NEW YORK (Hypebot) – The finalists for the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards were announced yesterday. One Direction, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Arcade Fire, Rolling Stones, Jason Aldean and Paul McCartney were among the finalists. Billboard's touring awards recognizes artists with outstanding achievement in the touring world. The awards are based considerably off of Billboard's Boxscore chart data that reflects gate receipts for concerts, comedy shows, and various real box office shows.
"The tours, artists, venues, events, executives and companies represented as finalists for the Billboard Touring Awards are pushing the boundaries of creativity to make live events a bigger draw than ever," says Ray Waddell, Billboard’s Executive Director of Content and Programming for Touring and Live Entertainment. "In this era of fragmented digital consumption, live performance remains paramount in building and sustaining an artist’s career."
The three finalists for Top Tour, based on Boxscore gross, include Justin Timberlake's 20/20 Experience tour, The Eagles' History of The Eagles tour, and One Direction's Where We Are tour.
The Top Boxscore category honors the top-grossing single engagement by an artists. The finalists include One Direction for their May shows in Dublin, The Rolling Stones for their February-March Tokyo Dome engagement, and Paul McCartney for his November shows at the Tokyo Dome.
The Breakthrough Award recognizes a breakout artist who climbs their way to the top ranking tours within their first decade of touring. Florida Georgia Line, Arcade Fire, and One Republic are the finalists.
Finalists for the Top Package category, recognizing the highest-grossing tour with three or more artists on the bill, include Jason Aldean featuring Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr; Katy Perry's Prismatic tour featuring Tegan & Sarah, Kasey Musgraves, Capital Cities, Becky G Ferras; and Luke Bryan featuring Lee Brice and Cole Swindell.
Top Festival finalists are The Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, CA, Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, TX, and Lallapalooza in Chicago, IL.
Winners will be honored at the Roosevelt Hotel at the 11th annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards on November 20. Further details about the 2014 Billboard Touring Conference & Award will be released closer to the event date. – Laura Schneider
A full list of the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards finalists in as follows:
Jason Aldean featuring Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr
Luke Bryan featuring Lee Brice and Cole Swindell
Katy Perry’s Prismatic Tour, featuring Capital Cities, Kasey Musgraves, Tegan & Sarah, Becky G Ferras
Florida Georgia Line
TOP COMEDY TOUR
Barry Humphries (Dame Edna)
Paul McCartney – Tokyo Dome – Nov. 18-19, 21
One Direction – Croke Park, Dublin – May 23-25
Rolling Stones – Tokyo Dome – Feb. 26, March 4, 6
Austin City Limits Music Festival, Austin TX
Coachella Music & Arts Festival, Indio, CA
Lollapalooza, Chicago, IL
Allphones Arena, Sydney, Australia
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
O2 Arena, London, England
TOP VENUE – UNDER 10,000 SEATS
Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City, Mexico
The Axis at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, NV
Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY
TOP VENUE – UNDER 5,000 SEATS
The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV
Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham, NC
Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA
9:30 Club, Washington, D.C.
House of Blues, Boston, MA
House of Blues, Orlando, FL
Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto, Canada
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY
Xfinity Center, Mansfield, MA
Live Nation Entertainment
TOP INDEPENDENT PROMOTER (U.S.)
Another Planet Entertainment
TOP INDEPENDENT PROMOTER (INTERNATIONAL)
T4F- Time For Fun
Creative Artists Agency
William Morris Endeavor Entertainment
Wright Entertainment Group
CONCERT MARKETING & PROMOTION AWARD
Steve Aoki/Bud Light Platinum
Billy Joel/Citi at Madison Square Garden
Music Midtown/Coke Zero with The List
Katy Perry Prismatic World Tour/Staples