Speaking to the encroachment of American-style country music on the Canadian market, Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett made appearances at the awards, potentially helping to give Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine Records a beachhead in Canada for a future invasion. Fortunately, Canadian broadcasting rules regulate the percentage of Canadian artists who must be played on the radio at 35%, and only native Canadians are eligible for CCMA Awards.
On Saturday night (9-12), the CCMA’s also threw their annual awards gala where 20 CCMA were handed out, including one to Last Gang Records singer and songwriter Lindi Ortega who walked away with the distinction of Roots Artist of the Year. This is Lindi’s second win in the roots category in a row. Lindi released her latest record Faded Gloryville on August 7th. Though Lindi currently lives in Nashville, she is originally from Toronto.
“So very honored to perform at the CCMA gala! And what a wonderful surprise to win roots artist again for a 2nd year in a row,” Lindi said Saturday night.
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List of 2015 CCMA Winners
Fans Choice Award: Johnny Reid
Album of the Year: Dallas Smith – Lifted
Female Artist of the Year: Jess Moskaluke
Male Artist of the Year: Gord Bamford
Group or Duo of the Year: High Valley
Single of the Year: Gord Bamford – “Where a Farm Used to Be”
Video of the Year: Dean Brody “Upside Down”
Rising Star: Madeline Merlo
Songwriter of the Year: Gord Bamford, Buddy Owens, Phil O’Donnell – “Where a Farm Used to Be”
Roots Artist of the Year: Lindi Ortega
Interactive Artist of the Year: Brett Kissel
CCMA Discovery Award: Raquel Cole
Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductees
Artist: Dianne Leigh
Industry Builder: Elizabeth (Ma) Henning
2015 Slaight Music Humanitarian Award: MusiCounts
Leonard T. Rambeau International Award: Robert Ott