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Not All Are in the Camera Eye :: The Lesser Known ACM Awards Nominees

by Paul Heling


The movers & shakers in the Country industry that don't get Taylor Swift kind of camera time at the ACM Awards get nominated for  the off camera awards.  They are so off camera that they'll be awarded in September at an event in Nashville.  We'll give them their due here...

Songwriter of the Year 

  • Rhett Akins
  • Rodney Clawson
  • Ashley Gorley
  • Luke Laird
  • Shane McAnally

Casino of the Year – Small Capacity

  • Agua Caliente Casino Resort & Spa – Rancho Mirage, CA
  • Deadwood Mountain Grand – Deadwood, SD
  • Mohegan Sun Wolf Den – Uncasville, CT
  • Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort – Mount Pleasant, MI
  • The Joint at Hard Rock Casino – Catoosa, OK

Casino of the Year – Medium Capacity

  • Caesars Windsor Hotel & Casino – Windsor, ON‎, Canada
  • Casino Rama – Rama, ON, Canada
  • Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, CT
  • Star of the Desert Arena – Primm, NV
  • The Colosseum at Caesars Palace – Las Vegas, NV

Nightclub of the Year

  • Billy Bob’s Texas – Fort Worth, TX
  • Bub City – Chicago, IL
  • Floore’s Country Store – Helotes, TX
  • The Dusty Armadillo – Rootstown, OH
  • Wild Bills – Duluth, GA

Venue of the Year – Small Capacity

  • American Music Theatre – Lancaster, PA
  • Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater – Austin, TX
  • Cape Cod Melody Tent – Hyannis, MA
  • Georgia Theatre – Athens, GA
  • House of Blues – Boston, MA

Venue of the Year – Medium Capacity

  • Amphitheater at The Wharf – Orange Beach, AL
  • Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook – Gilford, NH
  • Big Sandy Superstore Arena – Huntington, WV
  • Grand Ole Opry House – Nashville, TN
  • Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Golden, CO

Venue of the Year – Large Capacity

  • BOK Center – Tulsa, OK
  • Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN
  • Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion – Bangor, ME
  • Gorge Amphitheatre – George, WA
  • Hollywood Bowl – Hollywood, CA

Don Romeo Talent Buyer of the Year

  • Billy Brill – Billy Alan Productions
  • Brock Jones – Global Spectrum
  • Nicole More – Neste Event Marketing
  • Fran Romeo – Romeo Entertainment Group
  • R.J. Romeo – Romeo Entertainment Group

Promoter of the Year

  • Brent Fedrizzi – AEG Live
  • Brad Garrett – Police Productions
  • Billy Minick – Billy Bob’s Texas
  • Brian O’Connell – Live Nation
  • Ron Sakamoto – Gold & Gold Productions

Bass Player of the Year

  • Mike Brignardello
  • Kevin “Swine” Grantt
  • Mark Hill
  • Michael Rhodes
  • Glenn Worf

Drummer of the Year

  • Chad Cromwell
  • Fred Eltringham
  • Shannon Forrest
  • Greg Morrow
  • Lonnie Wilson

Guitar Player of the Year

  • Jeff King
  • Troy Lancaster
  • Brent Mason
  • Rob McNelley
  • Jerry McPherson

Piano/Keyboards Player of the Year

  • Tony Harrell
  • John Jarvis
  • Charlie Judge
  • Tim Lauer
  • Gordon Mote

Speciality Instruments Player of the Year

  • Glen Duncan
  • Larry Franklin
  • Jim Hoke
  • Danny Rader
  • Bryan Sutton

Steel Guitar of the Year

  • Dan Dugmore
  • Paul Franklin
  • Steve Hinson
  • Russ Pahl
  • Scotty Sanders

Audio Engineer of the Year

  • Derek Bason
  • Ben Fowler
  • Mills Logan
  • Steve Marcantonio
  • Justin Niebank

Producer of the Year

  • Mark Bright
  • Dann Huff
  • Michael Knox
  • Frank Liddell
  • Paul Worley 


PHOTO CREDIT:  By Keith HInkle (Taylor Swift, being interviewed) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons