Most eyes may have been on the Academy Awards last night but a few folks in Nashville were also aware of the ongoing Pollstar Awards, the yearly ceremony dedicated to live music-tours and venues. Paul McCartney was the night's big winner in that he took the prize for Major Tour of The Year, the afternoon's headlining trophy.
Other winners include Katy Perry for Most Creative Stage Production. Sam Smith for Best New Touring Artist. Many of the awards at Pollstar deal with venues and shows themselves and not just the performers putting them on. Austin City Limits won for Major Music Festival of The Year and a number of prizes also went out to some of the most well-renowned venues in the United States, including the Hollywood Bowl and Red Rocks Amphitheater.
One can't help but think there was some bias going on however: Arena of The Year went to Nashville's own Bridgestone Arena, and Theatre of The Year went to Ryman Auditorium...the venue that was also hosting the event. Several other Nashville natives won awards for things such as Talent Buyer of The Year, which went to Tennessean Brian O'Connell.
You can decide for yourself and check out the rest of the awards below:
Major Tour Of The Year: Paul McCartney
Most Creative Stage Production: Katy Perry
Comedy Tour Of The Year: Dave Chappelle
Best New Touring Artist: Sam Smith
Major Music Festival Of The Year: Austin City Limits Austin, Texas
Music Festival Of The Year: Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Telluride, Colorado
International Music Festival Of The Year: Glastonbury Festival United Kingdom
Nightclub Of The Year: 9:30 Club,Washington, D.C.
Theatre Of The Year: Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tenn.
Arena Of The Year: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.
Red Rocks Award Best Small Outdoor Venue: Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, Calif.
Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue: Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, Calif.
Best New Major Concert Venue: Forum, Inglewood, Calif.
International Venue Of The Year: The O2, London, United Kingdom
Facility Executive Of The Year: Sally Williams - Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tenn.
Nightclub Talent Buyer Of The Year: Roger LeBlanc - Canyon Club / The Coach House / So. Calif.
Talent Buyer Of The Year: Brian O'Connell - Live Nation Nashville
Bill Graham Award Promoter Of The Year: Charles Attal - C3 Presents
International Promoter Of The Year: Barrie Marshall - Marshall Arts
Third Coast Agent Of The Year: Kevin Neal - WME
Bobby Brooks Award Agent Of The Year: John Huie - Creative Artists Agency
Independent Booking Agency Of The Year: The Windish Agency
Booking Agency Of The Year: WME
United Kingdom Booking Agent Of The Year: Emma Banks - Creative Artists Agency UK
Personal Manager Of The Year: John Silva (Nine Inch Nails, Foo Fighters, Queens of the StoneAge)
Road Warrior Of The Year: Gus Brandt (Foo Fighters, Pharrell Williams)
Lighting Company Of The Year: Bandit Lites
Sound Company Of The Year: Clair
Staging / Equipment Company Of The Year: Stageco
Transportation Company Of The Year: Rock-It Cargo
Video Company Of The Year: Moo TV