Troy Cassar-Daley wins four Golden Guitars.
Troy Cassar-Daley wins four Golden Guitars. Seanna Cronin

Troy Cassar-Daley rules the Golden Guitars

TROY Cassar-Daley is the reigning king of Australian country music after taking home four Golden Guitars in Tamworth tonight.

The father of two took home the most gongs at the 41st annual Country Music Awards of Australia, including Album of the Year and Male Artist of the Year for his eighth studio album Home.

Daley dedicated his final award of the night to his manager Roxanne Brown, who encouraged him to produce his own album.

Troy Cassa-Daley and his manager Roxanne Brown.
Troy Cassa-Daley and his manager Roxanne Brown. Seanna Cronin

"Without Roxy this (Home) wouldn't have happened," he said.

"I doubted myself for ages.

"She said 'you're old enough and you're ugly enough to look after yourself'."

The 43-year-old certainly looked like he felt right at home in Tamworth, where he has been performing since the tender age of 11.

"It doesn't get old I tell ya," he said after winning his third award of the night.

Fellow Grafton natives The McClymonts took home two awards for their third studio album Two Worlds Collide, including Top Selling Album of the Year, although the sisters were noticeably absent from the awards night.

Catherine Britt, who tied Daley with seven nominations, took home one award for Female Artist of the Year.

Catherine Britt wins her third Golden Guitar.
Catherine Britt wins her third Golden Guitar. Seanna Cronin

The new-look CMAA awards ceremony included 13 live performances and guest presenters Charlotte Dawson and Home and Away's Steve Peacock.

The late Jimmy Little was honoured in a special tribute and I've Been Everywhere songwriter Geoff Mack was given a Lifetime Achievement Award.

The night closed with a rendition of Mack's iconic hit performed by the Sunny Cowgirls.

The 2013 CMAA winners:

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



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