Winner of two golden guitars Luke Austen (second from right) with sisters Sam, Brooke and Mollie McClymont made it a winning treble at the golden guitars with the McClymonts winning for Best Group, and Luke winning for heritage song and bush ballad of the year. Photo: ADAM HOURIGAN/The Daily Examiner
Winner of two golden guitars Luke Austen (second from right) with sisters Sam, Brooke and Mollie McClymont made it a winning treble at the golden guitars with the McClymonts winning for Best Group, and Luke winning for heritage song and bush ballad of the year. Photo: ADAM HOURIGAN/The Daily Examiner

Grafton goes Golden

THE country music fraternity of Australia must really think there is something in the water up our way.   At last nights Country Music Association of Australia Golden Guitar award ceremony, Luke Austen and The McClymonts walked away smiling.   Luke, the 2010 Toyota Starmaker was nominated for four awards and picked up the gongs for Bush Ballad and Toyota Heritage Song of the Year, and could not be happier. "Four nominations was a first for Starmaker and I was stoked about that, but two wins especially in these categories is a first as well. "I am just so wrapped. "To be acknowledged as a singer songwriter means the absolute world to me," Luke said. The McClymonts were nominated in five categories and took out Group of Duo for the fourth consecutive year. Kasey Chambers cleaned up at the awards, taking home Golden Guitars for Female Artist of the Year, Vocal Collaboration of the Year, APRA Song of the Year and Single of the Year. "I'm not a greedy person, but don't touch them" Kasey said with a laugh as she clutched her trophies to her chest.

 Nominated in six categories, Lee Kerneghan took home the award for Album of the Year while Graeme Connors was announced the Male Artist of the Year. 



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