Shania Twain claimed four trophies Monday night (Sept. 8) at the 27th annual Canadian Country Music Awards. In addition to a female artist of the year nod, the Timmins, Ontario native received the CMT video of the year prize for “I’m Gonna Getcha Good!” Twain’s Up! was named album of the year and top selling album of the year.
In accepting the album awards, Twain said, “I really don’t feel deserving of this. I have to honestly say that I’m just always so humbled coming back here to Canada. I’ve got tremendous support here. We all have to believe this as Canadians: We have some of the best talent in the world here.”
Later in the evening, Twain inducted singer-songwriter Sylvia Tyson into the CCMA Hall of Fame. A major figure in Canadian folk and country music during the ‘60s and ‘70s, Tyson found fame with former husband Ian Tyson in the duo Ian & Sylvia. She later enjoyed a successful solo career and assumed an active role in the Canadian music industry. Also inducted into the CCMA Hall of Fame was record promoter J. Edward Preston.
Terri Clark opened the show with a performance of her new single, “I Wanna Do It All,” before winning single of the year honors for “I Just Wanna Be Mad.” Clark also received her fourth fan’s choice award to tie K.D. Lang’s previous record in the fan-voted category.
Clark thanked songwriters Lee Thomas Miller and Kelley Lovelace for the success of “I Just Wanna Be Mad.” Clark said, “I cannot tell you how much this song has meant to me. Ever since I was 14 years old and I first heard the Judds’ first mini-LP, I realized how powerful a song can be. Songs are what I live for. They’re my lifeblood, and that’s all that really matters in my life.”
Clark dedicated her single of the year award to singer-songwriter Warren Zevon who wrote her 1996 hit, “Poor, Poor Pitiful Me.” Zevon, 56, died Sunday in Los Angeles after a lengthy battle with lung cancer.
Other multiple winners at the CCMA Awards include newcomer Aaron Lines who was named male artist and Chevy Truck Rising Star.
Paul Brandt hosted the event at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta. Highlights included Wynonna’s performance of “What the World Needs” and Keith Urban’s live delivery of “Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me.”