Encino, CA (February 26, 2015) – The Academy of Country Music announced today the Industry Award and Studio Recording Award nominees for the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards. Industry and Studio Recording awards will not be televised due to time constraints during the live telecast of the 50th ACM Awards co-hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan from AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, in Arlington, TX on Sunday, April 19th at 8:00PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.
Industry Award and Studio Recording Award honorees will be feted at the 9th Annual ACM Honors event on September 1, 2015 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN.
INDUSTRY AWARD NOMINEES:
CASINO OF THE YEAR – SMALL CAPACITY Hard Rock Live – Biloxi, MS Peppermill Concert Hall – West Wendover, NV Riverwind Casino – Norman, OK Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort – Mount Pleasant, MI WinStar World Casino –Thackerville, OK
CASINO OF THE YEAR – MEDIUM CAPACITY Caesars Windsor Hotel & Casino – Windsor, ON, Canada Casino Rama – Rama, ON, Canada Choctaw Casino Event Center – Durant, OK MGM Grand Casino – Las Vegas, NV The Colosseum at Caesars Palace – Las Vegas, NV
FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR Country Thunder USA: East – Twin Lakes, WI Faster Horses Festival – Brooklyn, MI Stagecoach Festival – Indio, CA Watershed Festival – George, WA Windy City Smokeout: BBQ & Country Music Fest – Chicago, IL
NIGHTCLUB OF THE YEAR Bub City – Chicago, IL Grizzly Rose – Denver, CO House of Blues – Boston, MA Joe’s Bar – Chicago, IL Wild Bill’s – Duluth, GA
VENUE OF THE YEAR – SMALL CAPACITY Cain’s Ballroom –Tulsa, OK Georgia Theatre – Athens, GA Irving Plaza – New York, NY Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN The Rave/Eagles Club – Milwaukee, WI
VENUE OF THE YEAR – MEDIUM CAPACITY Amphitheater At The Wharf – Orange Beach, AL Big Sandy Superstore Arena – Huntington, WV Filene Center At Wolf Trap – Vienna, VA Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO Resch Center – Green Bay, WI
VENUE OF THE YEAR – LARGE CAPACITY BOK Center – Tulsa, OK Cruzan Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL Gorge Amphitheatre – George, WA Hollywood Bowl – Hollywood, CA Klipsch Music Center – Noblesville, IN
DON ROMEO TALENT BUYER OF THE YEAR Gil Cunningham – Neste Event Marketing Gary Osier – Gary Osier Presents Fran Romeo – Romeo Entertainment Group R.J. Romeo – Romeo Entertainment Group Sally Williams – Ryman Auditorium
PROMOTER OF THE YEAR Brent Fedrizzi – AEG Live Patrick McDill – Live Nation Louis Messina – AEG Live/The Messina Group Ed Warm – Joe’s Live Jason Wright – Live Nation
STUDIO RECORDING AWARD NOMINEES:BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR Mark Hill Tully Kennedy Tony Lucido Jimmie Lee Sloas Glenn Worf
DRUMMER OF THE YEAR Chad Cromwell Fred Eltringham Chris McHugh Greg Morrow Nir Z
GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR Tom Bukovac J.T. Corenflos Kenny Greenberg Brent Mason Adam Shoenfeld
PIANO/KEYBOARDS PLAYER OF THE YEAR Tony Harrell John Hobbs Tim Lauer Gordon Mote Michael Rojas
SPECIALTY INSTRUMENT(S) PLAYER OF THE YEAR Glen Duncan Stuart Duncan Aubrey Haynie Danny Rader Ilya Toshinsky
STEEL GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR Dan Dugmore Steve Hinson Mike Johnson Russ Pahl Tommy White
AUDIO ENGINEER OF THE YEAR Chuck Ainlay Derek Bason Ben Fowler Steve Marcantonio F. Reid Shippen
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR Jay Joyce Michael Knox Frank Liddell Joey Moi Frank Rogers
About the Academy of Country Music Awards: The Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The 50th ACM Awards celebrating the golden anniversary of Country Music’s Party of the Year® is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX, on Sunday, April 19, 2015, at 8:00 P.M. live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.