The 33rd annual Pollstar Awards, presented by Live Nation, returned to their in-person format last night (Feb. 8) at the Beverly Hilton’s International Ballroom. Hosted by comedian Steve Treviño, the night recognized the most successful artists, venues, and executives on both artistic and commercial levels.
Representing Nashville and country music, Chris Stapleton‘s “All American Road Show,” which set up camp for two back-to-back nights in Nashville in December, took home the honor for Best Country Tour. Elsewhere, Billy Strings earned the award for Best New Headliner/Artist Development Story.
On the venues front, Music City demonstrated how it got its namesake with wins for Theatre of the Year going to the historic Ryman Auditorium and Best New Concert Venue – Small Venue being awarded to the city’s coolest new venue Brooklyn Bowl Nashville. Bridgestone Arena’s Executive Vice President of Entertainment and Venues, David Kells, walked away with Venue Executive of the Year.
“2021 will be remembered as the year that artists were able to once again connect with fans at live events around the world, and Pollstar is thrilled to be able to recognize the artists, venues, events and executives who were able to make that happen at the highest level, as determined by their peers,” said Ray Waddell, President of Media & Conferences for Oak View Group, Pollstar’s parent company. “This year’s Pollstar Awards is a celebration of live entertainment, and we salute the winners, nominees and all who participate in the greatest business there is.”
Among the other top honors, Harry Styles won the award for Major Tour of the Year; Foo Fighters for Best Rock Tour; J. Cole for Best Hip-Hop Tour; Earth, Wind & Fire for Best R&B Tour; Maroon 5 for Best Pop Tour; and Enrique Iglesias and Ricky Martin for Best Latin Tour.
Additional awards from the night honored venues and venue executives, talent buyers, promoters, agents and agencies, talent managers, tour managers, and more. To see the full list of winners click here.
Partial List of 33rd Annual Pollstar Awards Winners:
Best Country Tour – Chris Stapleton, Chris Stapleton’s All-American Road Show Tour
Best New Headliner/Artist Development Story – Billy Strings
Theatre of the Year – Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tenn.
Best New Concert Venue – Small Venue – Brooklyn Bowl, Nashville, Tenn.
Venue Executive of the Year – David Kells, Bridgestone Arena
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