Country 105; Calgary, Alberta

Radio Station of the Year - Secondary Market - CJXX FM - Big Country 93.1; Grand Prairie, Alberta

Country Club of the Year - Cook County Saloon - Edmonton, AB

Country Festival, Fair, or Exhibition of the Year - Boots and Hearts Music Festival - Bowmanville, ON

Country Music Program or Special of the Year - Gord Bamford: Christmas in Canada - CMT

Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame Artist Inductee - Wendell Ferguson

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