Over the years country music has been heard internationally more and more from artists, musicians and broadcasters who make it a mission to bring it to the fans from all over the world. The best known names such as Kip Moore, Luke Combs and more have garnered their deserved nods this year.
CMA International honor artists and industry executives who have supported and impacted the growth and promotion of Country Music in the international marketplace. Nominees are recognized in multiple categories and voted on by international members of CMA along with a select panel of U.S.-based professionals who have extensive knowledge in the international Country Music industry. These nominees from Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, Sweden, the U.K. and the U.S. are honored for their continued efforts in expanding Country Music’s reach around the globe.
“As we continue to see Country Music grow globally, it is thanks in large part to those who have supported our mission and spearheaded events, initiatives and programming to reach new territories around the world,” says Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “The dedication from each of these nominees has made them a vital part of the success of our genre internationally, and we cannot wait to celebrate them in the coming months.”
Luke Combs, Kip Moore and Morgan Wallen are up for the International Artist Achievement Award. This Award recognizes outstanding achievement by a U.S.-based artist who has demonstrated the most signifigant creative growth, development and promotion of the country music industry outside of the U.S. during the eligibility period. (PS I have to be neutral)
All nominees have earned this step in their careers and I wish them all the best. Actually they are already winners for me due to the contributions they have made to get Country music out there internationally.
2023 CMA INTERNATIONAL AWARDS – NOMINEES:
JO WALKER MEADOR INTERNATIONAL AWARD This award recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual in advocating and supporting Country Music’s marketing development in territories outside the United States.
Jon Cauwood (U.K. – Music Consultant)
Sina Hall (Germany – Semmel Concerts)
Natalie Waller (Australia – ABC Music)
ROB POTTS INTERNATIONAL LIVE MUSIC ADVANCEMENT AWARD This award recognizes outstanding achievements by an individual who has made important contributions to the live music industry by extending performance opportunities and building live audiences for Country Music outside of the United States.
Susan Heymann (Australia – Frontier Touring)
Anna-Sophie Mertens (U.K. – Live Nation)
Ron Sakamoto (Canada – Gold and Gold Productions, LTD.)
Neil Warnock, MBE (U.K. – United Talent Agency)
WESLEY ROSE INTERNATIONAL MEDIA ACHIEVEMENT AWARD This award recognizes outstanding achievements in the media as they relate to Country Music outside of the United States.
Jill Johnson (Sweden – ‘Jills Veranda’ SVT)
Ross Jones (U.K. – Holler)
Richard Murdoch (Scotland – BBC Radio)
Dayna Bourgoin (Canada – Pure Country Radio, iHeart Radio)
INTERNATIONAL ARTIST ACHIEVEMENT AWARD This award recognizes outstanding achievement by a United States-based artist who has demonstrated the most significant creative growth, development and promotion of the Country Music industry outside of the United States during the eligibility period.
INTERNATIONAL COUNTRY BROADCASTER AWARD This award recognizes outstanding achievement by a radio broadcaster or syndicated radio reporter outside the United States who has made important contributions for the development of Country Music in his/her country.
Stefanie Jüneman (Germany – FM Maximum Roc)
Joakim Richardson (Sweden – Go Country)
Ricky Ross (U.K. – BBC Radio Scotland)
Justin Thomson (Australia – KIX Country)
Wimpie van der Sandt (South Africa – Bok Radio)
JEFF WALKER GLOBAL COUNTRY ARTIST AWARD This award recognizes outstanding achievements by a Country Music artist signed outside of the United States. The artist must have furthered the popularity of Country Music as well as brought attention to the Country Music format in their foreign-based territory.
Casey Barnes (Australia)
Kaylee Bell (New Zealand)