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Andrew Lawton

Johnny Reid still the king of Canadian country music

On Monday, Canadian country music artists and special guests flocked from all over North America to Hamilton, Ontario for the Canadian Country Music Awards at Copps Coliseum. With a nominee and presenter roster ranging from 17-year old rookie nominee Tenille to Backstreet Boy Howie Dorough to newly inducted Country Music Hall-of-Famer Michelle Wright, it was the biggest night of the year for Canada’s country industry. (I think it’s safe to say that around 95% of cowboy hats within Canada’s borders were beneath one roof.)The big winners of the evening were Scottish-born Johnny Reid and singer-songwriter Dean Brody, scoring three awards each. In addition to winning Male Artist of the Year for the third year running, Reid won the award for Video of the Year for his hit single, Today I’m Gonna Try and Change the World, along with the coveted Fans’ Choice Award.One Male Artist of the Year nominee joked on the red carpet that he was looking forward to congratulating Johnny Reid on his impending win.Out of five nominations, Dean Brody won Album of the Year for Trial of Life, as well as Single of the Year and Songwriter of the Year for the album’s title track.But to Johnny Reid, none of these awards were as meaningful as the one presented to him on the weekend: The Humanitarian Award. For a man who, aptly, wants to try and change the world, he teared up as he recounted being given the honor.”I don’t like to think of it as an award. Rather, I was recognized…I have a chance to make a wee bit of difference in the world.”Dean Brody has had his own challenges—namely, getting to where he did.“I came from a town where you did what your dad did. The biggest thing [I’ve had to] overcome was the mentality… Read More