Shania Twain outshined at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards on Sunday as she picked up the most accolades of the night after serving as host of the festivities.
The Timmins, Ontario-raised superstar eagerly participated in a celebration of her career that included winning the Generation Award and the fans’ choice award.
Her latest album Now was recognized for its appeal across borders, winning the top-selling album and top-selling Canadian album awards.
The CCMA Awards opened with a tribute to Twain’s legendary status led by three of Canadian country music’s new generation of female voices: Jess Moskaluke, Kira Isabella and Madeline Merlo.
Twain then joined the trio on stage to finish the song and proclaim that country remains close to her heart.
“My musical influences have always been diverse but country music gave me a home, a place where a fast-talking girl from northern Ontario, who dreamt for bigger things for her and her family, could be heard,” she said.
Twain also took several opportunities throughout the broadcast to celebrate the inroads women are making in the country music industry. She also called for more progress.
“I’m thrilled to see women in country dominating the album of the year category,” she said, pointing to how rare it was to see so many women among the nominees.
“But we can go further by recognizing a place for diversity in country music by being inclusive and by really respecting what women of the country have always been able to deliver: heart, soul and a kick-ass guitar riff.”
When Twain was given the Generation Award by pop singer Alessia Cara, Twain paused to recognize how Cara is forging a voice for a younger generation.
“Alessia really represents the empowered, independent female of today,” she said.