Golden Guitar Awards to be hosted by Andrew Swift and Catherine Britt
The 2021 Toyota Golden Guitar Awards will be co-hosted by five-time Golden Guitar winner Catherine Britt and two-time winner Andrew Swift.
In addition, the event organisers announced the performers who will be taking to the stage including 2020 ARIA Award winner and seven-time 2021 Golden Guitar nominee Fanny Lumsden, and six-time nominees The McClymonts and Travis Collins.
Other performers will include Amber Lawrence, Aleyce Simmonds, Kirsty Lee-Akers, and Dianna Corcoran , Casey Barnes, Dean Perrett, Luke O’Shea, Melody Moko, Shane Nicholson, and a special performance from Kristy Cox with Tommy Emmanuel, filmed in Nashville.
The night will also feature performances celebrating 50th Anniversary career-milestones for two of the industry’s most respected and enduring performers. The Bushwackers will take the stage to perform a medley of their most loved hits, while a special tribute will celebrate John Williamson’s landmark career.
Tamworth Regional Council is paying for accomodation for all nominees and performers.
Co-host Andrew Swift
The event will take place at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre on Saturday, January 23.
Dan Biddle, chairman of the Country Music Association of Australia (CMAA), said: “Following a year where music has helped keep us together, I look forward to celebrating Australian country music creators who have made an outstanding contribution to our cultural and social fabric by continuing to release their work despite the ongoing challenges faced by our industry.”
Toyota Golden Guitar Awards’ executive producer, Peter Ross, said this year’s awards show has been an honour to produce.
“With the ongoing health concerns relating to COVID-19 and the logistical challenges of creating a safe in-person event experience, I am proud of the show we have been able to compose and the support we have been able to provide the artists. I am also proud that Tamworth can continue to celebrate and recognise the achievements of our country music artists during one of the most difficult times for the entertainment industry.”
Publicity for the event noted both the CMAA and Tamworth Regional Council are committed to the health and safety of artists and visitors, and have a COVID-Safe plan.
“We will also be communicating to attendees that as individuals they must responsibly ensure that they have followed all government instructions if they have been to any State or Nationally identified case locations so that we can ensure we deliver a COVID safe event,” Ross added.
The event will be broadcast Live on the ABC’s Landline Facebook page as well as a live radio broadcast. A 90-minute highlights program will screen on ABC TV at 12:30pm on Sunday, January 24.