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Jade Eagleson, James Barker Band Top CCMA Awards Winners List

The 2023 Canadian Country Music Association Awards were handed out over two nights in Hamilton on the weekend. Emerging from the hat pack as the big winners were Jade Eagleson (pictured) and James Barker Band. The 2024 CCMAs will be held in Edmonton.

Jade Eagleson, James Barker Band Top CCMA Awards Winners List

By FYI Staff

The 2023 Canadian Country Music Association Awards (The CCMAs) were handed out over two nights in Hamilton on the weekend. The bulk of the trophies were presented at the CCMA Music Industry Gala Dinner and Awards (presented by Stingray) on Friday Sept. 18, with eight major categories then announced at the televised Awards Show (presented by TD) the following night.


The big victors this year included double winners Jade Eagleson and James Barker Band. Eagleson took home trophies for Entertainer and Male Artist of the Year, with JBB winning the Fans’ Choice award and Group or Duo of the Year. Tenille Townes made CCMA Awards history by being crowned Female Artist of the Year for the fifth consecutive year.

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The most nominated artist this year, Josh Ross, had to be content with a win in the Breakthrough Artist or Group of the Year category. Other notable winners were Lindsay Ell (Single of the Year, for Right On Time) and Tim and The Glory Boys (Album of the year, for their self-titled release).

Named as 2023 Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductees were Brian Edwards and Jason McCoy, while Dean Brody and The Dean Brody Foundation received the prestigious 2023 Gary Slaight Music Humanitarian Award.

At the CCMA Music Industry Gala Dinner and Awards, Edmonton was announced as the 2024 CCMA Awards host city, returning to Alberta’s capital next September for the first time since back-to-back visits in 2013 and 2014. Country Music Week 2024 marks the eighth time in the city, all culminating with the 2024 CCMA Awards presented by TD at Rogers Place in Edmonton’s ICE District.

Performing at the Industry Gala Dinner were Jade Eagleson, Hunter Brothers, Kyle McKearney, Madeline Merlo, Jess Moskaluke, Griffen Palmer, and Meghan Patrick. Appearing onstage at the televised Awards event were Dean Brody, Jade Eagleson, Sam Hunt, James Barker Band, The Reklaws, Josh Ross, Dallas Smith, Tenille Townes and Train, Brett Kissel, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Matt Lang, Tyler Joe Miller, Drake Milligan, Tyler Shaw, SACHA, Cooper Alan, Dalton Dover, High Valley, and Carly Pearce.

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Visit CCMA.Org for a full list of winners of The 2023 CCMA Awards.

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