CMA Announces International Award Winners
March 21, 2016 at 9:11 AM (PT)
The COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION (CMA) unveiled the 2016 recipients of the organization's International Awards TODAY (3/21) on the heels of a successful COUNTRY TO COUNTRY (C2C) music festival in the U.K. "Advancing Country music around the world is central to CMA's mission, and we are delighted to acknowledge the exhaustive efforts of our international and domestic colleagues and their dedication to developing new territories and fans for Country music beyond our U.S. borders," said CMA CEO SARAH TRAHERN.
MERCURY NASHVILLE artist KACEY MUSGRAVES was presented with the International Artist Achievement Award, and BBC RADIO 2 personality BOB HARRIS was awarded the WESLEY ROSE International Media Achievement Award. MUSGRAVES and HARRIS presented the awards to one another during the C2C festival in LONDON. Additionally, CMA Board of Directors member JEFF WALKER was posthumously given with the JO WALKER-MEADOR International Award, CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC AWARD (CCMA) winner GORD BAMFORD received the JEFF WALKER Global Country Artist Award, and CORUS ENTERTAINMENT CANADA's PAUL MCGUIRE was awarded the International Country Broadcaster Award.
NASH ICON artist REBA congratulated MUSGRAVES and HARRIS and notified recipients BAMFORD and MCGUIRE via personalized email. "Access to Country music has never been easier or more prevalent," said TRAHERN. "Utilizing email and social media to have one of our format superstars notify the winners of our international honors brings it all home." For more on the CMA International Awards, visit the CMA website.