Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Brody, Bamford, Reid among Top Nominees for Canadian Country Music Prizes

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Brody, Bamford, Reid among Top Nominees for Canadian Country Music Prizes

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Dean Brody among Cdn country music prize noms

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TORONTO - Country singer Gord Bamford already has more than a half-dozen Canadian Country Music Association Awards crowding his living-room mantel back home in Alberta.

And after nabbing an additional six nominations at this year's CCMA awards, he started to think about renovating.

"Hopefully, we'll have to build another mantel," the 36-year-old joked after the nominees were announced at a press conference in Toronto on Wednesday.

Well, just think how Johnny Reid feels.

Yes, the Scottish-born, Toronto-bred crooner cleaned up again with a leading eight nominations while last year's big winner, Dean Brody of Jaffray, B.C., was next with seven.

All three will compete for the fans' choice award, single of the year, songwriter of the year and male artist of the year. Year after year, they duke it out at the CCMAs -- but you won't find any of the mannered country gentlemen engaging even in light-hearted trash talk.

"No, I know, maybe it's different in rock 'n' roll," Brody said with a laugh in a telephone interview Wednesday.

"I'm really starting to get to know these guys. They're good guys. They're talented and fun to be around, too."

Reid and Brody are also in the running for album of the year, where they'll compete against Manitoba group Doc Walker's "16 & 1," Paul Brandt's "Give it Away" and Terry Clark's Juno-winning record "Roots and Wings."

Bamford was the big winner in 2010, while Reid and Brody split the spoils last year with Reid winning male artist of the year and the fans' choice award while the Nova Scotia-based Brody took album and single of the year.

But the low-key Brody still doesn't think of himself as a front-runner.

"Man, it still blows my mind because everybody I'm in the category with ... I have huge respect for," said Brody, who was so ensconced in home renovations he forgot CCMA nominations were being handed down Wednesday.

"I guess I feel like I'm becoming part of the family, yet I'm still a rookie. …

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