HAMILTON, Ont. -- Perennial favourite Johnny Reid and rising star Dean Brody split the haul on Monday night at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards.
Each artist took home three trophies at the award show being held this year at Hamilton's Copps Coliseum.
Reid nabbed the fans' choice award, male artist of the year and the CMT video of the year honour with Today I'm Gonna Try and Change the World, a clip directed by Margaret Malandruccolo.
The Scottish-born, Toronto-bred country crossover sensation came into the evening holding a leading six nominations, including album of the year, for his sixth studio album A Place Called Love, which is certified double platinum in Canada.
But that honour went to Brody, a 36-year-old from Jaffray, B.C., for his heartfelt and autobiographical second album Trail in Life.
"Every year I tell him 'One of these days, Dean, you're going to stand up there and take home not only a piece of glass but something much more than that' " said Reid. "All the years and hard work... to be recognized, it's wonderful."
Brody was also named songwriter of the year for the album's title track prior to the CBC-TV broadcast, then was back during the telecast to accept single of the year for the same song.
Brody, dressed casual in blue jeans and a plaid short-sleeve shirt, says the Trail has taken him from a place when he felt he was in the gutter to a career night at the CCMAs.
"At one point we're living in (my wife's) parents' garage, I was so embarrassed, was hiding out from my own friends in my own town," recalled a teary Brody during his speech.
After the show, Brody, who performed his rocking and melodic number People Know You by Your First Name, got emotional when asked about how far he had come in his career.
"To be here today and to see my dad out there, he was crying. My dad doesn't cry. That means the world to me coming from where we started out."
Last year, Reid took home four trophies, including awards for single of the year, songwriter of the year and the fans' choice trophy.
He was the big winner in '09 too, collecting prizes for album of the year, male artist of the year and, again, songwriter of the year.
"It never gets old (winning)," said Reid. "And I really feel like I'm just getting started. There's so many more things I want to do in my career."
Canadian country veteran Terri Clark, meanwhile, topped the female artist of the year category for her fourth career CCMA.
-- The Canadian Press