Accolades & Honors

Nashville's culturally diverse and friendly environment makes it a favorite place for conventioneers and tourists alike, as well as a great place to work, live, and raise a family. The following honors and rankings are just a few of Music City's shining accolades.

For Nashville:

“Cheap, delicious eats are everywhere in the Music City, and, with no shortage of music, Nashville is the weekend getaway dreams are made of."

Gary Stoller, Forbes
For Nashville Music
  • Nashville was named one of The World's Greatest Cities for Music Lovers by The Telegraph (UK). (January 2021)
  • The Academy of Country Music® announced the Industry Award winners of the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards™ for Venue of the Year as Ryman Auditorium (small capacity), Ascend Amphitheater (medium capacity), and Bridgestone Arena (large capacity). (May 2019)
  • Ryman Auditorium is listed on Rolling Stone's 10 Best Live Music Venues in America roundup. (December 2018)
  • Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity awarded It All Begins With A Song: The Story of the Nashville Songwriter the following:
    • Silver, Entertainment Lions category for Cinema & Theatrical: Non-fiction Film
    • Silver, Entertainment Lions category for Music: Artist as a Brand or Cause Ambassador
    • Silver, Entertainment Lions category for Music: Brand or Product Integration into Music Content
      (May 2018)
For Nashville Food + Drink

"Music City’s not just a nickname here, it’s a way of life, and every honky-tonk, dive bar, saloon, and tavern (there are many, many of them) hums with music from somebody who could either be the world’s next great country singer, somebody who already rose to that level then fell back to Earth, or somebody in between."

For Nashville Meetings