THERE'S no denying Troy Cassar-Daley is the golden boy of the Country Music Awards.
The ultimate ambassador for country music and all round nice guy started tonight's ceremony with seven Golden Guitar nominations, the same as Catherine Britt.
But while Britt collected just one award - Female Artist of the Year for Charlestown Road - Cassar-Daley won four including album and single of the year, best male artist and APRA Song of the Year, The Daily Telegraph reports.
By the time he collected his final award for the night he dragged his manager Roxanne Brown up to the stage and handed her the trophy to thank her for her support with his album Home.
''I'm going to give this one to you to go and sit at your place,'' he said.
''Great managers are few and far between.
''My job is the best job in the world.''
Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson took out Duo of the Year with Adam and Eve, while The McClymonts - who didn't attend te ceremony - won best video for Piece Of Me and the top selling Australian album of the year with Two Worlds Collide.
It was a dream night for Western Australian singer Chelsea Basham, who won Best New Talent with her first-ever Golden Guitar nomination, courtesy of Laugh It Off from her album I Make My Own Sunshine.
''It's a very rewarding feeling and being the first album it's such a buzz that I've been recognised for it,'' she said.
''It's a really satisfying, good feeling.
''Growing up in a rural area was so inspiring and then musically my parents got me into the country genre.''
Basham, 22, grew up in Wongan Hills, 200km northeast of Perth.
Her parents, Sharon and Doug, traveled to Tamworth so they could sit right next to their daughter at last night's awards.
''My parents are as proud as punch and they've been my biggest supporters,''Basham said.
''And it's my Dad's 60th birthday, so it's a good birthday for him.''
The awards showed just how diverse country music has become - rocker Tim Rogers was also a nominee for his collaboration with Britt, titled Troubled Man.
''There is this general trend that's broadening country music now,'' Basham said.
''The likes of Keith Urban and Taylor Swift have made that easier for us, breaking down that barrier of what people think country music is.
''I think it's important to be inspired by all different types of music. At the moment I love Colbie Caillat, that reggae style and beachy style, and then I apply that to my own style.
''And then Adele, that real soul, I love applying that to me big ballads.''
Even though Basham takes inspiration from superstar Swift, she refused to go down the path of ridiculing ex-boyfriends through a song with her debut album.
''It came off the back of a relationship - a rejuvenation album I like to call it,'' Basham said of I Make My Own Sunshine.
''I didn't want to burden people with my misery so I swung it the other way.''
Like so many Australian artists, Basham recorded her album in Nashville, USA.
''When you're in Nashville you're immersing yourself in so much country music and inspiration,'' Basham said.
''Unfortunately, we only have that for one week in Tamworth.''
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