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Kenny Chesney, Midland, Kacey Musgraves get Innovative

Nominees will be honored on June 3rd

Anticipation continues to build for the Innovation in Music Awards (IMA), which recognize music industry professionals and companies who are innovating and distinguishing themselves in music creation, music discovery and developing innovative strategies in music marketing.

Kenny Chesney, Dan Auerbach, producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell), Kacey Musgraves and Midland will be honored in the Creative/Artist category at the Innovation in Music Awards. All are being recognized at an event that also includes music business, broadcasting and touring innovators like SiriusXM’s Steve Blatter, Music Healthcare Alliance founder Tatum Allsep, Opry Entertainment’s Sally Williams and AEG’s Louis Messina among the nominees. The Impact in Innovation Award to be announced at a later date.

Nominees and executives will gather in Las Vegas this Saturday evening, April 14th at the IMA nominee reception at the MGM Grand. Sponsored by Tito’s Vodka and the C-Grams charity app, the event will take a moment to celebrate the 32 artists, producers, executives, broadcasters and programmers up for awards.

The second annual ceremony will be held Sunday, June 3rd at the Westin Hotel in Nashville and will be hosted by Bill Werde, Director of the Bandier Music Industry Program in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

“It takes so many people to make any dream a reality,” Chesney says. “When I look at the names, these really are the people who are shaping the future – and it’s nice to see some of the people who aren’t so out front be recognized. To me, half the fun is what else can we do? Because music opens up so many avenues in so many different ways.”


The Second Annual Innovation In Music Awards features award presentations, musical performances and moments honoring the nominees.

Author: Buddy Iahn

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