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Pollstar Awards Categories

The Pollstar Awards was held at Club Nokia Los Angeles L.A. LIVE on Friday, February 3, 2012 and hosted by Chris Hardwick.
Below are the categories and nominees.

All voting was done entirely online. The nominating committee was revealed the evening of the awards.

The denotes the award winner per category.

    1. Major Tour of the Year
      Bon Jovi
      Jason Aldean
      Lady Gaga
      Roger Waters
      Sade
      Taylor Swift
      U2

    2. Most Creative Stage Production
      Katy Perry
      Lady Gaga
      Rammstein
      Roger Waters
      Sade
      U2

    3. Best New Touring Artist
      Adele
      The Black Keys
      Bon Iver
      Bruno Mars
      Foster The People
      Wiz Khalifa

    4. Red Rocks Award for Small Outdoor Venue
      Chastain Park (Atlanta, GA)
      Filene Center At Wolf Trap (Vienna, VA)
      Greek Theatre (Berkeley, CA)
      Greek Theatre (Los Angeles, CA)
      Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion (Gilford, NH)
      Mountain Winery (Saratoga, CA)

    5. Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue
      Gorge Amphitheatre (George, WA)
      Hollywood Bowl (Los Angeles, CA)
      Mann Center For The Performing Arts (Philadelphia, PA)
      Merriweather Post Pavilion (Columbia, MD)
      Molson Canadian Amphitheatre (Toronto, ON)
      Verizon Wireless Amph. At Encore Park (Alpharetta, GA)

    6. Arena of the Year
      Air Canada Centre (Toronto, ON)
      BOK Center (Tulsa, OK)
      Bridgestone Arena (Nashville, TN)
      Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
      Philips Arena (Atlanta, GA)
      Staples Center (Los Angeles, CA)

    7. Theatre of the Year
      Beacon Theatre (New York, NY)
      Fox Theatre (Atlanta, GA)
      Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE (Los Angeles, CA)
      Radio City Music Hall (New York, NY)
      Ryman Auditorium (Nashville, TN)
      Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie (Grand Prairie, TX)

    8. Nightclub of the Year
      9:30 Club (Washington, DC)
      Bowery Ballroom (New York, NY)
      Club Nokia (Los Angeles, CA)
      House Of Blues (Boston, MA)
      The Independent (San Francisco, CA)
      Showbox At The Market (Seattle, WA)
      Troubadour (W. Hollywood, CA)

    9. Best New Major Concert Venue
      Amway Center (Orlando, FL)
      Austin City Limits Live At The Moody Theater (Austin, TX)
      KFC Yum! Center (Louisville, KY)
      Raleigh Amphitheater (Raleigh, NC)
      Stage AE (Pittsburgh, PA)
      Tuscaloosa Amphitheater (Tuscaloosa, AL)

    10. Facility Executive of the Year
      John Bolton (BOK Center, Tulsa, OK)
      Lee Zeidman (Staples Ctr., Nokia Theatre, Los Angeles, CA)
      Rena Wasserman (Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA)
      Rick Merrill (Gibson Amph. At Univ. CityWalk, Los Angeles, CA)
      Stacey Levine (The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA)
      Steve Kirsner (HP Pavilion, San Jose, CA)

    11. Major Music Festival of the Year (non-touring)
      Austin City Limits Music Festival (Austin, TX)
      Bonnaroo Music Festival (Manchester, TN)
      Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (Indio, CA)
      Electric Daisy Carnival (Las Vegas, NV)
      Lollapalooza Festival (Chicago, IL)

    12. Music Festival of the Year (non-touring)
      The Hangout Music and Beach Festival (Gulf Shores, AL)
      Life is good Festival (Canton, MA)
      Mountain Jam Festival (Hunter Mountain, NY)
      Newport Folk Festival (Newport, RI)
      Pitchfork Music Festival (Chicago, IL)
      Sasquatch! Music Festival (George, WA)
      Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival (Ozark, AR)

    13. Bobby Brooks Award for Agent of the Year
      Don Muller (William Morris Endeavor Entertainment)
      Jonathan Levine (Paradigm)
      Kirk Sommer (William Morris Endeavor Entertainment)
      Marc Geiger (William Morris Endeavor Entertainment)
      Mitch Rose (Creative Artists Agency)
      Rod Essig (Creative Artists Agency)
      Scott Morris (International Creative Management)
      Tom Windish (The Windish Agency)

    14. Third Coast Booking Agent of the Year
      Brian Hill (Paradigm)
      Buck Williams (Progressive Global Agency)
      Heath Baumhor (APA)
      Jay Williams (William Morris Endeavor Entertainment)
      John Huie (Creative Artists Agency)
      Kevin Neal (Buddy Lee Attractions)
      Rob Beckham (William Morris Endeavor Entertainment)
      Scott Clayton (Creative Artists Agency)

    15. Independent Booking Agency of the Year
      The Billions Corporation
      Buddy Lee Attractions
      Ground Control Touring
      High Road Touring
      New Frontier Touring
      Pinnacle Entertainment
      Progressive Global Agency
      The Windish Agency


  1. Booking Agency of the Year
    The Agency Group
    APA
    Creative Artists Agency
    International Creative Management
    Paradigm
    William Morris Endeavor Entertainment

  2. Personal Manager of the Year
    Andy Mendelsohn (Kings Of Leon)
    Clarence Spalding (Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts)
    Coran Capshaw (DMB, Phish, Tim McGraw)
    Gary Borman (Lady Antebellum)
    John Silva (Foo Fighters, Beck, Ryan Adams)
    Robert Allen (Taylor Swift)
    Roger Davies (Sade, Cher, Pink)
    Steve Jensen (Katy Perry, k.d. lang)

  3. Road Warrior of the Year
    Chris Kansy (Roger Waters)
    Gus Brandt (Foo Fighters, Blink-182)
    Jake Berry (U2, Walking With Dinosaurs)
    Jesse Sandler (Bon Jovi)
    Kevin Freeman (Brad Paisley)
    Mo Morrison (Lady Gaga)
    Richard Glasgow (Phish)
    Rob Kern (Journey)

  4. Bill Graham Award for Promoter of the Year
    Arny Granat & Jerry Mickelson (Jam Productions)
    Danny Zelisko (Danny Zelisko Presents)
    Don Fox (Beaver Productions)
    Gregg Perloff (Another Planet Entertainment)
    Larry & Fred Frank (Frank Productions)
    Louis Messina (The Messina Group)
    Mike Smardak (Outback Concerts)
    Seth Hurwitz (I.M.P.)

  5. Talent Buyer of the Year
    Andy Cirzan (Jam Productions)
    Anthony Nicolaidis (Live Nation Texas)
    Bob Roux (Live Nation)
    Brian O'Connell (Live Nation)
    Don Strasburg (AEG Live)
    Don Sullivan (Jam Productions)
    Huston Powell (C3 Presents)
    Joe Litvag (AEG Live Midwest)

  6. Nightclub Talent Buyer of the Year
    Brian Smith (Troubadour, W. Hollywood, CA)
    Bryan Duquette (The Independent, San Francisco; Fox Theater, Oakland, CA)
    Chad Queirolo (Showbox SoDo, Showbox At The Market, Seattle, WA)
    Donna Busch (The Music Box, El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles, CA)
    Greg Siegel (Hollywood Palladium, The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA)
    Johnny Beach (Bowery Ballroom, Webster Hall, NY)
    Lesley Olenik (Club Nokia, Los Angeles, CA, Fox Theater, Pomona, CA)
    Ryan Vangel (House Of Blues, Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA)

  7. Lighting Company of the Year
    Bandit Lites
    Christie Lites
    Epic Production Technologies
    PRG
    Upstaging

  8. Sound Company of the Year
    Clair
    Eighth Day Sound Systems
    Rat Sound Systems
    Sound Image

  9. Staging or Equipment Company of the Year
    Accurate Staging
    All Access Staging & Productions
    Brown United
    Stageco
    Tait Towers

  10. Transportation Company of the Year
    Hemphill Brothers Coach Co.
    Rock-It Cargo
    Stage Call
    Upstaging

  11. Video Company of the Year
    Chaos Visual Productions
    Moo TV
    PRG Nocturne Productions
    Screenworks
    XL Video

  12. UK Booking Agent of the Year
    Emma Banks (Creative Artists Agency)
    John Giddings (Solo Agency)
    Neil Warnock (The Agency Group)
    Rod MacSween (International Talent Booking)
    Russell Warby (William Morris Endeavor Entertainment)
    Steve Strange (X-ray Touring)

  13. International Promoter of the Year
    Barrie Marshall (Marshall Arts)
    Marek Lieberberg (Marek Lieberberg Konzertagentur)
    Michael Chugg (Chugg Entertainment)
    Michael Gudinski (Frontier Touring Company)
    Peter Aiken (Aiken Promotions)
    Scumeck Sabottka (MCT Agentur)
    Simon Moran (SJM Concerts)
    Steve Homer (Live Nation UK)

  14. International Music Festival of the Year
    Download Festival (UK)
    Fuji Rock Festival (Japan)
    Glastonbury Festival (UK)
    Lollapalooza Chile (Chile)
    Reading Festival (UK)
    Rock In Rio (Brazil)
    Rock Werchter (Belgium)

  15. International Venue of the Year
    Foro Sol (Mexico City, Mexico)
    LG Arena (Birmingham, UK)
    The O2 (London, UK)
    The O2 (Dublin, Ireland)
    O2 World (Berlin, Germany)
    Royal Albert Hall (London, UK)
    Wembley Arena (London, UK)