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Country Stars Among Nominees for 2015 Pollstar Awards

Jason Aldean Kacey Musgraves Brantley Gilbert
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Some of country’s biggest stars and brightest new lights are nominated in the upcoming Pollstar Awards.

The awards recognize the highest achievements in the live concert business. Jason Aldean is nominated for Major Tour of the Year, a category otherwise dominated by mainstream pop stars like Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake and Katy Perry. Aldean’s Burn It Down Tour sold out many of the largest venues in the US, including several stadium dates.

Kacey Musgraves and Brantley Gilbert are nominated in the Best New Touring Artist category. Gilbert’s Let It Ride Tour is set to wrap on Dec. 13, and he will join Aldean and Kenny Chesney for a run of 15 stadium dates in 2015. Musgraves spent part of the year on Perry’s Prismatic World Tour, and also launched her own headlining trek in September. She recently took home CMA Song of the Year honors for ‘Follow Your Arrow.’

Sally Williams, general manager of the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, is up for Facility Executive of the Year, and Keith Urban‘s tour manager, Chuck Hull, is nominated for Road Warrior of the Year.

Country is also well represented in the Personal Manager of the Year category, with Clarence Spalding, manager for Aldean and Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum and Dierks Bentley manager Coran Capshaw and John Peets, who manages Eric Church, all earning nods.

All Pollstar subscribers are eligible to vote online until Dec. 18. The 26th annual Pollstar Awards ceremony will take place at the Ryman on Feb. 21.

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