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Established in 2004,[1] the Billboard Touring Conference and Awards is an annual meeting sponsored by Billboard Magazine which also honors the top international live entertainment industry artists and professionals. It has thus been described as "part industry conference, part awards show".[2]

Many of the awards are based on Billboard's Boxscore chart tracking concert, comedy and other live entertainment attendance and gate receipts, and on real box office performance.[3] As a result, the awards often equate to commercial success.[2] The "top tour" superlative aware is also given on the basis of fan polls. The "Legend of Live" and Humanitarian awards are given to individuals for their ongoing contributions to the live entertainment touring industry.[3]



The conference and awards are held in November of each year, typically at the Roosevelt Hotel in Midtown Manhattan in New York City. The conference takes place over two days and is attended by figures from the music and concert industry.[4] Each year features a keynote speaker from the performance industry, who in the past have included the likes of Gene Simmons of Kiss[5] and Three Doors Down.[4]

While recorded music has an established awards structure headed by the Grammy Awards and also featuring the American Music Awards and the MTV Video Music Awards, live performance music has not had the same. The Billboard Touring Awards are an attempt to fill that gap. Billboard previously attempted to enter the awards arena for recorded music with the charts-based Billboard Music Award, which lasted from 1990 through 2006 but because of loss of television outlet and other reasons have not been seen since. Those awards featured two slots for Concert Venue Award and Touring Venue Award, but were not otherwise live-performance-based.

Award names and awards given themselves have varied somewhat each year, with for example the Top Comedy Tour and Concert Marketing & Promotion Awards being added in 2007 and the Fans Choice being added in 2008, both being determined by fan vote.[6] There are typically three nominees in each category.[7]

Repeat winners in the awards have been common, with country artist Kenny Chesney winning Top Package Tour six consecutive years through 2009[8] and Bonnaroo Music Festival winning four times as well starting in 2004.[9]



The sixth annual Billboard Touring Awards took place November 4 and 5, 2009, at the at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.[10] The winners were:[8]


The fifth annual Billboard Touring Awards took place November 20, 2008 in New York City.[6][9]


The 2007 awards were held on November 15, 2007. Awards were based on box office performance from January 1, 2007 through September 30, 2007.[11]


The 2006 awards were held on November 9, 2006 in New York City.[4]


The 2005 awards were termed the Billboard Roadworks '05 Touring Awards.[12][7]


The first annual Billboard Touring Awards were held November 8–9, 2004, at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City,[1][13] as the culmination of the first Billboard Backstage Pass Conference.[14] The winners were announced in advance of the awards ceremony.[14] The awards were not well-known or publicized much during this time.


  1. ^ a b "Come to the Big Apple ...". Billboard. October 30, 2004. Retrieved 2009-10-11.  
  2. ^ a b Simpson, Matt (November 18, 2008). "A.M. Nuggets: Allman Brothers Honored at Billboard Touring Awards". Retrieved 2009-10-11.  
  3. ^ a b "Osbourne to receive legend award". BBC News. September 18, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-11.  
  4. ^ a b c "Billboard Announces Winners of the 2006 Touring Awards". Billboard. November 9, 2006. Retrieved 2009-10-11.  
  5. ^ "Gene Simmons to Deliver Keynote Q&A at Billboard Touring Conference". A&E News. September 4, 2008. Retrieved 2009-10-13.  
  6. ^ a b Kilgor, Kym (November 21, 2008). "The Boss leads Billboard Touring Awards". Live Daily. Retrieved 2009-10-11.  
  7. ^ a b "Billboard Touring". Retrieved October 11, 2009.  
  8. ^ a b "Madonna Takes Top Honors At Billboard Touring Awards". =Billboard. 2009-11-05. Retrieved 2009-11-06.  
  9. ^ a b "News Ticker: Bronx Mowgli Wentz, Bruce Springsteen, Velvet Revolver". Rolling Stone. November 21, 2008. Retrieved 2009-10-11.  
  10. ^ "Billboard Touring Conference and Awards". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-11-06.  
  11. ^ "The Police Win Big At Billboard Touring Awards". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-10-11.  
  12. ^ "U2 Leads Billboard Touring Awards Finalists". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-10-11.  
  13. ^ "Billboard Backstage Pass 2004". Billboard. November 27, 2004. Retrieved 2009-10-11.  
  14. ^ a b "Re-Invention Tour gets Top 'Backstage Pass' Honor". Mad-Eyes. November 6, 2004. Retrieved 2009-10-11.  

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