Reid leads country music nods

Scottish-born, Toronto-bred singer Johnny Reid leads the field goinginto this year’s Canadian Country Music Association awards with sixnomin­ations.

Scottish-born, Toronto-bred singer Johnny Reid leads the field going into this year’s Canadian Country Music Association awards with six nomin­ations.

Reid received nods for top single, album, songwriter, video, male artist and for the fans’ choice prize.

This year’s show, to be held Sept. 13 at GM Place in Vancouver, will be hosted by actor Jason Priestley.

Reid’s latest album Dance With Me was released in March and was certified gold in less than 48 hours.

The singer moved to Canada when he was 16, and went on to attend Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Que., where he met his wife. He now lives in Nashville with his wife and three sons.

Following close behind Reid are George Canyon and Victoria Banks, with five nominations apiece. Last year’s winner of the top new male talent award, Gord Bamford, nabbed four nominations this year.

Newcomer Dean Brody is also up for four awards including the Rising Star award and top single, video and songwriter.

Along with Reid and Canyon, Doc Walker, Jessie Farrell and Aaron Pritchett are up for the fans’ choice award.

Voting can be done online at cmt.ca until the end of the day on Sept. 6.

Country superstar Reba McEntire is scheduled to perform at this year’s show, along with Reid, Doc Walker, American chart topper Martina McBride and Montreal’s Terri Clark.

Priestley shot to fame playing Brandon Walsh in the 1990s teen soap Beverly Hills, 90210, but later turned to directing. Recently, he directed CMT Canada’s The Road Hammers, which followed the country band of the same name.

The 2009 CCMA awards will be broadcast on CBC-TV with encore broadcasts on CMT in Canada.

Tickets for the event, which is part of Country Music Week, are available through Ticketmaster.

 
 
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