BOC Gets CMA Lifetime Achievement Award
The CMA Board officers, presenters, and winners of the 2018 CMA Touring Awards at Marathon Music Works in Nashville on January 22, 2018. (l-r) Rob Beckham, CMA President-Elect; Jody Williams, CMA Board President; CMA Board member Kix Brooks; Ashlee Stokley, Bridgestone Arena, Venue of the Year; Danny Shelnut, Coach/Bus Driver; David Kells, Bridgestone Arena, Venue of the Year; John Breslin, Tour Director; Logan Kornegay, Tour Manager; Dave Butzler, Lighting Director; Mark Earp, Monitor Engineer; Brian O'Connell, Lifetime Achievement Award; Duane Clark, Business Manager; Clarence Spalding, Manager; Louis Messina, Talent Buyer/Promoter; John Garriott, Production Manager; Darin Murphy, Talent Agent; Nathan Barlowe, Musician; Arpad Sayko, Front of House Engineer; Jake Basden, Publicist; Sarah Trahern, CMA CEO; Jerrod Niemann, host; and Bill Simmons, CMA Board Chairman.

BOC Gets CMA Lifetime Achievement Award

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NASHVILLE (CelebrityAccess) The CMA Touring Awards, hosted by Jerrod Niemann, were handed out at Nashville’s Marathon Music Works Jan. 23, with Live Nation’s Brian O’Connell receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award and Louis Messina getting Talent Buyer/Promoter of the Year.

There were 15 categories overall. O’Connell received his award from CMA Board member Kix Brooks with remarks from Dierks Bentley and WME co-head (and sometimes golfing buddy) Rob Beckham. O’Connell can take credit for helping build the careers of several artists from Rascal Flatts to Luke Bryan, launching Live Nation’s country music “Megaticket,” and building more than a dozen country music festivals from Faster Horses to Watershed. The list also includes Las Vegas’ Route 91 Harvest Festival. Artists including Jason Aldean, Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts and Cole Swindell, as well as CMA Board members Tony Conway and Mike Moore, recorded video messages to congratulate BOC.

“He’s in the trenches with us every day,” Bentley said. “He’s on the road. He understands us. He gets this. You are either on the road or you’re not. There’s no in-between. You either get the road or you are not on it, and he is out there.”

“They don’t give you a Lifetime Achievement Award without having a lifetime,” O’Connell said. “And I have had a 52-year-old lifetime that is amazing, and the reason that it is amazing is because I am the luckiest human being on the planet. I got to come to this amazing town and I got to work with amazing people.”

Brooks presented the Manger of the Year Award to his partner of 25 years, Clarence Spalding, with Thomas Rhett presnting Tour Manger of the Year to Logan Koregay (who got presented a green jacket a la the Masters).

Chris Stapleton presented two awards to his touring family: Arpad Sayko got the Front of House Entingeer of the Year Award and John Garriott got Production Manager of the Year Award. Angie Gentry, widow of Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentery, made a surprise appearance to give the Coach/Truck Driver of the Year Award to Danny Shelnut.

Video tributes throughout the night came from Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Danielle Bradbery, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Terri Clark, Vance Joy, Kid Rock, Jeremiah Fraites of The Lumineers, Reba McEntire, Midland, Eddie Montgomery, DeMarcus and Rooney of Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Ed Sheeran, Blake Shelton, George Strait and Keith Urban

The full list of winners follows:

CATEGORY 1 – BUSINESS MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Duane Clark – Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy, Inc.

CATEGORY 2 – COACH/TRUCK DRIVER OF THE YEAR
Danny Shelnut – Montgomery Gentry

CATEGORY 3 – FRONT OF HOUSE (FOH) ENGINEER OF THE YEAR 
Arpad Sayko – Chris Stapleton

CATEGORY 4 – LIGHTING DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Dave Butzler – Garth Brooks

CATEGORY 5 – MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Clarence Spalding – Maverick

CATEGORY 6 – TOUR MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Logan Kornegay – Thomas Rhett

CATEGORY 7 – MONITOR ENGINEER OF THE YEAR
Marc Earp – Eric Church

CATEGORY 8 – PRODUCTION MANAGER OF THE YEAR
John Garriott – Chris Stapleton

CATEGORY 9 – PUBLICIST OF THE YEAR
Jake Basden – Big Machine Label Group

CATEGORY 10 – TALENT AGENT OF THE YEAR
Darin Murphy – CAA

CATEGORY 11 – TALENT BUYER/PROMOTER OF THE YEAR
Louis Messina – Messina Touring Group

CATEGORY 12 – TOUR CATERER OF THE YEAR
Center Stage Events

CATEGORY 13 – TOURING MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
Nathan Barlowe – Keith Urban

CATEGORY 14 – VENUE OF THE YEAR
Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN

CATEGORY 15 – TOUR VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
John Breslin – Garth Brooks

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