HUNTER songstress Catherine Britt was named female artist of the year at the 41st Country Music Awards of Australia on Saturday night.
It marked the third Golden Guitar for the 28-year-old who also picked up best female artist in 2009 followed by single of the year last year.
‘‘I’ve had the most amazing year out on tour. Being named best female next to Troy [Cassar-Daley] who was named best male is such an honour,’’ Britt said.
For a gallery of red carpet pictures, click here.
Britt is celebrating her latest success on the back of the release of her album Always Never Enough, for which she wrote almost every track and co-produced with Bill Chambers.
She claimed just one award from seven nominations tonight but said she couldn’t ask for any more recognition than best female artist.
It has been a hugely successful festival for the performer. In addition to promoting her album, Britt has launched her band the Hillbilly Killers, which also features Tim Rogers (You Am I) and Bill Chambers.
‘‘Watching and playing with the new band has been one of the highlights of the festival,’’ Britt said.
‘‘Tim [Rogers] has had the best time. He’s a big fan of Tamworth and said he’ll be back every year.’’
The female singer brought a distinctly Novocastrian flair to the Golden Guitars by performing her song Charlestown Road about the street she grew up on.
See how other Hunter musicians and fans spent their time in Tamworth by clicking here.
However it was Troy Cassar-Daley who was the big winner on the night, claiming four awards including best male artist and album of the year.
‘‘It’s still hard to believe your name is on these things,’’ the humble performer said backstage about his Golden Guitars.
Central Coast duo Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson claimed duo of the year on the back of the release of Wreck & Ruin again proving they make a winning combination.
The husband and wife picked up a swag of awards in 2009 with their previous album together Rattlin’ Bones.
The full list of winners for the 2013 Country Music Awards of Australia are:
SINGLE OF THE YEAR Country Is - Troy Cassar-Daley
TELSTRA NEW TALENT OF THE YEAR Chelsea Basham - Laugh It Off
VIDEO CLIP OF THE YEAR Piece Of Me - The McClymonts, directed by Duncan Toombs
GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson - Adam & Eve
INSTRUMENTAL OF THE YEAR Yackandandah1852 - Pete Denahy
TOP SELLING INTERNATIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR Blown Away - Carrie Underwood (Sony)
SANITY TOP SELLING ALBUM OF THE YEAR Two Worlds Collide - The McClymonts
APRA SONG OF THE YEAR Home - written and recorded by Troy Cassar-Daley
ALTERNATIVE COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR - Big Days & Little Years - Camille and Stuie, produced by Stuie French
BUSH BALLAD OF THE YEAR Looking Back - written and recorded by Graham Rodger
VOCAL COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR Women in Song - Tamara Stewart, Sara Storer, Felicity Urquhart
HERITAGE SONG OF THE YEAR The Drovers Wife - written by Luke O-Shea & Peter Gabrielides, recorded by Luke O’Shea
MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR Troy Cassar-Daley - Home
FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR Catherine Britt - Charlestown Road
ALBUM OF THE YEAR Home - Troy Cassar-Daley, produced by Troy Cassar-Daley