Madonna leads the field for the 2006 Billboard Touring Awards with mentions in four categories, including top tour and top draw, respectively award the top-grossing and top ticket-selling tour. The ot

Madonna leads the field for the 2006 Billboard Touring Awards with mentions in four categories, including top tour and top draw, respectively award the top-grossing and top ticket-selling tour. The other finalists in these categories are the Rolling Stones’ a Bigger Bang tour, and Bon Jovi’s Have a Nice Day tour. The awards will be handed out Nov. 9 at New York's Roosevelt Hotel, capping the third annual Billboard Touring Conference.

The awards are based on actual box-office achievement based on data reported to Billboard Boxscore, as opposed to a popular vote. The period covered by the awards is December of 2005 through September of this year.

Madonna's run at London's Wembley Arena makes her a finalist in the hotly contested top boxscore category, which goes to the top-grossing single engagement. Also a finalist in that category are Luis Miguel at Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City and Billy Joel's record-setting stand at New York's Madison Square Garden.

The Garden is once again a finalist in the top arena category (with TD Banknorth Arena in Boston and Wachovia Center in Philadelphia), having captured the award two years running.

Another notable category is the breakthrough act award, which acknowledges the top-grossing artist among the top 25 tours still in its first decade of national touring. This year's finalists are Nickelback, Brad Paisley and Shakira.

As previously reported, Sir Elton John and Music Rising will receive the Legend of Live and Humanitarian Awards, respectively.

A full list of finalists:

TOP TOUR
Bon Jovi, Have A Nice Day
Madonna, Confessions
The Rolling Stones, A Bigger Bang

TOP DRAW
Bon Jovi
Madonna

The Rolling Stones

TOP PACKAGE
Kenny Chesney with Dierks Bentley, Sugarland/Carrie Underwood/Jake Owen
Def Leppard/Journey with Stoll Vaughn
Rascal Flatts with Gary Allan and Jason Aldean

TOP BOXSCORE
Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden, New York
Madonna at Wembley Arena, London
Luis Miguel at Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City

BREAKTHROUGH ACT
Nickelback
Brad Paisley
Shakira

TOP ARENA
Madison Square Garden, New York
TD Banknorth Garden, Boston
Wachovia Center, Philadelphia

TOP COMEDY TOUR
Larry the Cable Guy
Jerry Seinfeld
Ron White

TOP SMALL VENUE (Resident)
Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

TOP SMALL VENUE (Under 10,000 seats, Non-Resident)
Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City
Fox Theatre, Atlanta
Gibson Amphitheatre, Universal City, Calif.

TOP CLUB
House Of Blues, Anaheim, Calif.
House Of Blues, Atlantic City, N.J.
House Of Blues, Chicago

TOP AMPHITHEATER
Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, Wantagh, N.Y.
PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, N.J.
Tweeter Center at the Waterfront, Camden, N.J.

TOP FESTIVAL
Austin City Limits Music Festival, Austin, Texas
Bonnaroo Music Festival, Manchester, Tenn.
Lollapalooza, Chicago

TOP MANAGER
Angela Becker and Guy Oseary (Madonna)
Front Line Management
RPM Management/Borman Entertainment

TOP AGENCY
Creative Artists Agency
Monterey Peninsula Artists/Paradigm
William Morris Agency

TOP PROMOTER
AEG Live
HOB Concerts
Live Nation

TOP INDEPENDENT PROMOTER
Gillett Entertainment Group
Jam Productions
Outback Concerts

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