The British Country Music Association held its 12th Annual BCMA Awards on the weekend of 21st and 22nd October in Wolverhampton, UK.
A sell out audience were treated to a 4 hour spectacular of music and award presentations hosted by Baylen Leonard from the BBC. The event was filmed for future broadcast.
Artists who performed included Southern Halo (USA), Penny Jayne Black (UK), Journey Home (UK), Jade Helliwell (UK), Kevin McGuire (UK), Sarah Darling (USA), Jenn Bostic (USA), Laura Oakes (UK), Deanne Dexeter (UK), American Young (USA) and Outlander (UK).
Most of the UK winners were in attendance including Ward Thomas who flew in from Nashville for the show. Duo of the Year, The Shires, and Group of the Year winners, The Southern Companion sent in acceptance videos.
On the Saturday night a Best of British Show was held at The Robin 2 in Wolverhampton with performances from Megan O’Neill, Gary Quinn, Sarah Darling (special guest), Simon James, Darcy, and Raintown. A full house enjoyed 4 hours of live country music.
The Winners in order of presentation ……
Special Achievement Award: Alan West and Steve Black
UK Horizon Award: Emma Swindells
UK Duo of the Year: The Shires
UK Album of the Year: Ward Thomas – Cartwheels
International Song of the Year: Drake White – Makin’ Me Look Good Again
UK Musician of the Year: Luke Thomas
International Album of the Year: Welcome Home – Zac Brown Band
UK Video of the Year: Darcy – Hooked
UK Male Vocalist: Gary Quinn
Best Original UK Festival: Buckle & Boots
International Services Award: Martha Moore (USA)
UK Services Award: Jim Duncan
UK Group of the Year: The Southern Companion
UK Song of the Year: Too Country For You – Darcy
UK Female Vocalist: Jade Helliwell
International Touring Act: Jenn Bostic
UK Entertainer of the Year: Thorne Hill
Also presentations for the British Hall of Fame Inductees for 2017
Jim Duncan, Ron Jones, Susan McCann, Gordon Davies