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2016 Billboard Touring Awards recognises the best of the global concert industry
Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Brand took home Top Tour honours and Coldplay won both the Top Draw and Top Boxscore category at the 13th annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards, which recognises the best of the global concert industry, in Beverly Hills, California last week.
Presented by Billboard, the leading global destination for charts, news, business, lifestyle and innovations in music, and hosted by American Idol Season One’s Brian Dunkleman, the Touring Awards honours the industry’s top achievers in categories including Top Festival, Top Arena, Top Manager and Top Comedy Tour. The winners are based on Billboard’s Boxscore chart data, which tracks gate receipts for concerts, comedy shows and other live events.
Bon Jovi, who has grossed well over $1 billion in ticket sales around the world in the past decade, was named the 2016 Legend of Live for the band’s significant impact on the touring industry.
Scooter Bruan, Founder of SB Projects, was named the 2016 Humanitarian for his ongoing philanthropic efforts. Hip-hop star Raury performed at the event held for the first time in Los Angeles.
Against the backdrop of a steady decline in album sales, live music is stronger than ever, with double-digit growth nearly every year of the past decade, legions of fans flocking nightly to shows from clubs to stadiums and some US$20 billion a year in global ticket sales, according to Billboard estimates.
Driving that business are not only artists but promoters, managers, booking agents, festival organisers and venues.
On the business side, the Billboard Touring Conference featured topical sessions on 'Serving the Uber Fan' and 'Presenting Safe & Secure Events in a Dangerous World'.
2016 Billboard Touring Conference & Awards winners:
TOP DRAW: Coldplay
TOP TOUR: Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band, The River Tour
TOP PACKAGE: The Justin Bieber Purpose Tour featuring Post Malone and Moxie Raia
TOP COMEDY TOUR: Kevin Hart
TOP BOXSCORE: Coldplay, Wembley Stadium, London, 15th to 19th June
TOP FESTIVAL: Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Indio, California, USA
TOP ARENA: O2 Arena, London, United Kingdon
TOP VENUE - UNDER 5,000 SEATS: The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, USA
TOP CLUB: House of Blues, Boston, USA
TOP AMPHITHEATER: BB&T Pavilion, Camden, New Jersey, USA.
TOP MANAGER: Maverick Management
TOP AGENCY: Creative Artists Agency
TOP VENUE - UNDER 10,000 SEATS: Radio City Music Hall, New York, USA
TOP PROMOTER: Live Nation Entertainment
TOP INDEPENDENT PROMOTER (U.S.): Another Planet Entertainment
TOP INDEPENDENT PROMOTER (International): SJM Concerts
CONCERT MARKETING & PROMOTION AWARD: Chance the Rapper Magnificent Coloring Day with Citi, H&M, Honda, Bud Light
GOLDEN CIRCLE AWARD: Brian Murphy, Goldenvoice / AEG Live
HUMANITARIAN: Scooter Braun
LEGEND OF LIVE: Bon Jovi
For more information go to www.BillboardTouringConference.com
Image: Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Brand will be performing in Australia and New Zealand early in 2017.
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