Not a golden night for Connors
MACKAY'S Graeme Connors has walked away from this year's Tamworth Country Music Festival empty handed after failing to snare a Golden Guitar award.
Despite being named a finalist in four categories (Album of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, APRA Song of the Year and Toyota Heritage Song of the Year), Connors was overlooked on each occasion on Australian country music's night of nights.
Connors' album At The Speed of Life was beaten by Adam Harvey's Falling Into Place for Album of the Year, while Keith Urban took home the Male Artist of the Year gong.
Shane Nicholson's Bad Machines was named APRA Song of the Year and the Golden Guitar for the Toyota Heritage Song of the Year (which Connors was nominated twice) went to The Bushwackers (I am Australian).
Australian country music legends Keith Urban and Beccy Cole were the big winners on the night, both picking up a brace of Golden Guitars.
2012 Golden Guitar winners
ALBUM OF THE YEAR - Falling Into Place (Adam Harvey)
SANITY TOP SELLING ALBUM OF THE YEAR - Get Closer (Keith Urban)
MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR - Keith Urban
FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR - Beccy Cole
GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR - Jetty Road
VOCAL COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR - Millionaires (Beccy Cole & Kasey Chambers)
TELSTRA NEW TALENT OF THE YEAR - O'Shea
APRA SONG OF THE YEAR - Bad Machines (Shane Nicholson)
VIDEO CLIP OF THE YEAR - Children Of The Gurindji (Sara Storer & Kev Carmody)
SINGLE OF THE YEAR - Sweet Emmylou (Catherine Britt)
TOYOTA HERITAGE SONG OF THE YEAR - I Am Australian (The Bushwackers)
FENDER INSTRUMENTAL OF THE YEAR - OMFG (Davidson Brothers)
BUSH BALLAD OF THE YEAR - Channel Country Ground - (Written by Merv Maltman, recorded by Dean Perrett & Lee Kernaghan)
2011 PRODUCER OF THE YEAR - Matt Fell
2011 ENGINEER OF THE YEAR - Ted Howard
2011 MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR - Mark Punch