Now in its 13th year, the Billboard Touring Awards honor the artists, executives, companies and venues behind the most successful tours and events of the year. The awards are based primarily on box office data reported to Billboard Boxscore between Oct. 1, 2015, and Sept. 30, 2016.
Finalists for the Top Tour, which goes to the highest-grossing tour of the year, and Top Draw, for the act selling the most tickets in the period, are the same three acts: Beyonce for her Formation tour, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band for the River tour, and Coldplay for their Head Full of Dreams tour.
Finalists for Breakthrough, which goes to an act cracking the elite tours for the first time, are Adele, The Weeknd, and Twenty One Pilots. Scooter Braun, founder of SB Projects, will receive the Humanitarian Award, which recognizes the philanthropic efforts of a touring industry professional.
Brian Dunkleman (American Idol, season one) will host the 2016 Billboard Touring Awards, which will also feature a performance by hip-hop star Raury. This year’s event moves to Los Angeles for the first time and takes place Nov. 9 at The SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, during the Billboard Touring Conference on Nov. 9 and 10.
Veteran Southern California promoter Brian Murphy of Goldenvoice/AEG Live will received the Golden Circle Award. Named for the industry lexicon for the “best seats in the house,” the Golden Circle Award is presented to an industry legend who has shown outstanding passion, professionalism, and commitment to presenting quality live entertainment over a lengthy career.
“2016 was a spectacular year for the touring industry, with a wealth of crowd-pleasing tours and events,” said Ray Waddell, executive director of Content and Programming for Touring and Live Entertainment, Billboard. “At the Billboard Touring Awards we’re proud to honor the hard-working and talented artists, producers, venues, managers, agents and promoters who created the shows that amazed, inspired and entertained us.”
Finalists for Top Comedy Tour, Amy Schumer, Kevin Hart and Michael McIntyre. Finalists for the Top Package award, which recognizes value in touring beyond the headliner for tours with three or more acts on the bill, include Justin Bieber‘s Purpose Tour featuring Post Malone and Moxie Raia; Kenny Chesney‘s Spread the Love Tour featuring Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt and Old Dominion; and Luke Bryan‘s Kill the Lights Tour featuring Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch.
In Top Boxscore, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band are a finalist for their stop at Croke Park in Dublin, along with Coldplay’s Wembley Stadium shows in London, and The Stone Roses‘s Etihad Stadium shows in Manchester, UK.
Top Festival finalists include Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, and Stagecoach Music Festival. Top Arena contenders include Madison Square Garden in New York City, Manchester Arena in Manchester, England and O2 Arena in London.
Other awards include Top Venue, Top Club, Top Amphitheater, Top Manager, Top Agency, Top Promoter, Top Independent Promoter — U.S. and Top International Promoter — International.
The full list of finalists for the 2016 Billboard Touring Awards is below.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Beyoncé, The Formation Tour
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, The River Tour
Coldplay, A Head Full of Dreams Tour
Justin Bieber, Purpose Tour featuring Post Malone and Moxie Raia
Kenny Chesney, Spread the Love Tour featuring Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt, Old Dominion
Luke Bryan, Kill the Lights Tour featuring Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch
Twenty One Pilots
TOP COMEDY TOUR
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Croke Park, Dublin, May 27-29
Coldplay, Wembley Stadium, London, June 15-19
The Stone Roses, Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, June 15-19
Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Indio, Calif.
Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, San Francisco
Stagecoach Music Festival, Indio, Calif.
Madison Square Garden, New York
Manchester Arena, Manchester, England
O2 Arena, London
TOP VENUE – UNDER 10,000 SEATS
?Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City
The Axis at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas
Radio City Music Hall, New York
TOP VENUE – UNDER 5,000 SEATS
Beacon Theatre, New York
The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
Fox Theatre, Atlanta
9:30 Club, Washington, D.C.
House of Blues, Boston
House of Blues, Houston
BB&T Pavilion, Camden, N.J.
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands, Texas
The Gorge, George, Wash.
Jon Landau Management
Creative Artists Agency
Paradigm Talent Agency
William Morris Endeavor Entertainment
Live Nation Entertainment
T4F – Time For Fun
TOP INDEPENDENT PROMOTER (U.S.)
Another Planet Entertainment
?Cardenas Marketing Network
TOP INDEPENDENT PROMOTER (International)
CONCERT MARKETING & PROMOTION AWARD
Beyoncé, Formation Tour with American Express, Uber
Brad Paisley, Country Nation College Tour presented by Zaxby’s
Chance the Rapper Magnificent Coloring Day with Citi, H&M, Honda, Bud Light
Guns N’ Roses, Not In This Lifetime Tour with Citi
Florida Georgia Line, Dig Your Roots Tour with Nitto Tire
Justin Bieber, Purpose Tour with Calvin Klein
GOLDEN CIRCLE AWARD
Brian Murphy, Goldenvoice/ AEG/Live
LEGEND OF LIVE