Country road lined in gold CLASS: Travis Collins has been nominated for six golden guitars.
BIG NIGHT: Lyn Bowtell has seven chances to win a golden guitar, making her the most nominated artist this year.
UNDERDOG: Katie Brianna has been recognised for her wonderful second album, Victim or the Heroine.
FAVOURITE: Kirsty Lee Akers has a massive chance to win best female artist. Picture: Gareth Gardner
INSPIRING: Catherine Britt is nominated for her fundraising single F U Cancer. Picture: Simone De Peak
TweetFacebookHard Light. Collins is also in contention forheritage song of the year with Troy Kemp (Hometown Calling), song of the year with Damien Leith (Call Me Crazy), video of the year (Call Me Crazy) and single of the year (Just Another Girl).
“With these six I’ve been nominated 18 times in total, but I’ve never walked away with one,” Collins said.“I’d like to hope that this January I might be able to bringone home and it’s more of an award for everybody around me, not just myself.
“A lot of the people I know have a hand in selecting these finalists.I’ve looked up to them for so long, soit means a lot to me.”
Bowtell has five nominationsfor hercollaboration with Kevin Bennett and Felicity Urquhart. The albumBennett Bowtell Urquhartis in contentionfor best alternative country album, country album, best group or duo, heritage song (Goulburn Valley Woman), best bluegrass recording (I Hear Them All)and APRA songofthe year(Goulburn Valley Woman).
Bowtell has another two chances to win bestvocal collaborationfor her songsBartender Blueswith Adam Harvey andF U Cancerwith Newcastle’sBritt,Kasey Chambers, Beccy Cole, Josh Pyke, Wes Carr, and Wendy Matthews.
“You kind of think you’ve got enough odds in there that you’ll at least win one, but you never know,” Bowtell said.“It really is an honour to be nominated for that many. To me it says the industry are liking what I’m doing and the fans will hopefully too.”
Travis Collins – Just Another GirlKurri Kurri-bred songstress Akers is also considered a massive chance to finally win best female artist after the breakthrough success of her Country ARIA No.1 album Burn Baby Burn. It’s been 10 years since the then 18-year-old won the Star Maker competition and nine from when she claimed her only golden guitar for best new talent.
An outside chance of a golden guitar is Elermore Vale’sKatie Brianna, whose sophomore record Victim or the Heroinewill compete with Bowtell for best alternative country album. It comes a decade after her only other nomination.
Kirsty Lee Akers – Burn Baby Burn