The nominees have been announced for the 2023 CMA International Awards, which honor artists and industry executives who have supported and impacted the growth and promotion of country music in the international marketplace.
Nominees are recognized in multiple categories and voted on by international members of CMA along with a select panel of U.S. professionals who have extensive knowledge in the international market. The nominees are honored for their continued efforts in expanding country music’s reach around the globe.
Voting for the 2023 CMA International Awards is open now through Thursday, Sept. 28. Winners will be announced later this year.
“As we continue to see Country Music grow globally, it is thanks in large part to those who have supported our mission and spearheaded events, initiatives and programming to reach new territories around the world,” says Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “The dedication from each of these nominees has made them a vital part of the success of our genre internationally, and we cannot wait to celebrate them in the coming months.”
“We cannot thank our international award nominees enough for their passion and efforts in expanding our international markets,” says Milly Olykan, CMA Vice President, International Relations & Development. “As we look across the international landscape, it is evident that Country Music has more opportunity than ever to continue expanding across the globe. These international nominees are leading the charge in making that happen. We are grateful for their knowledge and commitment to representing our genre as well as their unwavering passion and commitment to expanding our international markets.”
2023 CMA International Awards Nominees:
Jo Walker Meador International Award
Recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual in advocating and supporting country music’s marketing development in territories outside the United States.
Jon Cauwood (U.K. – Music Consultant)
Sina Hall (Germany – Semmel Concerts)
Natalie Waller (Australia – ABC Music)
Rob Potts International Live Music Advancement Award
Recognizes outstanding achievements by an individual who has made important contributions to the live music industry by extending performance opportunities and building live audiences for country outside of the U.S.
Susan Heymann (Australia – Frontier Touring)
Anna-Sophie Mertens (U.K. – Live Nation)
Ron Sakamoto (Canada – Gold and Gold Productions, LTD.)
Neil Warnock, MBE (U.K. – United Talent Agency)
Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award
Recognizes outstanding achievements in the media as they relate to country outside of the U.S.
Jill Johnson (Sweden – ‘Jills Veranda’ SVT)
Ross Jones (U.K. – Holler)
Richard Murdoch (Scotland – BBC Radio)
Dayna Bourgoin (Canada – Pure Country Radio, iHeart Radio)
International Artist Achievement Award
Recognizes outstanding achievement by a U.S. artist who has demonstrated the most significant creative growth, development and promotion of the country industry outside of the U.S. during the eligibility period.
International Country Broadcaster Award
Recognizes outstanding achievement by a radio broadcaster or syndicated radio reporter outside the U.S. who has made important contributions for the development of country music in his/her country.
Stefanie Jüneman (Germany – FM Maximum Roc)
Joakim Richardson (Sweden – Go Country)
Ricky Ross (U.K. – BBC Radio Scotland)
Justin Thomson (Australia – KIX Country)
Wimpie van der Sandt (South Africa – Bok Radio)
Jeff Walker Global Country Artist Award
Recognizes outstanding achievements by a country music artist signed outside of the U.S. The artist must have furthered the popularity of country as well as brought attention to the format in their foreign-based territory.
Casey Barnes (Australia)
Kaylee Bell (New Zealand)
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