Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Shania Twain to Host Canadian Country Music Awards in Hamilton

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Shania Twain to Host Canadian Country Music Awards in Hamilton

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Singer Shania Twain to host CCMAs

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TORONTO - Shania Twain has long been a darling of the Canadian Country Music Awards, but this year she's taking the reins as host of the big event.

The Timmins, Ont.-raised country singer has signed up to oversee the music industry celebration in Hamilton on Sept. 9.

She'll also accept the CCMA's Generation Award for her contributions to the country music industry.

The honour has been handed out only once before to American singer Taylor Swift, who showed up to accept the trophy in 2012.

Twain has long been a favourite of the CCMAs, garnering her first nomination in the rising star category in 1993.

A decade later she dominated the awards with her album "Up!" grabbing seven nominations in every major membership-voted category, including two for video of the year.

While this year's nominees won't be announced until July 11, it's possible that Twain could grab the spotlight as a leading nominee again.

Her most recent album, "Now," was released in September and marked her return to the studio after 15 years without a full-length release of new material. …

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