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Ryman Auditorium Nominated for Pollstar Theatre of the Year

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Ryman AuditoriumNashville, TN -- Nominations have been announced for Pollstar Magazine's annual Concert Industry Awards to be held February 21, 2014 at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Among the nominees for Theatre of the Year is Nashville's iconic Ryman Auditorium, which won the award for the third time in a row earlier this year. Other nominees include Beacon Theatre (New York, NY), Chicago Theatre (Chicago, IL), Nokia Theatre L.A. Live (Los Angeles, CA), Radio City Music Hall (New York, NY) and The Wiltern (Los Angeles, CA.)

"This has been a thrilling year for the Ryman thanks to the hundreds of talented artists who've entertained on our stage," said Sally Williams Ryman Auditorium General Manager. "We're honored to again to be acknowledged by our peers with these exciting nominations."

Williams also was nominated as Facility Executive of the Year. Williams was previously chosen by the International Entertainment Buyer's Association as the 2012 Venue Executive of the Year and by the Academy of Country Music as the 2010 Promoter of the Year.

"We are very proud of the fact that the Ryman is consistently recognized as the premiere theatre in the United States," said Steve Buchanan Executive Vice President, Opry Entertainment Group. "And, I think we can readily attribute that to Sally Williams outstanding leadership and the strength of her management team."

Under Williams leadership, the Ryman has been awarded SRO Venue of the Year Presented by CMA in 2013 and 2012, Pollstar Magazine's 2012, 2011 and 2010 Venue of the Year, the Academy of Country Music's 2012, 2010 and 2008 Venue of the Year and the International Entertainment Buyers Association's 2009 Venue of the Year. The venue was recently ranked twenty-first domestically and thirty-second internationally on the 2013 Pollstar Mid-Year Worldwide Ticket Sales Top 100 Theatre Venues Chart.

2013 highlights for the famed venue include sold-out triple plays with The Lumineers and comedian Dave Chappelle, double sold-out shows for Hunter Hayes, Alabama, Band of Horses, Dwight Yoakam, Gary Allan, The Black Crowes, John Prine, Amos Lee with two more to come from Old Crow Medicine Show to round out the year on December 30 and 31. Committed to booking a wide variety of entertainment offerings, the Ryman hosted comedians Brian Regan, Dave Chappelle, Chonda Pierce, Chris Tucker and Dane Cook this year. The venue also saw the headlining debut of Ed Sheeran, Ben Rector, Rodriguez, Alt-J, Fun, the xx, Nick Cave, Little Big Town, Il Divo, Rodriguez, Ellie Goulding, Dispatch, Pat Benatar, Fall Out Boy, The Monkees, Victoria Justice, Jason Isbell, Jack Johnson, City & Colour, Blondie and Dawes.

The Ryman has served as the cultural epicenter of Music City for over a century. Most famously known as the Mother Church of Country Music and the former home of the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman hosts a diverse concert calendar year-round. Upcoming concerts include: Amos Lee November 13 & 14, Janelle Monáe November 17, ZZ Top November 21, Tokens: Lee C. Camp & Friends November 24, Christmas 4 Kids featuring Charlie Daniels Band & Friends November 25, Martina McBride The Joy of Christmas December 4, Nashville In Harmony: TENsational Sugar Plums December 5, The Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Rocks! Extravaganza December 8 & 9, Andrew Peterson & Special Guests Behold the Lamb of God December 11 & 12, Brendan Benson & Friends December 18, Old Crow Medicine Show December 30 & 31. Jake Bugg February 1, The Pixies February 2, Neutral Milk Hotel February 4, Lewis Black February 8, Ira Glass February 15, Pat Metheny February 16, Jennifer Nettles February 20, Moody Blues March 20, Pentatonix March 22, Gavin DeGraw March 26, and Joe Bonamassa April 26. The Grand Ole Opry is back at the Ryman for its annual winter residency every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday now through December 10 and Fridays and Saturdays through January 25, 2014.

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