24 Jan '11, 5am

The coveted 'Golden Guitar' was awarded to the wrong winner

SYDNEY - Organisers of Australian country music's biggest awards night have been left red-faced by an embarrassing bungle in which a coveted 'Golden Guitar' was presented to the wrong winner. The Country Music Association of Australia said it was 'incredibly sorry' that a mix-up saw Lee Kernaghan handed the award for Album of the Year instead of the rightful winner, Graeme Connors. They said the wrong envelope was given to the host of Saturday's awards night, which marked the end of the 39th annual Tamworth Country Music Festival - the nation's most famous celebration of the genre. 'We clearly don't believe that this is good enough for country music, we don't believe it's good enough for the artists, we are incredibly sorry,' association general manager Cheryl Hayes told the media on Sunday. Hayes said that after the award - the final one of the night - had been given out,...

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