Music: Country: CMA: 2009


NASHVILLE – Before Taylor Swift even enters her 20s, she adds four CMA Awards to her collection, winning Entertainer, Female Vocalist, Album and Music Video of the Year at “The 43rd Annual CMA Awards,” which aired live on the ABC Television Network and before a sold-out crowd at the Sommet Center in Downtown Nashville. Continue reading about the 43rd Annual Academy of CMA Awards for 2009.

The 2009 CMA Music Festival


Joe Fish and Pio McCann Presented with the International Country Broadcaster Award; Roger Ryan Presented with the Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award

NASHVILLE - Three respected international media representatives were presented awards from CMA during an Irish showcase at the Sommet Center Plaza Stage Friday during CMA Music Festival. 

Joe Fish and Pio McCann, who hosted the Irish showcase, were each presented with the International Country Broadcaster Award for 2008. Roger Ryan received the 2008 Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award.

"I would like to thank CMA," said Fish. "It's an honor to receive an Award for something that I still enjoy after 30 years."

"I'm hugely honored to receive such a prestigious award from CMA - one of the best days of my life," said McCann. "It makes me proud to be a part of the musical bridge between Nashville and Ireland."

"I am deeply grateful to CMA for giving me the Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award," said Ryan. "Promoting Country Music has been a lifelong passion for me, and to be rewarded in this way is really a dream come true."

Fish has presented Country programs in the United Kingdom for more than 30 years. And since 2000, he has presented the Country shows on BBC Radio Lancashire. He has a successful tour operator company bringing groups to CMA Music Festival each year representing a variety of countries including England, France, Spain, Norway, and Italy.

McCann has been a radio broadcaster for almost 30 years. He has produced a three-hour radio special "When Nashville Came to Ireland," a program which strongly reflects the links between America and Ireland musically and culturally. And he has been a presenter of artist spotlight radio specials including his last special with guest Dolly Parton, which aired in September.

Ryan founded the Country Music Association of Ireland in 1969 and he has spent most of his life promoting Country Music. He has been a Country Music correspondent for the Cork Evening Echo for more than 20 years. He is also the chief writer for Personalities magazine as well as a host of a video show on   

The CMA International Broadcaster Award recognizes outstanding achievement by radio broadcasters outside the United States who have made important contributions toward the development of Country Music in their country.

The Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award recognizes outstanding achievements in the media, which contribute to the development of Country Music outside the United States. Radio, TV, print journalists, authors, editors, television writers, producers, and PR representatives who reside outside of the U.S. are eligible to win this award. Previous winners of both awards are listed at's CMA index

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Award-Winning Songs of the Country Music Association Vol. 3: 1997-2000 (Paperback)
by Hal Leonard Corp. (Creator)

This collector's edition folio features all 20 of the nominated and winning entries for the Country Music Association's highly coveted "Song of the Year" for 1997-2000. It includes hits by superstars such as Lonestar, LeAnn Rimes, Faith Hill, Brooks and Dunn, George Strait and others, as well as an introduction, photos of all the nominated artists, and facts about the beautiful trophy the winners receive. Songs include: Amazed * Blue * Breathe * Butterfly Kisses * Holes in the Floor of Heaven * I Hope You Dance * Strawberry Wine * This Kiss * Time Marches On * and more.

The Award-Winning Songs Of The Country Music Association - First Edition (Paperback)

by Hal Leonard Corp. (Creator)

All of the official top five songs nominated for CMA 'Song Of The Year' from 1967 to 1983. 85 selections, featuring: Always on My Mind * Behind Closed Doors * Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue * Elvira * The Gambler * I.O.U. * Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys * Swingin' * You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma.. 288 pages

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