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Lee Kernaghan Accidentally Awarded the Golden Guitar at 2011 Tamworth Country Music Festival Instead of Graeme Connors

Oops! Tamworth Country Music Festival Does a Top Model

In an incident that reminds us a little (OK, a lot) of the whole Australia’s Next Top Model fiasco — when Sarah Murdoch mistakenly announced the wrong winner on a live telecast — the Tamworth Country Music Festival ended with a similar hitch on the weekend when Lee Kernaghan was wrongly awarded the Golden Guitar, the event’s highest honour. The rightful winner was Graeme Connors, whose name was actually printed on the trophy, but the wrong envelope had been handed to host Ray Hadley, who read the winner for Top Selling Album of the Year instead of Album of the Year. Country Music Association of Australia general manager Cheryl Hayes said human error, confusion and a late night were to blame, saying, “We clearly don’t believe that this is good enough for country music; we don’t believe it’s good enough for the artist. We are incredibly sorry.” Kernaghan still made his acceptance speech and a gracious Connors said, “Part of the beauty of humanity is that we occasionally make mistakes . . . in the current situation, with so many dire events surrounding us, it is a very small hiccup.”

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