Madonna, U2 and AC/DC are among the top tours, venues and companies recognized as finalists for the 2009 Billboard Touring Awards , which will be handed out at a special reception in New York on Nov. 5.
The finalists for the Top Tour and Top Draw awards, which acknowledge the top grossing and ticket selling tours, respectively, are the same three global treks: U2's 360 tour, Madonna's Sticky & Sweet tour and AC/DC's Black Ice tour.
The awards are based on global box office numbers reported to Billboard Boxscore from Oct. 1, 2008, through Sept. 30, 2009.
The Top Package award, which goes to the top-grossing tour with three or more artists on the bill, is designed to reward synergistic packaging and value offered to consumers. Finalists include five-time winner Kenny Chesney for his Sun City Carnival tour with Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum, Sugarland and Montgomery Gentry on the bill; the Jonas Brothers World Tour 2009 with Jordin Sparks, Honor Society and Wonder Girls; and Nickelback for its Dark Horse tour, with Hinder, Papa Roach and Saving Abel on board.
The Breakthrough Award goes to the top-grossing artist in their first decade as a national headlining act. Four artists enjoyed remarkable touring breakthroughs this year: Lil Wayne, Taylor Swift, Kings Of Leon and Il Divo. Dane Cook, Robin Williams, and French & Saunders are finalists for the Top Comedy Tour.
Finalists for the Top Boxscore award, which goes to the top-grossing single engagement for the time period, are U2 at Croke Park in Dublin; U2 at Stade de France in Paris; and the Oxegen fest at Punchestown Racecourse, Naas, Ireland.
Global concert mega-promoters Live Nation and AEG Live are joined by Sao Paulo promoter Time 4 Fun (T4F) as finalists for the Top Promoter award. T4F is also a finalist, with MCD and Australian promoter Michael Coppel Presents, in the international independent promoter division.
Four-time winner Jam Productions in Chicago, 2007 winner C3 Presents in Austin, and Madison, Wis.-based Frank Productions are the finalists for Top Independent Promoter, U.S.
Other than the Boxscore-related awards, the Billboard Touring Awards also includes the Concert Marketing & Promotion Award and the Eventful Fans' Choice Award, both of which are determined by online voting. Additionally, Ozzy Osbourne will be named 2009 Legend Of Live, and Warped founder Kevin Lyman will receive the Humanitarian Award.
Here is the complete list of finalists for the 2009 Billboard Touring Awards:
AC/DC, Black Ice tour
Madonna, Sticky & Sweet
Jonas Brothers, Jordin Sparks, Honor Society, Wonder Girls
Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum (Sugarland, Montgomery
Nickelback with Hinder, Papa Roach, Saving Abel
Kings Of Leon
TOP COMEDY TOUR
French & Saunders
Oxegen Festival, Punchestown Racecourse, Naas, Ireland, July 10-12
U2, Croke Park, Dublin, July 24-27
U2, Stade de France, Paris, July 11-12
Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Manchester, Tenn.
Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Indio, Calif.
Oxegen Festival, Naas, Ireland
Acer Arena, Sydney
Madison Square Garden, New York
O2 Arena, London
TOP VENUE - UNDER 10,000 SEATS
Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City
Radio City Music Hall, New York
The WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York
TOP VENUE - UNDER 5,000 SEATS
The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
Beacon Theatre, New York
Fox Theatre, Atlanta
9:30 Club, Washington
House of Blues, Boston
The Fillmore, San Francisco
Comcast Center, Mansfield, Mass.
Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto
Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, N.J.
TOP INDEPENDENT PROMOTER (U.S.)
C3 Presents, Austin, Texas
Frank Productions, Madison, Wis.
Jam Productions, Chicago
TOP INDEPENDENT PROMOTER (International)
T4F, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Michael Coppel Presents, Australia
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