Willie Nelson Wins Concert Industry Award

Posted on March 24, 2010

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Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan and John Mellencamp‘s 2009 tour won the Pollstar Concert Industry Award for Most Creative Tour Package, according to Pollstar.com. The award was presented Feb. 17 at the 21st annual awards event at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles.

The biggest award of the evening, Major Tour of the Year, went to U2. The band and its team also were honored for Most Creative Stage Production.

The Best New Touring Artist Award went to Kings of Leon. The band’s manager, Andy Mendelsohn, took home the award for Personal Manager of the Year.

Festival awards went to Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, CA, and Glastonbury Festival in the U.K.

The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas won for New Major Concert Venue. Arena of the Year went to Madison Square Garden. The Hollywood Bowl was named Major Outdoor Concert Venue of the Year and Club Nokia L.A. Live received the honor for Nightclub of the Year.

The International Theatre of the Year award went to London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Pollstar’s Concert Industry Awards are voted on by the movers and shakers of the concert business including promoters, artist managers, booking agents and venue managers. In addition to artists and venues, awards are given to personal managers, booking agencies, promoters and tech companies.

Part-time Hawaii resident Bill Silva (Bill Silva Presents) was named Independent Promoter of the Year.

The Bill Graham Award for Talent Buyer of the Year went to Jim Glancy of Bowery Presents. The Bobby Brooks Award for Agent of the Year went to Marc Geiger of WME Entertainment.

A complete list of winners can be found at Pollstar’s website.

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