Country Music: It’s Not Just an American Phenomenon

Nominations for the HMV British Country Music Awards were announced recently in England. Some top American country and bluegrass artists made the list. Alan Jackson, George Jones, Tim McGraw and George Strait are contenders in the male vocalist category, international section, while Alison Krauss, Reba McEntire, LeAnn Rimes and Shania Twain will compete in the female vocalist category. Alison Krauss and Union Station, the Del McCoury Band, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder and Rice, Rice, Hillman & Pederson were named in the bluegrass group category. British country artists were nominated in a separate section.

The British Country Music Awards have been handed out since 1994. The nominations are voted on by professionals from all walks of the British music industry. The winners will be announced in the April issue of HMV Choice magazine.