Marek Lieberberg has been awarded tour promoter of the year 2007 at the third annual Live Entertainment Awards (LEA), which took place Tuesday in Hamburg's Color Line Arena.

Frankfurt-based Lieberberg, who promoted concerts during the year by the likes of Shakira, Bruce Springsteen, Nelly Furtado and the Police, also won the best concert prize for the Smashing Pumpkins' performance last June at Berlin's Columbiahalle.

Hamburg-based concert promoter MPE Music Pool Europe received the best arena-tour award for Justin Timberlake's "FutureSex/LoveSounds" tour last summer.

Promoter Peter Rieger in Cologne and Peter Schwenkow, CEO of DEAG in Berlin, received the special LEA Award for Barbra Streisand's June concert at the Waldbühne in Berlin.

The LEA jury commented: "There are moments in which even tough concert promoters hold their breath. Barbra Streisand made a stop in Germany and played an extraordinary concert at the Waldbühne in Berlin. Streisand had dropped the objections she had over years to appear in a country that for her was responsible for the Holocaust. A historical moment of great significance."

Also on the night, Hamburg-based Benjamin Ebel won the artist-management category for his wards, the teen/punk group Tokio Hotel.

The 17,000-capacity Parkbühne Wuhlheide in Berlin was named location of the year.

And concert promoter Karsten Jahnke from Hamburg was honored with the lifetime achievement award. The 70-year-old concert veteran received a standing ovation from the Color Line Arena audience.

The LEA event was founded on the initiative of the German association of the concert Industry (IDKV).

A 10-member jury, with 50 co-jurors, visited 580 events during the 12-month selection period, and then decided on three nominees for each category.

"We want to be taken seriously," says LEA president Dieter Weidenfeld. "We are an important economic factor and equal with the record industry."

According to Jens Michow, chairman of the IDKV, the German live business in 2007 generated revenue of €2.88 billion ($4.46 billion), according to a report compiled by market research firm GfK. In 2003 -- the most recent figure available -- revenue was at €2.7 billion ($4.18 billion).

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