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Big Night for Brett Kissel at CCMA Awards

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Big Night for Brett Kissel at CCMA Awards

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Big night for Brett Kissel at CCMA Awards

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SASKATOON - Canadian country music is in love with Brett Kissel and his video "I Didn't Fall In Love With Your Hair."

Kissel was named male artist of the year and won the trophy for video of the year for "I Didn't Fall In Love With Your Hair" at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards.

"I think that Canadian country music is the best that it's ever been, and again, I say this because I'm a fan first and foremost," Kissel said Sunday before the show in Saskatoon.

"I've always loved Canadian country music, but every year in the past say two decades, you always have your few standouts. Now, it's 2017, nobody stands out because everybody is amazing."

Kissel also won interactive artist of the year and country music program or special of the year at a gala Saturday night -- bringing his total to four trophies at the CCMA Awards this year.

Dallas Smith won single of the year for his hit "Autograph" and album of the year for "Side Effects." Smith also won the award for top selling Canadian album of the year for "Side Effects" at the Saturday gala.

Newcomer Meghan Patrick won female artist of the year and was named rising star.

Patrick said she was always singing as a kid, but it was an audition for a school musical when she was about 11 years old that clinched her love for music.

"So I started taking singing lessons around that time and, as soon as I started doing that, I just can't really remember ever wanting to do anything else," Patrick said backstage.

The trio The Road Hammers was named group of the year -- much to their surprise.

"I don't think anyone of us was expecting this win tonight with so many great groups out there, in this category," The Road Hammer's Clayton Bellamy said backstage.

"It's been, I think, a tougher category, better than it's ever been," Bellamy said. …

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