Lee Kernaghan (pictured) and Felicity Urquhart are the leading nominees for the 2020 Toyota Golden Guitar Awards.

The nominees for all categories were announced at the Seymour Centre in Sydney today.

The awards will take place on Saturday January 25, 2020 at the end of the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Kernaghan, who released the chart topping album Backroad Nation in May is a finalist in eight categories including the coveted TOYOTA ALBUM OF THE YEAR and MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR awards.

Urquhart will also contend for eight categories including TOYOTA ALBUM OF THE YEAR for Frozen Rabbit and FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR.

Sara Storer is also a leading nominee with seven nominations.

While international sensation Morgan Evans has been nominated for four awards ahead of his just announced ARIA Awards performance next week.

Check out ‘Backroad Nation’ by Lee Kernaghan

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Coming in with three nominations is Amber Lawrence, Brad Butcher, Luke O’Shea & Lyn Bowtell, and The Wolfe Brothers.

Brad Cox, Blake O’Conner, Ashleigh Dallas, Gina Jeffreys, Allan Caswell, Michael Waugh, Busby Marou, Cornell & Carr, and Kevin Bennett & The Flood have two each.

Single category nominees include Fanny Lumsden, The Buckleys, Seaforth, Sinead Burgess, Casey Barnes, Rob McCormack, Phil Emmanuel with Jacob Funnell, Mustered Courage, Mickey Pye, Michael Fix, John O’Dea, Jeff Brown, Graham Roger, Dean Perrett, Andrew Swift & Gretta Ziller, The Viper Creek Band, Jetty Road, Angus Gill, Jenny Mitchell and Hayley Marsten.

Check out ‘Chain Of Joy’ by Felicity Urquhart

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Full list of 2020 Toyota Golden Guitar Awards Finalists

TOYOTA ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Amber Lawrence – Spark

Felicity Urquhart – Frozen Rabbit

Lee Kernaghan – Backroad Nation

Morgan Evans – Things That We Drink To

Sara Storer – Raindance

APPLE MUSIC SINGLE OF THE YEAR 

Brad Cox – ‘Rusty Strings’

Felicity Urquhart – ‘Chain of Joy’

Lee Kernaghan – ‘Backroad Nation’

Morgan Evans – ‘Young Again’

The Wolfe Brothers – ‘Hey Brother’

ALT COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Brad Butcher – Travelling Salesman

Hayley Marsten – Spectacular Heartbreak

Jenny Mitchell – Wildfires

Kevin Bennett & The Flood – Blood Red Ties

Michael Waugh – The Weir

CONTEMPORARY COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Amber Lawrence – Spark

Busby Marou – The Great Divide

Cornell & Carr – We Go Way Back

Lee Kernaghan – Backroad Nation

Morgan Evans – Things That We Drink To

TRADITIONAL COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Angus Gill – Welcome to My Heart

Ashleigh Dallas – Reflection

Felicity Urquhart – Frozen Rabbit

Gina Jeffreys – Beautiful Tangle

Sara Storer – Raindance

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Blake O’Connor

Brad Butcher

Lee Kernaghan

Michael Waugh

Morgan Evans

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Amber Lawrence

Ashleigh Dallas

Felicity Urquhart

Gina Jeffreys

Sara Storer

COUNTRY MUSIC CAPITAL NEWS GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR

Busby Marou

Cornell & Carr

Jetty Road

Kevin Bennett & The Flood

The Viper Creek Band

VOCAL COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR

Andrew Swift & Gretta Ziller – ‘Second Hand’

Felicity Urquhart Feat Karl Broadie – ‘Slow It Down’

Lee Kernaghan with The Wolfe Brothers -‘Till It Ends’

Luke O’Shea & Lyn Bowtell – ‘Sing Me A Story’

Sara Storer & Colin Hay -‘Next Year People’

BUSH BALLAD OF THE YEAR

Allan Caswell – ‘Country Copper’

Dean Perrett – ‘His Last Cattle Drive’

Graham Rodger – ‘Knights Of The Saddle’

Jeff Brown – ‘More Times Than I Remember’

John O’Dea – ‘The Drovers Friend’

HERITAGE SONG OF THE YEAR

Brad Butcher – ‘Freshwater Lady’

Felicity Urquhart Feat Shanley Del – ‘Where The Fruit Hangs Low’

Lee Kernaghan – ‘The Trucks Came Through’

Luke O’Shea & Lyn Bowtell – ‘Sing Me A Story’

Sara Storer – ‘Hayrunner’

COCA COLA INSTRUMENTAL OF THE YEAR 

Michael Fix – ‘The Balcony Bunch’

Mickey Pye – ‘Bridle Track’

Mustered Courage – ‘Death Mountain Run’

Phil Emmanuel with Jacob Funnell – ‘Gallaghers Lane’

Rod McCormack – ‘Timeless Traveller’

BLUEGRASS RECORDING OF THE YEAR 

Allan Caswell – ‘Bad Politics’

Hillbilly Goats – ‘Bleed Me Dry’

Kristy Cox – ‘Yesterday’s Heartache’

Mustered Courage – ‘Home Of Lost Lovers (The Ballad Of Glen Turner)’

Rod McCormack – ‘Shimmers’

QANTAS NEW TALENT OF THE YEAR 

Blake O’Connor – ‘Worth A Little More’

Casey Barnes – ‘A Little More’

Sinead Burgess – ‘Reno’

Seaforth – ‘Love That’

The Buckleys – ‘Daydream’

APRA AMCOS SONG OF THE YEAR 

Brad Cox & Jackson Besley – ‘Rusty Strings’

Felicity Urquhart & Kim Richey – ‘Chain Of Joy’

Lee Kernaghan, Colin Buchanan, Garth Porter, Lindsay Rimes, Phil Barton  – ‘Backroad Nation’

Luke O’Shea & Felicity Urquhart  – ‘Sing Me A Story’

Sara Storer & Greg Storer – ‘Raindance’

CMC VIDEO CLIP OF THE YEAR

Fanny Lumsden – ‘Real Men Don’t Cry (War on Pride)’

Felicity Urquhart – ‘Chain of Joy’

Lee Kernaghan – ‘Backroad Nation’

Sara Storer – ‘Raindance’

The Wolfe Brothers – ‘Hey Brother’

The awards will be held on Saturday 25 January 2020 at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre. Tickets are on sale now and available from www.tcmf.com.au.