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