The UK Country Music Awards 2018
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(photos by James Hemmings)

The 2018 UK Country Music Awards took place on Saturday 1st September at Radisson Blu East Midlands. The event coincided with's 11th Birthday.

The event began with a pre-show acoustic performance in the hotel bar by well-known Midlands songstress Ann Duggan accompanied by guitarist Rob Hines.
Ann Duggan & Rob Hines
Ann DugganRob Hines

Guests moved through to the main conference suite for the ceremony, hosted by founder Allan Watkiss with guest host Ann Duggan
Allan Watkiss & Ann Duggan
Allan Watkiss & Ann Duggan
The main show began with a performance from seven-piece London-based country rock band Grand Prairie. The band, fronted by New Zealand native Rob Wilson and Jenny Ormonde from Ireland were making their five appearance at the event.
Grand Prairie

Jenny & Rob
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Grand Prairie
The evening's first Award was for UK Country Group of the Year. Sponsor Graham L.Hall's Country Spirit came to the stage to announce Gary Perkins & The Breeze as the Award's winner for the third year running.
Graham L.Hall
Guests at the ceremony enjoyed the first of a three-course celebratory dinner before triple Award finalist Philippa Hanna took to the stage. Philippa performed a superb acoustic set accompanied by her husband Joel Cana on cajon
Philippa Hanna
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The next Award to be announced was for UK Country Duo Of The Year. Yorkshire-based singer and model Saskia Vese was invited to announce the Award winner, after an acoustic version of her latest single "Slow Dance".
(photos by John Turnbull)
Saskia VeseSaskia Vese
Saskia announced The Shires as UK Country Duo Of The Year 2018. It's Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes' second UK Country Music Award.

The main course of the celebratory Award dinner followed before Zenne took to the stage. We were delighted to have double UK Country Music Award winner Zenne perform at the ceremony, as she has been a strong supporter of and its aims for several years.
The next Award was for UK Male Country Singer Of The Year. The Award was sponsored by The Big Wide Wonderful World Of Daffy Don Allen. It was presented by Caroline Walker, the daughter of the late Daffy Don Allen who introduced many people in the UK to country music through Radio Caroline in the 1960s.
Caroline Walker
Caroline announced Danny McMahon as the UK Male Country Singer of the Year. The award for the up and coming artist came as he was performing an opening set for US star Charlie Worsham in Bristol.

After desserts were served, Angela Conway from sponsors Number 24, Upton on Severn's premier gift shop, announced Penny Jayne Black as the UK Female Country Singer Of The Year.
Angela Conway of Number 24

Guests were treated to a superb set from Glasgow-based Michael McMillan and his band. The five-piece outfit performed songs from Michael's album "Cross Country" which is full of "stories from the heart of the streets to the streets of the heart".
Michael McMillan Band
Michael McMillan BandMichael McMillan
Michael McMillanMichael McMillan Band
Michael McMillan Band
The next Award, for UK Country Album of The Year, was presented by Callum Mountford. Callum, at just 16 years old, was a finalist for UK Male Country Singer Of The Year. He explained on stage how he had spent his school holidays working on his debut album before announcing the winner as "Wild Silence" by London-based band The Wandering Hearts
Callum Mountford
The final of the Listeners' Club Song Award took place next. This is a special Award for one of the songs promoted by a UK artist or writer through in the previous year. A video of Finalist Lily Garland was shown, before the four other finalists The Mighty Stampede, Wayne Jacobs, Johnny Chirnside and Robyn Taylor took to the stage to perform their songs.
The Mighty Stampede
Wayne JacobsRobyn TaylorJohnny ChirnsideWhile the votes on the night were being counted, well-respected Oxfordshire-based singer-songwriter Ags Connolly took to the stage for an acoustic performance
Ags ConnollyAgs Connolly

Following Ags' performance, the Finalists for the top award, UK Country Artist Of The Year, who were present, were invited to the stage. Certificates marking their achievement in making the Final were presented to Philippa Hanna, Hannah Johnson, Jenny June, Helena Mace and Lee Paul.
UK Country Artist of the Year Finalists
Next, having tallied up the votes at the ceremony and added them to those received in the first round voting earlier in the year, it was time to announce the winner of the Listeners' Club Song Award. Award sponsors Ken Meakin and Rachel Sellick of Country Music Social Media came to the stage to announce Wayne Jacobs as the winner for his song "Signs Of Love".
Country Music Social Media

The final Award of the evening was for UK Country Artist Of The Year. Katie and Hayley of Cheshire-based twin sister act Cinder Hill were invited to the stage and announced the winner as Hannah Johnson.
Cinder Hill
Hannah Johnson - UK Country Artist Of The Year
The newly-named UK Country Artist of The Year Hannah Johnson then brought the evening to a rousing close with a performance with her band The Broken Hearts.
Hannah Johnson & The Broken Hearts
Hannah JohnsonHannah Johnson & The Broken Hearts
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Hannah Johnson & The Broken Hearts
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Hannah Johnson & The Broken HeartsHannah Johnson & The Broken HeartsHannah Johnson & The Broken Hearts

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