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ARETHA FRANKLIN,
1942-2018
The Queen of Soul is with her Lord. (8/16a)
YOUR TOP 20: TRAVIS, NICKI BATTLE FOR #1
A royal dust-up (8/16a)
I.B. BAD CURATES
YOUR NEWS FEED
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NICKI MAKES A
MIDWEEK MOVE
Queen gets some special sauce. (8/16a)
SONG REVENUE CHART: WORLD BANK
A Travis takeover (8/16a)
HITS' 32ND ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
Or as it's known in the trade-publishing world, Doorstop 2.0.
THE A&R EXECS
That stands for Artists and Repertoire, in case you were wondering.
PIZZA AND MARKETSHARE
I'm winning this one.
THE BOILER ROOM
It's the new tape room.
Music City
CMA CELEBRATES ANNUAL TOURING AWARDS
1/24/18


(Click to enlarge; L-R): WME Nashville and CMA Board President Elect Rob Beckham, BMI and CMA Board President Jody WilliamsKix BrooksAshlee Stokely, Danny ShelnutDavid KellsJohn BreslinLogan KornegayDave ButzlerMark EarpBrian O'Connell, Duane Clark, Clarence SpaldingLouis Messina, John GarriottDarin Murphy, Nathan Barlowe, Arpad SaykoJake Basden, CMA CEO Sarah TrahernJerrod Niemann and CMA Board Chairman Bill Simmons of The Fitzgerald Hartley Company.


At the CMA Touring Awards ceremony (1/22),  hosted by Jerrod Niemann, the Country Music Association passed out honors to the genre's top touring professionals. This year saw 15 award-recipients, including Live Nation's President of Country Music Touring Brian O'Connell, who accepted the CMA Touring Lifetime Achievement Award. You'll find the full list of awards and recipients below. 

"The CMA Touring Awards offer us an opportunity to celebrate all of our vital behind-the-scenes industry members," said CMA CEO Sarah Trahern. "They are true road warriors who night after night commit themselves to bringing live music straight to Country Music fans around the globe."  

CMA TOURING AWARD RECIPIENTS:
Business Manager of the Year
Duane Clark
 (Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy, Inc.)

Coach/Truck Driver of the Year
Danny Shelnut (Montgomery Gentry)

Front of House (FOH) Engineer of the Year
Arpad Sayko (Chris Stapleton)

Lighting Director of the Year
Dave Butzler 
(Garth Brooks)

Manager of the Year
Clarence Spalding (Maverick)

Tour Manager of the Year
Logan Kornegay (Thomas Rhett)

Monitor Engineer of the Year
Marc Earp
 (Eric Church)

Promotion Manager of the Year

John Garriott (Chris Stapleton)

Publicist of the Year
Jake Basden
 (Big Machine Label Group)

Talent Agent of the Year

Darin Murphy (CAA)

Talent Buyer/Promoter of the Year

Louis Messina (Messina Touring Group)

Tour Caterer of the Year

Center Stage Events

Touring Musician of the Year

Nathan Barlowe
 (Keith Urban)

Venue of the Year

Bridgestone Arena (Nashville, TN)

Tour Video Director of the Year
John Breslin (Garth Brooks)