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19-28 January 2018

Toyota Golden Guitar Awards

The Golden Guitars are at the heart of it all - at the heart of the journey for both artists and fans alike. The Awards night gives fans the opportunity to rub shoulders with the biggest names in country music and see all of their favourite artists perform in one huge show.

Presented in Tamworth, the country music capital, as the finale to the 10 day Toyota Country Music Festival Tamworth 2017, the event is much more than just the presentation of the coveted Golden Guitars. The night is a fast-paced concert, showcasing the cream of Australian country music artists and the songs that have left their mark on the fans throughout the past 12 months.


In TRECC’s Lyric Mode, the mid-sized configuration, it will be an even more intimate night of non-stop entertainment and special magic moments you won’t see any where else.

Presented by Tamworth Regional Council and the Country Music Association of Australia (CMAA), The Toyota Golden Guitar Awards are the nation’s longest running music awards concert.

Everyone’s welcome – see you there!

Watch the 2017 Toyota Golden Guitar Awards here!


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Golden Guitar Award trophy


The Country Music Golden Guitar Awards of Australia are held each January during the Tamworth Country Music Festival with The Golden Guitar Awards building the foundation of the Festival. The Awards have been a core event for over 40 years and they represent the pinnacle in Australian Country Music.
It all started in January 1973, radio station 2TM launched the Australasian Country Music Awards. Joy McKean received the first Golden Guitar for “Lights on the Hill”, the song that was made popular by her husband Slim Dusty. To date, over 500 Golden Guitar trophies have been handed out to deserving Country Music artists. Slim Dusty has won a whopping 37 trophies!
The Golden Guitar trophy stands 24cm high and weighs 1.5 kilograms, however it weighs heavily on the hearts of country music artists who have the privilege of winning this award.
“For over 30 years the Golden Guitar Awards have captured the imagination of millions of Australians, forming the foundation for Tamworth’s famous festival and inspiring generations of country music artists and their fans”, says Max Ellis.*

Roll out the red carpet

Today, the Golden Guitar Awards are country music's night of nights. It is where you will see all of the major stars attending, presenting or performing. Arrive early and check out all the glitz and glamour of the red carpet.

2017 Winners


Congratulations to the Golden Guitar winners of the 45th Country Music Awards of Australia.
Held on Saturday 28th of January 2017, at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in  the Tamworth Regional Entertainment Centre TREC.


Album of the Year Things I Carry Around Troy Cassar-Daley (Producer Troy Cassar-Daley)
Alternative Country Album of the Year Bennett Bowtell & Urquhart Bennett Bowtell & Urquhart (Producer Glen Hannah)
Male Artist of the Year Travis Collins Hard Light
Female Artist of the Year Sara Storer Silos
Country Music Capital News Group or Duo of the Year Bennett Bowtell & Urquhart Bennett Bowtell & Urquhart
Regional Australia Bank Vocal Collaboration of the Year F U Cancer Catherine Britt with Kasey Chambers, Beccy Cole, Lyn Bowtell, Josh Pyke, Wes Carr and Wendy Matthews
Bush Ballad of the Year Amazing Night Sara Storer (Songwriter: Sara Storer)
Toyota Heritage Song of the Year The Old Man's Shed Luke O'Shea (Songwriters: Luke O'Shea & John Krsulja)
Instrumental of the Year Song for Manaia Stuie French
Bluegrass Recording of the Year Another Weary Mile Kristy Cox
Qantaslink New Talent of the Year Fanny Lumsden Land of Gold
APRA AMCOS Song of the Year Call Me Crazy Travis Collins (Songwriters: Travis Collins & Damien Leith)
CMC Video Clip of the Year The Truth Walks Slowly(In The Country Side) featuring Rob Hirst O'Shea (Director: Mark O'Shea)
Single of the Year Just Another Girl Travis Collins
Sanity Top Selling Australian Album of the Year Ripcord Keith Urban
CMAA Musician of the Year 2017 Glen Hannah
See previous GG winners since 1973.



* Source: Historical content obtained from ‘The History of Country Music’ by Max Ellis 2005 at www.historyofcountrymusic.com.au.