Lee Kernaghan will be presented with the ARIA Highest Selling Australian Artist Award for The 25th Anniversary Album.
Lee Kernaghan will be presented with the ARIA Highest Selling Australian Artist Award for The 25th Anniversary Album. Contributed

CMC Music Awards reveals 2018 finalists

GOLD Coast country great Lee Kernaghan will present an award named in honour of late music promoter Rob Potts at this year's 8th annual CMC Music Awards.

This year's fan-voted awards, to be announced at a gala ceremony at The Star Gold Coast on March 15, attracted a record 521,296 votes.

The country shindig, which precedes the annual CMC Rocks festival, will be hosted by The McClymonts and broadcast live on Foxtel's Country Music Channel.

The ceremony will feature a stellar line-up of live performers including US stars and 2018 award finalists Darius Rucker and Kelsea Ballerini, breaking bands Old Dominion and Brothers Osborne and local favourites and finalists Travis Collins and Amber Lawrence.

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The Wolfe Brothers perform live at the 2018 CMC Music Awards at The Star Gold Coast on March 15. Picture: Mike Batterham
The Wolfe Brothers perform live at the 2018 CMC Music Awards at The Star Gold Coast on March 15. Picture: Mike Batterham

Collins leads the field with nominations in four categories including Australian artist of the year and group or duo of the year for Our Backyard, his duet with Lawrence.

Lawrence is also a finalist in the female artist of the year category.

Fellow awards performers The Wolfe Brothers are also up for group or duo of the year and Australian artist of the year.

CMC's The New Artist of the Year award category has been renamed The Rob Potts Tribute/CMC New Artist of Year award in honour of influential promoter and manager Rob Potts, who passed away late last year.

Mr Potts co-founded the CMC Rocks Festival with CMC and Chugg Entertainment and ran Rob Potts Entertainment Edge, which continues to tour some of the world's biggest country artists.

Mr Potts was booking agent for country stars including Tommy Emmanuel, James Blundell, BROADBEACH COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL REBRANDS

The late Rob Potts with Taylor Swift. Picture: Supplied.
The late Rob Potts with Taylor Swift. Picture: Supplied.

Keith Urban and ARIA-winner Kernaghan, who will present this year's inaugural award named in honour of his late mate.

Gold Coast country star Adam Brand is in the running for three awards - Australian video fo the year, male artist of the year and Australian artist of the year - while awards hosts The McClymonts are up for three (Australian video of the year, group or duo of the year and Australian artist of the year).

The largest annual fan-voted awards in Australian country music, last year's 7th annual CMC Awards ceremony, hosted by Aussie country star Morgan Evans, brought a who's who of country music to the Coast for what many hailed the best awards ceremony in the event's history.

 

2018 8TH ANNUAL CMC MUSIC AWARDS FINALISTS

American singer Darius Rucker will headline the 2018 CMC Rocks music festival.
American singer Darius Rucker will headline the 2018 CMC Rocks music festival. David McClister

CMC International Video of the Year

Kelsea Ballerini: Legends

Luke Bryan: Fast

Brad Paisley: Last Time For Everything

Blake Shelton: I'll Name The Dogs

Keith Urban & Carrie Underwood: The Fighter

 

CMC International Artist of the Year

Kelsea Ballerini is headlining the sold-out 2018 CMC Rocks festival. Supplied by Sony Music.
Kelsea Ballerini is headlining the sold-out 2018 CMC Rocks festival. Supplied by Sony Music.

Kelsea Ballerini

Luke Bryan

Miranda Lambert

Darius Rucker

Keith Urban

 

CMC Australian Video of the Year

Adam Brand: Drunk

Fanny Lumsden: Roll On

O'Shea: Start Over

The McClymonts: Don't Wish It All Away

Travis Collins: Hometown Calling

 

The Rob Potts Tribute/CMC New Artist of Year

Imogen Clark

Rachael Fahim

Hayley Jensen

Missy Lancaster

Tailgate Drive

 

CMC Group or Duo of The Year

The McClymonts will host the 2018 8th annual CMC Music Awards at The Star Gold Coast on March 15. Picture Mike Batterham
The McClymonts will host the 2018 8th annual CMC Music Awards at The Star Gold Coast on March 15. Picture Mike Batterham

O'Shea

Sunny Cowgirls

The McClymonts

The Wolfe Brothers

Travis Collins & Amber Lawrence

 

CMC Female Artist of The Year

Adam Brand is a finalist in three CMC Music Awards categories including Male artist of the year. Picture: Mike Batterham
Adam Brand is a finalist in three CMC Music Awards categories including Male artist of the year. Picture: Mike Batterham

Kasey Chambers

Christie Lamb

Amber Lawrence

Fanny Lumsden

Caitlyn Shadbolt

 

CMC Male Artist of The Year

Female artist of the year finalist Fanny Lumsden. Picture: Supplied.
Female artist of the year finalist Fanny Lumsden. Picture: Supplied.

Adam Brand

Troy Cassar-Daley

Travis Collins

Morgan Evans

Lee Kernaghan

 

CMC Australian Artist of the Year

Adam Brand

Travis Collins

Morgan Evans

The McClymonts

The Wolfe Brothers

 

ARIA Highest-selling Australian Album

Lee Kernaghan.
Lee Kernaghan. Liam Fahey

Lee Kernaghan: The 25th Anniversary Album

 

ARIA Highest-selling International Album

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