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Industry Award & Studio Recording Award Nominees Announced for the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards®

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Encino, CA (February 23, 2016) – The Academy of Country Music® announced today the Industry Award and Studio Recording Award nominees for the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards®. Industry and Studio Recording Awards will not be televised due to time constraints during the live telecast of the 51st ACM Awards co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV on Sunday, April 3rd at 8:00PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

Industry Award and Studio Recording Award honorees will be feted at the 10th Annual ACM Honors™ event at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN this fall.

INDUSTRY AWARD NOMINEES:

NIGHTCLUB OF THE YEAR

  • Boondocks – Springfield, IL
  • Bub City – Chicago, IL
  • The Bluestone – Columbus, OH
  • The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
  • 8 Seconds Saloon – Indianapolis, IN

CASINO OF THE YEAR – SMALL CAPACITY

  • Beau Rivage Resort & Casino – Biloxi, MS
  • Inn of The Mountain Gods – Mescalero, NM
  • Riverwind Casino – Norman, OK
  • Turning Stone Showroom – Verona, NY
  • Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun – Uncasville, CT

CASINO OF THE YEAR – MEDIUM CAPACITY

  • Casino Rama – Rama, ON, Canada
  • Choctaw Casino Event Center – Durant, OK
  • Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, CT
  • The Colosseum at Caesars Palace – Las Vegas, NV
  • The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV

VENUE OF THE YEAR – SMALL CAPACITY

  • Georgia Theatre – Athens, GA
  • House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
  • House of Blues – Boston, MA
  • Terminal 5 – New York, NY
  • The Rave/Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI

VENUE OF THE YEAR – MEDIUM CAPACITY

  • Ascend Amphitheatre – Nashville, TN
  • Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook – Gilford, NH
  • Denny Sanford Premier Center – Sioux Falls, SD
  • Huntington Center – Toledo, OH
  • Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie – Grand Prairie, TX

VENUE OF THE YEAR – LARGE CAPACITY

  • Blossom Music Center – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
  • Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion – Bangor, ME
  • Gorge Amphitheatre – Quincy, WA
  • Klipsch Music Center – Noblesville, IN
  • Xfinity Center – Mansfield, MA

FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR

  • Boots and Hearts Music Festival – Toronto, Canada
  • Faster Horses – Brooklyn, MI
  • Stagecoach – Indio, CA
  • Watershed – Quincy, WA
  • Windy City Smokeout – Chicago, IL

DON ROMEO TALENT BUYER OF THE YEAR

  • Todd Boltin – Variety Attractions
  • Gil Cunningham – Neste Event Marketing
  • Fran Romeo – Romeo Entertainment Group
  • John Valentino – AEG Live
  • Stacey Vee – Goldenvoice

PROMOTER OF THE YEAR

  • Brent Fedrizzi – AEG Live
  • Darin Lashinsky – National Shows 2
  • Brian O’Connell – Live Nation
  • Jason Wright – Live Nation
  • Michael Yerke – House of Blues

STUDIO RECORDING AWARD NOMINEES:

BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  • Mark Hill
  • Tully Kennedy
  • Tony Lucido
  • Michael Rhodes
  • Jimmie Lee Sloas

DRUMMER OF THE YEAR

  • Chad Cromwell
  • Fred Eltringham
  • Shannon Forrest
  • Chris McHugh
  • Nir Zidkyahu

GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  • JT Corenflos
  • Kenny Greenberg
  • Jerry McPherson
  • Danny Rader
  • Derek Wells

PIANO/KEYBOARDS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  • Jim ‘Moose’ Brown
  • Charlie Judge
  • Gordon Mote
  • Steve Nathan
  • Matt Rollings

SPECIALTY INSTRUMENT(S) PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  • Dan Dugmore
  • Glen Duncan
  • Larry Franklin
  • Aubrey Haney
  • Danny Rader

STEEL GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  • Steve Fishell
  • Paul Franklin
  • Steve Hinson
  • Mike Johnson
  • Russ Pahl

AUDIO ENGINEER OF THE YEAR

  • Derek Bason
  • Steve Marcantonio
  • Justin Niebank
  • Vance Powell
  • Reid Shippen

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

  • Nathan Chapman
  • Dave Cobb
  • Ross Copperman
  • Dann Huff
  • Michael Knox
About the Academy of Country Music Awards:
The 51st Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will broadcast LIVE from MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

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