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Hard Rock Hollywood nominated for music award

The Rolling Stones finished its 14-city “No Filter” tour with a show at Hard Rock Live on Nov. 23, 2021. (Photo Beverly Bidney)

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood has been nominated for an Academy of Country Music award. The nomination is for an industry award in the casino of the year-theater category – presented to an “outstanding theater or showroom within a casino.”

Hard Rock made the announcement in a news release April 26.

Hard Rock Hollywood is home to the $100 million Hard Rock Live venue, which opened in 2019 as part of a $1.5 billion property expansion that includes the 450-foot Guitar Hotel.

Hard Rock Live has hosted many big name acts since, such as the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Billy Joel, Chris Rock and Metallica. The venue has also seen a slew of country music acts on its stage, like Brantley Gilbert, The Judds, Jason Aldean, Kane Brown, Old Dominion, Randy Houser, Elle King and Dustin Lynch.

“We are thrilled to be nominated for this prestigious award,” Keith Sheldon, president of entertainment for Hard Rock International and Seminole Gaming, said in the release. “As we continue to place emphasis on diversifying Hard Rock’s entertainment offerings, we could not be prouder that our efforts to immerse the brand into today’s vibrant country music scene have been recognized.”

The other nominees in the category are the Deadwood Mountain Grand (South Dakota), Golden Nugget (Louisiana), Resorts World Theater (Las Vegas) and the Soaring Eagle (Michigan).

The Academy of Country Music, and its nearly 5,000 members, votes on the awards. The organization was established in 1964 and is headquartered in Nashville. Organizers said it is the longest-running country music awards show.

The 2023 awards ceremony is scheduled to be held May 11 in the Ford Center at The Star – a 12,000-seat indoor stadium located in Frisco, Texas. Its main use is as the Dallas Cowboys’ NFL practice facility. Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks are set to be the hosts. Organizers said the show will be streamed live on Prime Video from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. EST.

The Seminole Tribe is the parent entity of Hard Rock International and Seminole Gaming. More is at and

Damon Scott
Damon is a multimedia journalist for the Seminole Tribune. He has previously been an editor and reporter for digital and print media in Florida and his home state of New Mexico. Send him an email at