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Keith Urban, Beccy Cole reign at Australian Country Music Awards

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Brad Paisley is joined by Keith Urban for a tribute to Glen Campbell.

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The winners of this year's Country Music Awards of Australia have been announced.

Keith Urban and Beccy Cole each took home two Golden Guitar gongs at the 40th anniversary of the Aussie music ceremony, held at Tamworth's Regional Entertainment Centre last night.

According to AAP, Urban was named 'Male Artist of the Year' and also won a prize for his album Get Closer. Cole won 'Female Artist of the Year' and was also honoured for 'Vocal Collaboration of the Year' for her duet with Kasey Chambers, 'Millionaires'.

Urban told his fans via video link: "Thank you so much. The biggest thank you to all you guys out there who bought this record. I appreciate that so much. Have a blast in Tamworth."

Cole, who beat nominees such as Kirsty Akers and Katrina Burgoyne in her category, said backstage at the event: "I can hardly speak, I'm just blown away. It's a thrill for me, it's great. It feels fantastic. To receive an award for a project that you've put your heart and soul into it is such a reward, it really is."

Adam Harvey won 'Album of the Year' for Falling into Place, Shane Nicholson got 'APRA Song of the Year' for 'Bad Machines', Melbourne foursome Jetty Road were named 'Group or Duo of the Year', while Mark and Jay O'Shea were awarded the 'New Talent of the Year' gong.

After picking up 'Single of the Year' for her song 'Sweet Emmylou', Catherine Britt said: "I thought I was no chance, I was sitting there going, 'It's Keith Urban, it's Lee Kernaghan'. I did sit there in shock for a moment after I won it, but I'm completely over the moon."

The awards ceremony, which featured performances by Cole, Harvey and Troy Cassar-Daley, took place at the end of the 2012 Tamworth Country Music Festival.

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Watch Beccy Cole and other artists perform at last night's Country Music Awards of Australia below:

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