Keith Urban Presents Tommy Emmanuel With CMA Global Country Artist Award
June 7, 2011 at 12:46 PM (PT)
AUSTRALIAN artist TOMMY EMMANUEL was presented with the 2011 “CMA Global Country Artist Award” on MONDAY, JUNE 6th by CAPITOL/NASHVILLE artist KEITH URBAN, in front of a crowd at the CHEVROLET PRESENTS THE CMA GLOBAL ARTIST PARTY AT THE STAGE in NASHVILLE during 2011 CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL week.
EMMANUEL performed acoustically for the events and URBAN surprised him by joining him on stage for the presentation. The award recognizes outstanding achievement by an artist who has furthered Country Music's popularity and brought attention to the format in their foreign-based territory. Previous winners include PAUL BRANDT from CANADA, TROY CASSAR-DALEY from AUSTRALIA, LEE KERNAGHAN of AUSTRALIA and JASON MCCOY from CANADA.
"This award means so much to me because I spend 90 percent of the year on the road, travelling around the world playing music," said EMMANUEL. "And I tell people about AMERICA because I love this place. I choose to live in NASHVILLE because a lot of the roots of the music that I play are right here and in KENTUCKY. I've always seen it as not just my job but my calling to get out there and play music and show the younger generation that it's cool to be yourself and set your mind on being the best that you can."