Billboard held its 10th annual Billboard Touring Awards in association withShell Rotella and hosted by executive producer of The Howard Stern Show, Gary Dell’Abate a.k.a. “Baba Booey”, at the Roosevelt Hotel tonight in New York City. The Awards honored the concert industry’s top artists, venues and professionals for the year, primarily based on the Billboard Boxscore chart and actual box office performance between Oct. 1, 2012 through Sept. 30, 2013.
Bon Jovi took home not only the Top Tour Award, which acknowledges the top grossing tour, but also the Top Draw Award, which recognizes the top ticket selling tour. British boy band One Direction received the Breakthrough Award, and the Concert Marketing & Promotion Award went to The Rolling Stones and Citi for the 50 & Counting Tour. Bon Jovi also received the Eventful Fans’ Choice Award, which is determined by fan “demands” at Eventful.com.
The Top Package Award honoring the top-grossing tour with three or more artists on the bill went to the Taylor SwiftRed Tour featuring Ed Sheeran, Joel Crouse, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, and Casey James. Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, California took home the Top Festival Award again, and Jeff Dunham received the Top Comedy Award for the third year in a row. Billboard’s 2013 Woman of the Year, P!nk took home the Top Boxscore award, while the O2 Arena in London won the Top Arena award.
Among the industry-related awards most of last year’s winners held their reigning titles including, Live Nation as the Top Promoter, C3 Presents as the Top U.S. Independent Promoter and T4F as the Top International Independent Promoter, but this year Creative Artists Agency snagged the award of Top Agency, and Bon Jovi Management won Top Manager.
Additionally, country music icon George Strait was named the 2013 Billboard Legend of Live and President of MAC Presents Marcie Allen received the Humanitarian Award. Vans Warped Tour took home the Hauler of the Decade Award presented by Shell Rotella.
The Billboard Touring Awards reception culminated the two-day sold out Billboard Touring Conference in association with Shell Rotella, held at the Roosevelt Hotel November 13 and 14. The conference united today’s top touring professionals with an incredible roster of speakers including a panel on the Grateful Dead with Electronic DJ/Recording Artist Skrillex and a keynote Q&A with Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters.
Following is a complete list of this year’s Billboard Touring Award winners:
Bon Jovi, Because We Can
Taylor Swift Red Tour with Ed Sheeran, and Joel Crouse, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Casey James
TOP COMEDY TOUR
P!nk – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, July 7-Aug. 26
O2 Arena, London
TOP VENUE – UNDER 10,000 SEATS
Radio City Music Hall
TOP VENUE – UNDER 5,000 SEATS
The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Vegas
House of Blues, Orlando
The Gorge, George, Washington
TOP INDEPENDENT PROMOTER (U.S.)
TOP INDEPENDENT PROMOTER (INTERNATIONAL)
Creative Artists Agency
Bon Jovi Management
CONCERT MARKETING & PROMOTION AWARD
The Rolling Stones 50 & Counting Tour/Citi
LEGEND OF LIVE
SHELL ROTELLA HAUL OF FAME
Dave Matthews Band
The Rolling Stones
Vans Warped Tour (HAULER OF THE DECADE)
EVENTFUL FANS’ CHOICE AWARD