Watch The Whole Battle of the Bands Concert
Congratulations to our winner, Gentlemen Hall!
Gentlemen Hall drove to Billboard & Chevy's Battle of the Bands live showdown at Las Vegas' Fremont Street Experience on Wednesday (May 18) knowing they were up against tough competition from the five other finalists chosen by Billboard.com voters -- especially California's sweet-voiced AJ Rafael and his vocal supporters. But the Boston rockers eked out the win on the force of a charismatic double-vocalist assault that swayed the evening's MC, Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath, and the panel of Billboard and music industry judges. Now Gentlemen Hall will appear at the Billboard Music Awards this Sunday (May 22), after defeating their fierce competition: Hotels (northwest), AJ Rafael (west), Lightning Love (midwest), Otenki (southwest), and Side By Side (southeast).
These six artists roadtripped to Las Vegas in a Chevy Cruze, documenting their trip in video clips posted here at Billboard.com/battle along the way. Check out their adventures on each artist page.
The competition's initial pool of 18 artists were selected based on a variety of factors, including Heat Score, a formula that measures online fan engagement and drives Billboard's Uncharted chart of emerging artists. All competing artists have also been given a free subscription to Billboard Pro, a new service and toolset to help artists advance their careers.
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Billboard Battle of the Bands 2011 Main Page