CCMAs Shows Some Love For Dean Brody

Hey Romeo also amongst the big winners.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Dean Brody, who performed at last night's Canadian Country Music Awards, took home the prize for Album of the Year, while Hey Romeo was named group of the year for the second consecutive year in a row.

"It's kind of weird for me because I'm a pretty quiet person," Brody said backstage (as reported by The Canadian Press). "I started this whole thing to be a songwriter. I actually moved to Nashville to be a songwriter and the whole artist thing just kind of evolved from being in Nashville and writing songs. Some people were like 'Man, it doesn't sound too bad when you sing. Maybe you should record 'em.' One thing led to the next. So to be in the spotlight… I'm getting more used to it, but it's always a little uncomfortable for me."

The CCMA Gala Awards also boasted live performances by such hit-makers as Jason Blaine, The Heartbroken, Small Town Pistols, Dallas Smith and The Stellas. Throughout the evening the 2012 Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductees, who included Johnny Burke and Ralph Murphy, were celebrated alongside the Hank Smith Award of Excellence recipient Larry Delaney. Also recognized for her outstanding fundraising initiatives was 2012 CCMA Award nominee and recipient of the Slaight Music Humanitarian Award, Tenille.

Open Road Recordings took home the title Record Company of the Year while EMI Music Canada celebrated a win in the Record Company Person of the Year category (Ron Harwood). Long-­time Canadian country star Jimmy Rankin took Roots Artist or Group of the Year while Gord Bamford, Roger Brown and Byron Hill took home the award for Songwriters of the Year for Bamford's 2012 nominated track, Is It Friday Yet?.

“One of things that gives Canada country its great strength is it’s so diverse. There’s people from the east coast and from Ontario and then there’s the new cowboy sound," attendee Paul Brandt said (CBC News).

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