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Country music stars line out for inaugural 'Oscars'

By Lesley Houston

The best of Ireland's country crooners have been celebrated in a musical first in Co Armagh.

The inaugural Irish TV Country Music Awards doffed their stetsons to veterans, newcomers and those who promote the genre over the airwaves.

Co Tyrone country star Philomena Begley was honoured with the living legend award, while Liverpool-born Nathan Carter, whose ancestry lies in Co Donegal, scooped the award for best album of the year.

Lisa McHugh, who hails from Glasgow but has carved her singing career in Ireland, received the best female at Monday's award ceremony at the Armagh City Hotel. Orcard County native Susan McCann, from Forkhill, who can include US Presidents among those she has performed for, also received a gong for the best country personality of the year.

Meanwhile, BBC radio presenter Hugo Duncan scooped an award for best DJ of the year.

Huge crowds turned out for the live broadcast event, which featured the talents of a number of other popular artists like Malachi Cush, Lee Matthews, Mike Denvir, Jimmy Buckley and Declan Nerney.

The awards featured 12 categories allowing the public and Irish TV views to vote for their favourites singers across all facet of country music in Ireland.

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