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Lil Nas X, Dan + Shay Among Those Nominated for a CMA International Award

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By Trace Alan Salzbrenner

The Country Music Association has announced their latest line up of international award nominees. These awards are dedicated to the spread and continuance of country music all over the world and not just the United States, like with their other awards.

Among the list of nominees are artists, executives, and other music industry professionals that have contributed to the international state of country music. The winners will be decided in March and the CMA will host international events in Germany, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Japan to celebrate the winners.

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The Jo Walker Meador International Award is an award that celebrates industry professionals that have significantly contribute to the spread of country music outside of US territories. This mostly focuses on marketing work and other behind the scenes production of the music industry. The nominees in this category are:

-John Esposito, Warner Music Nashville, United States

-Christina Sas, UMG International, Germany

-Brad Turcotte, Universal Music Group Nashville, United States

-Chris York, SJM Concerts, United Kingdom

The Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award is given to an individual who has done outstanding work in media related to country music outside of the United States. The nominees are:

-Tiffany Astle, penelopePR, Canada

-Mathias Bridfelt, SVT, Sweden

-Claire Horton, Claire Horton PR, United Kingdom

-Baylen Leonard, United Kingdom

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The International Artist Achievement Award recognizes a United States-based artist that has demonstrated creative growth, development, and promotion of country music in other countries. The artists nominated in this category are:

-Dan + Shay

-Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus

-Kip Moore

-Maren Morris

-Keith Urban

International Country Broadcaster Award is an award that celebrates the outstanding achievement of a country music broadcaster that does not reside in the United States. The stations nominated for this award are:

-Ben Earle, The Shires, United Kingdom

-Paul Ferguson, Cool 100.1 & 99.5 Hits FM, Canada

-Amanda Kingsland, Rogers Communications, Canada

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The Jeff Walker Global Country Artist Award recognizes outstanding achievement from a country music artist that is signed outside of the United States. The artists in this category are:

-Ilse DeLange, the Netherlands

-James Barker Band, Canada

-Jill Johnson, Sweden

“CMA continues to be inspired by and grateful for the support of our international partners in expanding and evolving the country music genre globally,” says Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “We’re thrilled to honor the industry executives, broadcast partners, and artists who have impacted the country music community outside of the United States as this year’s CMA International Awards nominees.”

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The spread of country music allows the genre to become more diverse and helps it grow beyond anything it could be in the United States alone. These few people have helped spread country music so that it can do just that.

Hopefully soon, there will be more international country music artists that cross over into our hemisphere and share what they have to the genre. Only time will tell when that happens, but for now, we have the country-rap ballad "Old Town Road."

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