Kacey Musgraves, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert Nominated For Pollstar Awards

Kacey Musgraves done in life is beautiful party on October 26, 2014.

The 26th Annual Pollstar – recognizing the best in the business of live concerts – will take over the former home of the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, on February 21, and it is appropriate that a handful of artists in the country are among the nominees in the series.

Kacey Musgraves live

The head is more hopeful Year Tour Jason Aldean, country star alone in a category dominated by pop heavyweights like Katy Perry, Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake. Aldean spent last year in the studio and on the road, playing in every month.

After a concert on Tuesday in the hometown of Nashville Marathon Music Works, which will take a break until mid-February, when the Burn It Down tour begins in Greenville, South Carolina.

Brantley Gilbert Road Dogs Fellow and Kacey Musgraves are both named best new artist touring. The news comes on the final leg of Let It Ride Tour Gilbert, a hike of seven months ending December 13. Musgraves has been busy this year, too, touring the country with Katy Perry during the late summer and launching a headlining tour in September. She is no stranger to awards deliveries either. After starting 2014 to win a pair of Grammys, Musgraves happened to snag the ACM Award for Album of the Year for Same Trailer Different Park and CMA Song of the Year for “Follow Your Arrow”.

Since some trips are possible without bookers, venue owners and other staff behind the scenes, Pollstar Awards also honor those who do their best work offstage. That includes tour manager Keith Urban, Chuck Hull, which is for the road warrior of the Year Award, and the general manager of Ryman Auditorium, Sally Williams, nominated Executive Fund of the Year. Meanwhile, the category of Personal Manager is dominated by professionals in the country field, including Clarence Spalding (manager Jason Aldean and Rascal Flatts), Coran Capshaw (Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley), and John Peets (Eric Church).

All subscribers to the trade publication concert-biz are eligible to vote online until December 18.

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