By Tiffany Williams
Country music star Shane Yellowbird continues to pick up nominations for some of the country music world’s most prestigious awards. Yellowbird, who attended school in Ponoka and grew up in Hobbema, has been touring the country after performing at the Ponoka Stampede on June. 26.
Yellowbird was nominated on July 30 for a Canadian Country Music Award in the male artist of the year category. Also nominated for male artist of the year are: Paul Brandt, George Canyon, Johnny Reid and Deric Ruttan. The steel guitarist from Yellowbird’s band Evan Ehogetz was also nominated for an award.
Lacombe singer Gord Bamford picked up four CCMA nominations including: single of the year and video of the year for ‘Blame it On That Red Dress,’ songwriter of the year and new talent of the year male.
The awards will be handed out on Sept. 8 at the MTS centre in Winnipeg as part of County Music Week. The gala awards will be hosted by Terri Clark and will be aired on CBC at 8 p.m. with an encore presentation on CMT.
On July 31, Yellowbird was announced as a nominee in the first round of the Aboriginal People’s Choice Awards for best music video for his top 10 hit ‘I Remember the Music.’ It is now in the hands of the fans as they can vote at www.aboriginalpeopleschoice.com before Aug. 20th. The Aboriginal People’s Choice Awards will be announced on Nov. 7 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg.