SIS­TER ACT

THE MCCLYMONTS HOST THE COUN­TRY MU­SIC CHAN­NEL AWARDS LIVE FROM OUR BACK­YARD TONIGHT

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Host­ing the eighth CMC Awards is a wel­come dis­trac­tion for Sam McC­ly­mont. One third of The McClymonts, Sam would much rather be pre­sent­ing than ner­vously wait­ing in the au­di­ence for the three cat­e­gories the all-sis­ter trio is nom­i­nated for this year.

“When you go to an awards show (as a nom­i­nee) you’re re­ally ner­vous sit­ting there just wait­ing for your cat­e­gory,” she says. “This way we’ll be pre­oc­cu­pied. We’ll be too ner­vous host­ing to think about it.”

Sam and her sis­ters Brooke and Mol­lie take over host­ing du­ties from ris­ing coun­try mu­sic star Mor­gan Evans, who is fo­cus­ing on fur­ther­ing his ca­reer over­seas.

“He is way too busy tak­ing over Amer­ica, so he’s handed over the ba­ton to the three of us,” Sam says.

“He does such an amaz­ing job every year. We’re so lucky we’re in a group and the pres­sure’s not down to one of us.”

This will be the first time coun­try mu­sic fans have seen the sis­ters to­gether since Jan­uary’s Golden Gui­tar Awards in Tam­worth.

While Sam con­tin­ues to set­tle in with her seven-mon­thold son Wilder and Mol­lie pre­pares for the ar­rival of her sec­ond child, Brooke is on the road tour­ing with hus­band Adam Eck­er­s­ley.

“Mol­lie’s very preg­nant. She’s go­ing to be such a trooper. I’m pretty sure her doc­tor just thinks she’s mad,” Sam says.

“It’s just been all these ba­bies lately in our fam­ily. If we said no to things then we’d never be do­ing any­thing, so we just say yes and carry on.”

The eighth an­nual CMC Mu­sic Awards re­turn to The Star Gold Coast for the sec­ond year in a row.

The awards show will fea­ture a stel­lar line-up of per­form­ers in­clud­ing Grammy win­ner Dar­ius Rucker, Kelsea Bal­lerini and The Wolfe Brothers.

With a record-break­ing 521,296 votes cast, Travis Collins, The McClymonts and Adam Brand lead this year’s nom­i­na­tions.

There will also be a spe­cial trib­ute to Rob Potts, who passed away late last year in a tragic mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent.

Along­side CMC and Chugg En­ter­tain­ment, Potts co­founded CMC Rocks Fes­ti­val and ran Rob Potts En­ter­tain­ment Edge.

Lee Ker­naghan will present the CMC New Artist of the Year cat­e­gory, which has been re­named the The Rob Potts Trib­ute/CMC New Artist of Year.

“There won’t be a dry eye in the house,” Sam says.

“Rob was such a pow­er­house in our in­dus­try. There was no one like him in terms of sup­port­ing new artists and con­nect­ing them to fans. He is def­i­nitely some­one very, very well loved in our in­dus­try and some­one we’re go­ing to miss dearly. It’s go­ing to be a very spe­cial mo­ment in the show.”

Thank­fully, the CMC Awards won’t be the last fans see of The McClymonts this year.

“We’ve started to put a tour to­gether for the back end of the year,” Sam says.

“We’ve also got a new sin­gle, Like We Used To, com­ing out from our al­bum End­less soon. It’s so nice peo­ple are still lov­ing the al­bum and get­ting be­hind it. It went back into the charts af­ter the Golden Guitars.

“It’s an al­bum I’m re­ally proud of and I’m glad we can still tour it. I don’t think it’s fin­ished yet.”

The eighth an­nual CMC Mu­sic Awards air live on Fox­tel’s CMC Chan­nel tonight at 7.30pm

YOU’RE RE­ALLY NER­VOUS SIT­TING THERE JUST WAIT­ING FOR YOUR CAT­E­GORY. THIS WAY WE’LL BE PRE­OC­CU­PIED. WE’LL BE TOO NER­VOUS HOST­ING

Coun­try trio The McClymonts have taken over host­ing du­ties for tonight’s CMC Mu­sic Awards at The Star Gold Coast.

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