If the Academy of Country Music's Industry Awards are any indication, Nashville is living up to its Music City moniker.

The Academy revealed the winners of the ACM Industry and Studio Recording Awards on May 20, and Nashville sites swept the three Venue of the Year categories: Ryman Auditorium (small capacity), Ascend Amphitheater (medium capacity) and Bridgestone Arena (large capacity).

The Nashville venues will be recognized during the 13th annual ACM Honors ceremony, an evening dedicated to the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 54th ACM Awards on August 21 at the Ryman Auditorium.

Below is a complete list of the Industry and Studio Recording Award winners for the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards.

Industry Award Winners
Casino of the Year | Small Capacity: Choctaw Casino & Resort | Durant, Ok
Casino of the Year | Large Capacity: Mohegan Sun Arena | Uncasville, Ct
Don Romeo Talent Buyer of the Year: Nicole More | Wilson Events, Inc.
Festival of the Year: Faster Horses | Brooklyn, Mi
Nightclub of the Year: Joe's on Weed St | Chicago, Il
Promoter of the Year: Ed Warm | Joe's Bar
Venue of the Year | Small Capacity: Ryman Auditorium | Nashville, Tn
Venue of the Year | Medium Capacity: Ascend Amphitheater | Nashville, Tn
Venue of the Year | Large Capacity: Bridgestone Arena | Nashville, Tn

Studio Recording Award Winners
Bass Player of the Year | Glenn Worf
Drummer of the Year | Matt Chamberlain
Guitar Player of the Year | Derek Wells
Piano/Keyboards Player of the Year | Dave Cohen
Specialty Instrument(s) Player of the Year | Ilya Toshinskiy
Steel Guitar Player of the Year | Mike Johnson
Audio Engineer of the Year | F Reid Shippen
Producer of the Year | Jay Joyce

The Academy of Country Music Industry Awards are voted on by all professional members of the Academy. The Studio Recording Awards are voted on by professional members of the Academy classified in the artist-entertainer/musician-bandleader-instrumentalist categories and the producer-engineer-studio manager sub-category.

Travis Tritt was involved in a fatal car accident just before 3 AM Saturday morning.

He was on his tour bus on a South Carolina highway when he says a Jeep, going the wrong way, hit a pickup truck in front of his vehicle, which ended up killing 2 people, the driver of the jeep and the passenger in the truck that was hit. 

His tour bus was sideswiped by another vehicle and only sustained minor damage. No one on the bus was injured.

Travis said, "I feel so bad for those who died needlessly tonight. I’m literally shaken by what I witnessed. God bless those who died and their families. Two human beings died tonight for no reason other than stupidity. I’m saddened beyond belief! I’m told that two people were killed in tonight’s accident as the the result of someone who was obviously driving drunk or impaired. Just a sober reminder to everyone to never drive if you’ve been drinking or impaired in any way. Uber or Lyft is just a phone call away. I beg everyone to please, please, please drive sober. Know when to admit that you are too impaired to drive."

Garth Brooks performed in front of more than 75,000 fans at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field over the weekend, making it the biggest ticketed show in the history of the Steel City. The previous record was set during the Pitt vs. Penn State football game in 2016 with 69,983 tickets sold.

The Pittsburgh show follows Garth’s previously sold-out concerts in St. Louis, Glendale, Gainseville and Minneapolis. Upcoming sold-out shows include Denver (June 8), Eugene (June 29) and Boise (July 20).

Saturday is a big day for Trisha Yearwood--and for her fans! That's when she'll begin serving up brand new episodes of Trisha's Southern Kitchen with the start of a new season on Food Network!

"It's hard to wrap your head around it sometimes," the singer says, reflecting on this additional aspect of her life and career. "I had no idea that I would also have all this other stuff." 

The show, which premiered in the spring of 2012, remains an Emmy Award-winning viewer favorite.

The new season of Trisha's Southern Kitchen premieres on Food Network Saturday (12:00pm ET)--as she gears up for a Trisha's Tailgate event prior to Garth Brooks' Stadium Tour show at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. It's a special episode filmed around the recent celebration of Trisha's 20th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry!

Jon Pardi will kick off his headlining Heartache Medication Tour with back-to-back shows at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium October 1st and 2nd.  Riley Green will join him on select dates. 


Eli Young Band has scored its fourth #1 single with “Love Ain’t”.

The song is the band’s first #1 single since “Drunk Last Night” topped the charts more than five years ago in December 2013.

Montgomery Gentry will release a new seven-song EP, "Outskirts", on June 14th.

The EP was recorded in September 2017, days prior to Troy Gentry’s death in a helicopter crash on September 8, 2017. The new EP includes covers of Merle Haggard’s “What Am I Gonna Do With the Rest of My Life” and Darrell Scott’s “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive."

Thomas Rhett is gearing up for the release of his upcoming fourth studio album, Center Point Road, which will drop on May 31st. The 16-song album takes its name from the street in his Tennessee hometown that shaped much of TR's life experiences.

TR co-penned every track on the album, which also features a number of collaborations, including Kelsea Ballerini ("Center Point Road"), Little Big Town ("Don't Threaten Me With a Good Time") and Jon Pardi ("Beer Can't Fix"), which is available now.

Penned by TR, Julian Bunetta, Zach Skelton and Ryan Tedder, "Beer Can't Fix" was inspired by a golf outing.

"I was playing golf with one of my producers, Julian Bunetta, in Knoxville and we were both playing terribly, so we decided to drink a beer and suddenly we both started playing much better," Thomas Rhett says. "Julian looked at me and said 'Well, ain't nothing a beer can't fix' and we both were like, 'We have to write that.' As soon as it was done I knew I wanted Jon on it. It's basically about not taking life too seriously, and I just knew Jon's voice would be the perfect addition to the song."


Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean will headline the sixth annual Luke Bryan's Crash My Playa, January 22nd-25th in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Bryan will headline two of the four nightly concerts at the all-inclusive concert vacation, while Aldean will headline one night in his Crash My Playa debut. Additional performers are to be announced.

Luke Bryan says he's confident that he, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry will remain judges on "American Idol" for a third season on ABC.

Luke says, "All things feel positive that me and Lionel and Katy will be back. We’re doing the business of the business."
According to the Wall Street Journal, Bryan made $12 million for Season 1 of American Idol in 2018. He jokes that he's asking for about $180 million for Season 3, adding, "I always like to find out what Blake [Shelton] is making on The Voice and just do it $1 more than him."

The WE Fest 2019 single-day lineups have been announced:  Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban and Brooks & Dunn will headline the August 1st-3rd festival in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.  

Billy Currington, Jake Owen, Jamey Johnson and LeAnn Rimes are among the opening acts for the Thursday through Sunday festival. Tyler Rich will open the festival early on Thursday afternoon.
Tickets are on sale for WE Fest with general admission passes starting at $90 and VIP options still available.