U2, Bon Jovi, Take That, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, and Usher are among the finalists for the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards, set for Nov. 10 at the Roosevelt Hotel ballroom in New York City. The awards are primarily based on box office numbers reported to Billboard Boxscore from Oct. 1, 2010, through Sept. 30, 2011.
"To a large degree, the touring industry rebounded this year, and the tours, venues, companies and events that are finalists for the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards are examples of the types of shows that worked," says Billboard's Ray Waddell. "The wide range of success shown by the finalists proves superstars are still superstars, artist development is still happening, and fans still love the live concert experience."
Don't miss the 8th Annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards, taking place November 9-10 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. Now in its 8th year, the conference features unique programming that informs, educates and provides a forum for promoters, agents, managers, venues, sponsors, merchandisers, ticketing companies and all touring-related businesses about the industry's latest opportunities, current challenges and biggest successes.
The finalists for the Top Tour, based on Boxscore gross, and Top Draw, based on Boxscore attendance, are the same three acts: U2 for their record-setting 360 tour; Bon Jovi with their massively successful Circle tour; and Take That's European/U.K. tour, which shattered box office records as the reunited group went out again with breakout superstar Robbie Williams.
Finalists for the Top Package award, which goes to the top-grossing tour with three or more artists on the bill, include six-time winner Kenny Chesney for his Goin' Coastal tour; http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/touring/kenny-chesney-on-verge-of-touring-milestone-1005296162.story Usher's OMG tour, and Taylor Swift's Speak Now tour.
The finalists for Top Boxscore, which recognizes the highest-grossing single engagement for the time period, are Take That for their stands at Wembley Stadium, and City of Manchester Stadium, and U2's mega-show at Estádio do Morumbi, São Paulo, Brazil. Finalists for the Breakthrough Award, which honors an artist in their first decade of headlining who cracked the top 25 tours for the first time, are Katy Perry, Jason Aldean, and Rihanna.
Journey to Receive 'Legend of Live' Honor at Billboard Touring Awards
The Billboard Touring Awards culminates the two-day Billboard Touring Conference, presented by ShowClix, taking place at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City on November 9-10. The conference unites today's top touring professionals to discuss the current state of the industry. This unique event includes provocative panels, productive roundtables and networking opportunities with touring industry power players and decision makers.
The complete list of finalists for the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards:
Bon Jovi, The Circle
Take That, Progress Live
-Kenny Chesney's Goin' Coastal tour, with Zac Brown Band, Uncle Kracker, Billy Currington
-Taylor Swift's Speak Now tour, with Needtobreathe, Danny Gokey, Frankie Ballard, others
-Usher's OMG tour, with Miguel, Trey Songz, others
TOP COMEDY TOUR
Take That, Wembley Stadium, London - June 30-July 9
Take That - City of Manchester (U.K.) Stadium - June 3-12
U2 - Estádio do Morumbi, São Paulo, Brazil - April 9-13
Live Nation Entertainment
TOP INDEPENDENT PROMOTER (U.S.)
Beaver Productions, New Orleans
C3 Presents, Austin, Texas
Jam Productions, Chicago
TOP INDEPENDENT PROMOTER (International)
Michael Coppel Presents, Australia
T4F, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Bon Jovi Management
Front Line Management Group
Artists Group International
Creative Artists Agency
William Morris Endeavor Entertainment
Austin City Limits Music Festival, Austin, Texas
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio, Calif.
Comcast Center, Mansfield, Mass.
The Gorge, George, Wash.
Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, Calif.
Allphones Arena, Sydney
O2 Arena, London
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
TOP VENUE - UNDER 10,000 SEATS
Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City
Radio City Music Hall, New York
The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York
TOP VENUE - UNDER 5,000 SEATS
Beacon Theatre, New York
The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
Fox Theatre, Atlanta
TOP CLUB (based on attendance)
9:30 Club, Washington, D.C.
House Of Blues, Chicago
House Of Blues, Orlando
CONCERT MARKETING & PROMOTION AWARD
-Weezer Memories Tour, Driven by State Farm
-Dave Matthews Band Caravan/Brita FilterForGood
-AT&T/Samsung Present the Keith Urban Get Closer Tour
-Zac Brown Band Eat and Greets Sponsored By Kingsford Charcoal
-Natasha Bedingfield Less Is More Tour Presented By Freschetta
-Taylor Swift Speak Now World Tour 2011 Sponsored by COVERGIRL
-Foo Fighters Garage Tour Presented by BlackBerry
Eventful Fans' Choice Award
The Apple Award
Legend Of Live