The 2017 ARIA Awards nominations were revealed yesterday at a launch event at the Art Gallery of NSW. The 'Best Country Album' sees former winners Kasey Chambers, Lee Kernaghan, Shane Nicholson and The McClymonts all get nominations, with only husband & wife duo O'Shea yet to win the an award at musics night of nights. If you look at pure form, you'd be mistaken for thinking that Kasey Chambers is a certainty for the award, having won it on seven previous occasions - eight if you include the Dead Ringer Band in 1996. Shane Nicholson has won it three times, twice sharing the award with Chambers, and last won in 2015. The McClymonts picked up an ARIA Award in 2012 for Two Worlds Collide.
Surprisingly, it has been 23-years since Lee Kernaghan won his last Best Country Album ARIA Award for 'Three Chain Road' in 1994. Although, they did create a special 'Outstanding Achievement Award' to present to him in 2015 on the back of his success for Spirit of the ANZAC. (For some reason, the highest selling Australian album in 2015 couldn't get a nomination for Album of the Year nor could it win Best Country Album in 2015).
While Mark & Jay O'Shea would be hoping to claim their first ARIA Award to add to their Golden Guitar collection.
The Nominations are:
Kasey Chambers 'Dragonfly'
Lee Kernaghan 'The 25th Anniversary Album'
Shane Nicholson 'Love and Blood'
The McClymonts 'Endless'
Winners will be announced on Tuesday 28th November at The Star in Sydney. Check out the full list of nominees and winners across other categories here.
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