Live show to be telecast May 17 on CBS.
James Stroud has been named producer of the year by the Academy of Country Music. Stroud, who is co-chairman of Universal Music Group Nashville, is among the winners in the non-artist categories that will be presented prior to the live telecast of the 40th annual Academy of Country Music Awards May 17 in Las Vegas. The show will air on CBS at 8 p.m. (ET).
Ron "Snake" Reynolds is the winner in the audio engineer of the year category. Clear Channel Entertainment's Brian O'Connell is the winner in the Don Romeo talent buyer/promoter of the year category. The Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, which is hosting the ACMs for the third consecutive year, is the winner in the casino category. The Buck Owens-owned Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, Calif., is ACM's nightclub of the year.
In the musician categories, the winners are Glenn Worf (bass), Stuart Duncan (fiddle), Brent Mason (guitar), Lonnie Wilson (percussion/drums), Steve Nathan (piano/keyboard), Randy Scruggs (specialty instrument) and Dan Dugmore (steel guitar).
WIVK Knoxville, Tenn., is the ACM's radio station of the year. KNIX Phoenix morning hosts Tim and Willy won the air personality prize.
Winners in all of these categories were determined by votes cast by the ACM membership.
Meanwhile, Japanese country music artist and festival promoter Charlie Nagatani will be the recipient of the Jim Reeves Memorial Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the acceptance of country music throughout the world. Nagatani has been performing country music since 1956, along with his band, the Western Cannon Balls. In 1989 he organized the first Country Gold concert, Japan's only country music festival. The event now draws more than 30,000 people annually.