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Fanny Lumsden To Host Golden Guitar Award Nominees Announcement

21 November 2022 | 9:55 am | Staff Writer

More than 620 entries have been received for the 2023 Awards.

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Tamworth Regional Council and the Country Music Association of Australia (CMAA) have announced that nominees for the 2023 Toyota Golden Guitar Awards will be revealed virtually on Tuesday, 22 November 2022 via a live stream on the Toyota Country Music Festival website and social media channels, hosted by 8 x Golden Guitar, ARIA and AIR Award winning artist Fanny Lumsden.

While the nominee announcement is usually held as an in-person industry and media event, the decision to go virtual has been made after consulting with the CMAA, who has determined a virtual announcement is the most appropriate option for the organisation and its members after such a financially draining and emotionally turbulent period that the industry has faced during the last three years or so of COVID, fires, and floods.

Toyota Golden Guitar Awards Executive Producer, Peter Ross says, “The virtual announcement will be an exciting and effective way to celebrate our 2023 nominees and reach a large number of fans, artists and members of the country music community. “

More than 620 entries have been received for the 2023 Golden Guitar Awards, which comes off the back of a record-breaking year in 2022.

CMAA Chairman, Dobe Newton says, “Following a history-making 50th Awards in April this year, we are delighted that our music community continues to support the Golden Guitar Awards. For more than five decades these awards have acknowledged the creativity of our writers, performers and producers and the investment of the industry businesses that support them.  We celebrate their creativity and career achievements as our industry continues to grow.”

The Toyota 51st Golden Guitar Awards will be held at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre (TRECC) on Saturday, 21 January, with tickets for the event now on sale here.

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The 2023 Awards will return to its traditional timeslot of Saturday night, on the final weekend of the festival.

Ross adds, “It will be very exciting to return to our usual timeslot, following the last two years and so far, we’ve had strong ticket sales for the 2023 Awards, with several hundred sold. The 51st event will underpin the Awards iconic 50-year history and celebrate the industries bright and prosperous future. As always, we’re expecting a huge turnout from fans and artists alike.”

The future of Australian country music is certainly strong with 53 entries from artists vying for the ‘New Talent of the Year’ award. Songwriters will also take centre stage in 2023, with 99 entries for 'Song of the Year' and 90 entries for 'Apple Music Single of the Year'.

For over five decades – the nation’s longest running music awards has been presented by Tamworth Regional Council in association with the Country Music Association of Australia (CMAA) and supported by Toyota Australia. 

The event celebrates the industry, the artists and their achievements, recognising recording excellence and showcasing the cream of Australian country music artists, and the songs that have left their mark on the fans throughout the past 12 months.

The 2023 Toyota Golden Guitar Awards nominees announcement will take place on Tuesday 22 November 2022 at 8am via and Facebook.