Award nominees are selected by a well-rounded group of concert business professionals and voted on by subscribers to Pollstar magazine.

Artists up for awards this year include Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Roger Waters, The Rolling Stones, and Tim McGraw & Faith Hill for Major Tour of the Year, and Carrie Underwood, The Fray, Hinder, James Blunt, Panic! At The Disco, and Wolfmother for Best New Touring Artist.

The North American festivals picking up nominations for Music Festival of the Year are: Austin City Limits Music Festival, Bonnaroo Music Festival, Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, and Lollapalooza.

The International Music Festival of the Year nominees are: Big Day Out Festivals, Download Festival, Reading / Leeds Festival, Rock am Ring / Rock im Park, Roskilde Festival, Summer Sonic, and V Festival.

The nominees for Nightclub of the Year are: 9:30 Club, Bowery Ballroom, Commodore Ballroom, House of Blues Chicago, Nokia Theatre Times Square, and The Wiltern.

Some of the other categories among the 33 awards to be presented (click here for a complete list) include Arena of the Year, Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue, Talent Buyer of the Year, the Bill Graham Award for Promoter of the Year, and Road Warrior of the Year.

This year’s event is being hosted by comedian Lisa Lampanelli, who among other things is credited with basting William Shatner like a turkey during his recent Comedy Central Roast.

An awards party ticket is included with each CIC registration and tickets can also be purchased separately at