Kendra Kay’s fans and the Manitoba music industry both gave her a big thumbs up last Saturday in Winnipeg. The Elkhorn singer won the Fans Choice award at the biggest annual event in Manitoba country music, and she got to perform the closing song with country music star Patricia Conroy.
The 2018 Manitoba Country Music Awards (MCMAs) were handed out Nov. 10 in downtown Winnipeg.
Kay learned back in September that she had been nominated in three categories: Female Artist of the Year, Single of the Year (for the song “Buy You a Drink”), and Fans’ Choice.
She says she never expected to beat the tough competition in the room that night.
“I was almost in tears from happiness and my heart started beating really fast. The fact that the award is fan-voted made the feeling that much more amazing!
“There was over 5,000 votes and I couldn’t and still can’t believe that I claimed the title!”
Not only that, but news of her win came right at the moment when she was preparing to take the stage with country music great and show host Patricia Conroy.
“Getting the opportunity to perform with her was amazing. We sang two of her biggest hits: My Baby Loves Me and closed out the night with Keep Me Rocking. Between winning and accepting the award to performing with Patricia on stage, that was the most memorable 10 minutes of the year!”
Having her boyfriend Buddy, parents Ken and Sandra Kvemshagan, her bandmates and manager all in attendance for the gala was icing on the cake.
Kay snagged her very first MCMA award in 2015 when she won Female Artist of the Year. But Fans Choice is a valuable recognition she feels will impact the band’s future.
“When festivals and show bookers are looking for acts to book, they usually want an artist who is going to draw a crowd, so winning an award like this proves that I have a very supportive following!”
Other winners at the 2018 MCMA awards were Don Amero picking up three trophies including Male Artist of the Year, Leanne Pearson winning Female Artist of the Year, and Dauphin’s Countryfest being named Event of the Year.