Shania Twain may live in a Swiss castle, but her homeland has honored her with eight nominations for the Canadian Country Music Association awards. Meanwhile, Aaron Lines earned six nominations, with Terri Clark close behind, with five.
Twain’s “Forever and For Always” earned nominations for single and song of the year, and Up! landed two nominations, for album of the year, and top-selling album. Two of Twain’s videos, “Forever and For Always” and “I’m Gonna Getcha Good!” will compete for CMT video of the year, along with clips from Clark, Lines and Gil Grand.
Lines scored nominations for album of the year, for Living Out Loud, and single of the year, for “You Can’t Hide Beautiful.” He also appears among the nominees for the Rising Star award, along with Samantha King, Jake Mathews, Deric Ruttan and Dean Tuftin.
"Growing up in Canada and being nominated for even one CCMA award is a dream come true," Lines said. "It's a great feeling to know that your musical peers respect what you do, and to be nominated among such great artists, especially Paul Brandt who has been a friend and mentor, it's just a great feeling!"
Clark’s Pain to Kill earned an album of the year nomination, and “I Just Wanna Be Mad” caught a nod for single.
“To still be in the game and to still be entertaining people is such a thrill for me,” Clark said. “But to continue to be recognized for something I so love doing -- especially in my native land -- is a real blessing. Canada is so much a part of me and so much a part of my career. That's why it's always been so important to me to know they're out there, supporting what I'm doing with this music. … Because for me, that's where it all started.”
Twain, Lines and Clark are each nominated for the Fans’ Choice Award, along with Paul Brandt and Carolyn Dawn Johnson. The Dixie Chicks, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Anne Murray and Twain are the finalists for the top-selling album category.
Nominees for group or duo of the year include Doc Walker, Emerson Drive, Ennis Sisters, The Good Brothers and Poverty Plainsmen. Nominees for roots artist or group of the year include Kathleen Edwards, Great Big Sea, Sean Hogan, the Corb Lund Band and Jimmy Rankin. Other nominees include Lisa Brokop, Adam Gregory, Brad Johner, Jason McCoy, Duane Steele and Michelle Wright.
Performers will be announced in the coming weeks, and the ceremony will be held Sept. 8 in Calgary.