U2, Lady Gaga, Metallica and Taylor Swift capped off huge touring years by taking home the major awards at the 2010 Billboard Touring Awards, held tonight (Nov. 4) at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers. Rush and Jack Johnson were also honored during the ceremony, which concluded the Billboard Touring Conference held on Nov. 3 and 4 in New York.
In honor of its massive 360 world tour, U2 was presented with the Top Tour and Top Draw Awards, which recognize the top grossing and ticket-selling tours based on global box office numbers, as reported to Billboard Boxscore from Oct. 1, 2009 through Sept. 30, 2010. Lady Gaga took home the Breakthrough Award as well as the Concert Marketing & Promotion Award, the latter an acknowledgement of her partnership with Virgin Mobile.
Metallica received the Eventful Fans' Choice Award, and the Top Package Award was given to Taylor Swift's tour with openers Kellie Pickler and Gloriana. AC/DC won the Top Boxscore Award for its three sellout shows at Sydney's ANZ Stadium, while Dane Cook took home the Top Comedy Tour Award.