Newcastle country songstress Catherine Britt has led the Golden Guitar award nominations with seven nods, including best female artist and best album.
The 27-year-old has the same number of nominations as good friend Troy Cassar-Daley for the 2013 Country Music Awards of Australia.
Central Coast-based husband and wife duo Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson, as well as the McClymont sisters, have scored five nominations.
Britt, who already has two Golden Guitars, has been recognised for her latest album Always Never Enough, for which she wrote every track and co-produced with Bill Chambers.
‘‘It’s great that this album has received such a massive nod,’’ Britt said. ‘‘It was my first time in a co-producing role.’’
In a coup for the region, Britt was one of three Newcastle country performers recognised at the CMAA finalists announcement in Sydney yesterday. Bob Corbett, the 2012 Toyota Star Maker, has been nominated in the best new talent category, while Troy Kemp, of McAlister Kemp, is up for album of the year and duo of the year.
Britt’s single Charlestown Road, about the street she grew up on, is nominated for song of the year.
The CMAAs are on the final night the Tamworth Country Music Festival on January 26.