Pollstar Awards Nominees Unveiled

Congratulations to the

29th Annual Pollstar Award nominees.

This year’s 37 categories include Best New Headliner, Most Creative Stage Production, Music Festival of the Year, Nightclub of the Year, Bobby Brooks Award/Agent of the Year, Talent Buyer of the Year, Personal Manager of the Year, Bill Graham Award/Promoter of the Year, and Sound Company of the Year.
Major Tour of the Year nominees include Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Garth Brooks, Guns N’ Roses, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and U2. 

Brooks is also a nominee for Country Tour of the Year, while GNR, Petty and U2 are up for Rock Tour of the Year. Mars is a nominee in both the Pop and Urban/R&B categories.

The nominees were selected by a panel of more than 200 agents, managers, promoters, venue operators, and others who work in the live entertainment industry.
Their only guideline was that they could not nominate themselves or their companies.
All Pollstar subscribers will receive a special email containing a voting link for the online ballot on Friday, Nov. 17. Please check your spam folders if it doesn't arrive in your inbox.
The winners of the 29th Annual Pollstar Awards will be announced on Feb. 8 at the Wiltern Theatre in L.A. following the Feb. 6-8 Pollstar Live! conference at the Intercontinental Los Angeles Downtown.

Live Nation is the presenting sponsor of the Pollstar Awards.

The complete list of nominees below. Visit Pollstar.live for more information about the conference and awards show.
Complete List of Nominees:

Major Tour of the Year
Bruno Mars
Garth Brooks
Guns N’ Roses
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Most Creative Stage Production
Ed Sheeran
Katy Perry
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Roger Waters

Comedy Tour of the Year
Amy Schumer
Chris Rock
Dave Chappelle
Jerry Seinfeld
Jim Gaffigan
Kevin Hart

Country Tour of the Year
Chris Stapleton
Eric Church
Garth Brooks
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

Rock Tour of the Year
Foo Fighters
Guns N’ Roses
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Roger Waters

Urban / R&B Tour of the Year
Bruno Mars
Chance The Rapper
J. Cole
Kendrick Lamar
The Weeknd

Latin Tour of the Year
Enrique Iglesias
Gloria Trevi vs Alejandra Guzman
Luis Fonsi
Marc Anthony
Marco Antonio Solis

Pop Tour of the Year
Ariana Grande
Bruno Mars
Harry Styles
Justin Bieber
Katy Perry
Lady Gaga

Best New Headliner
Harry Styles
Portugal. The Man
Shawn Mendes
The xx

Music Festival of the Year
Austin City Limits Music Festival | Austin, TX
Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival | Manchester, TN
Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival | Indio, CA
Kaaboo Del Mar | Del Mar, CA
Lollapalooza Festival | Chicago, IL
Stagecoach: California’s Country Music Festival | Indio, CA

International Music Festival of the Year
Barclaycard British Summer Time | London, UK
Bluesfest | Byron Bay, Australia
C2C: Country to Country | London & Glasgow, UK; Dublin, Ireland
Glastonbury Festival | Pilton, UK
Lollapalooza Brazil | Sao Paulo, Brazil
Primavera Sound | Barcelona, Spain

Nightclub of the Year
9:30 Club | Washington, DC
Brooklyn Steel | Brooklyn, NY
The Fillmore Philadelphia | Philadelphia, PA
House of Blues Boston | Boston, MA
Joe’s Bar | Chicago, IL
Thalia Hall | Chicago, IL

Theatre of the Year
Beacon Theatre | New York, NY
Bellco Theatre | Denver, CO
Fox Theatre | Atlanta, GA
Radio City Music Hall | New York, NY
Ryman Auditorium | Nashville, TN
The Wiltern | Los Angeles, CA

Arena of the Year
Barclays Center | Brooklyn, NY
BOK Center | Tulsa, OK
Bridgestone Arena | Nashville, TN
Forum | Inglewood, CA
Madison Square Garden | New York, NY
Staples Center | Los Angeles, CA
T-Mobile Arena | Las Vegas, NV

Red Rocks Award / Best Small Outdoor Venue
Ascend Amphitheater | Nashville, TN
Filene Center At Wolf Trap | Vienna, VA
Greek Theatre At UC Berkeley | Berkeley, CA
Greek Theatre | Los Angeles, CA
Santa Barbara Bowl | Santa Barbara, CA
Vina Robles Amphitheatre | Paso Robles, CA

Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue

Forest Hills Stadium | Forest Hills, NY
Gorge Amphitheatre | Quincy, WA
Hollywood Bowl | Los Angeles, CA
Lakeview Amphitheater | Syracuse, NY
Merriweather Post Pavilion | Columbia, MD
Shoreline Amphitheatre | Mountain View, CA

Best New Concert Venue
The Anthem | Washington, DC
Brooklyn Steel | Brooklyn, NY
Levitt Pavilion Denver | Denver, CO
Little Caesars Arena | Detroit, MI
Wintrust Arena | Chicago, IL
U Arena Paris | Nanterre, France

International Venue of the Year
Manchester Arena | Manchester, UK
The O2 | London, UK
O2 Arena | Prague, Czech Republic
Royal Albert Hall | London, UK
Ziggo Dome | Amsterdam, Netherlands

Venue Executive of the Year
Becky Colwell | Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
David Kells | Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN
Keith Sheldon | Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Ken Kuhl | American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
Kim Bedier | Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, WA
Nick Spampanato | Forum, Inglewood, CA

Nightclub Talent Buyer of the Year
Donna Busch | The Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
Ed Warm | Joe’s Bar, Chicago, IL, Joe’s Live, Rosemont, IL, The Rave, Milwaukee, WI
Jake Samuels | Thalia Hall, Chicago, IL & SPACE, Evanston, IL
Josh Moore | Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY & Terminal 5, New York, NY
Melanie Cantwell | 9:30 Club, The Anthem, Lincoln Theatre, Washington, DC
Stacie George | Irving Plaza, New York, NY, Warsaw, Brooklyn, NY & The Paramount, Huntington, NY

Talent Buyer of the Year
Ali Harnell | AEG Presents / MTG
Amy Corbin | C3 Presents
Brian O’Connell | Live Nation
Don Strasburg | AEG Presents
Rich Best | Live Nation
Stacy Vee | Goldenvoice

Bill Graham Award / Promoter of the Year
Darin Lashinsky | NS2
Don Fox | Beaver Productions
Gregg Perloff | Another Planet Entertainment
Larry & Fred Frank | Frank Productions Concerts
Michael Smardak | Outback Concerts
Seth Hurwitz | I.M.P.

International Promoter of the Year
Andy Copping | Live Nation – UK
Barrie Marshall | Marshall Arts
Denis Desmond | MCD Productions
Folkert Koopmans | FKP Scorpio Konzertproduktionen
Michael Chugg | Chugg Entertainment
Simon Moran | SJM

Bobby Brooks Award / Agent of the Year
Cara Lewis | CLG – Cara Lewis Group
Dennis Arfa | Artist Group International
Jay Williams | WME
Kirk Sommer | WME
Marlene Tsuchii | Creative Artists Agency
Marty Diamond | Paradigm Talent Agency
Scott Clayton | Creative Artists Agency

Third Coast Booking Agent of the Year
Abby Wells Baas | WME
Curt Motley | United Talent Agency
Jay Williams | WME
Joe Atamian | Paradigm Talent Agency
John Huie | Creative Artists Agency
Matthew Morgan | Creative Artists Agency

UK Booking Agent of the Year
Emma Banks | Creative Artists Agency UK
Ian Huffam | X-ray Touring
James Alderman | Free Trade Agency
Mike Greek | Creative Artists Agency UK
Rod MacSween | International Talent Booking
Steve Strange | X-ray Touring

Independent Booking Agency of the Year
Artist Group International
The Billions Corporation
High Road Touring
Madison House

Booking Agency of the Year
Creative Artists Agency
Paradigm Talent Agency
United Talent Agency

Rising Star
Aaron Tannenbaum, Creative Artists Agency
James Rasmussen, Golden 1 Center
Joe Giordano, BOK Center
Keith Sheldon, Barclays Center
Lenore Kinder, AEG Presents
Tommy Bruce, Full Stop Management

Personal Manager of the Year
Clarence Spalding | Rascal Flatts, Jason Aldean
Coran Capshaw | DMB, Phish, Chris Stapleton
Irving Azoff | Eagles, Journey
John Silva | Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age
Jonathan Kessler | Depeche Mode
Tony Dimitriades | Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Road Warrior of the Year
Dale “Opie” Skjerseth | The Rolling Stones, Guns N’ Roses
Gus Brandt | Foo Fighters, Pharrell Williams
Jerome Crooks | Soundgarden, Tool, NIN
Keith Keller | Drake, Metallica, Jay-Z
Mark “Springo” Spring | Paul McCartney
Narci Martinez | Red Hot Chili Peppers, Florence and the Machine

Lighting Company of the Year
Bandit Lites
Premier Global Production

Sound Company of the Year
Clair Global
Clearwing Productions
Eighth Day Sound Systems
Rat Sound Systems
Sound Image
VER Tour Sound

Staging / Equipment Company of the Year
All Access Staging and Productions
G2 Structures
Gallagher Staging
Mountain Productions

Transportation Company of the Year
All Access Transportation
Pioneer Coach
Rock-It Cargo
Senators Coaches
Sound Moves

Video Company of the Year
Colonel Tom Touring
Moo TV
PRG Nocturne
RD Touring

Tech Enhancement of the Year
3D Live, Flying Lotus
Eyellusion, Dio
Xylobands, Coldplay