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30th Annual Pollstar Awards: Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Bruno Mars, Drake, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, & U2 Emerge Top Nominees

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Produced by , the leading trade publication for the live entertainment industry, the 30th annual Pollstar Awards will conclude the Pollstar Live! conference, held February 11-13 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

Presented by Live Nation on February 13th, the Pollstar Awards honors and recognizes the most successful artists, executives, venues, events, and companies in the thriving global live entertainment business.

Pollstar Awards’ nominees for the “Major Tour of the Year” award include epic treks by Beyoncé & Jay-ZBruno MarsDrakeEd SheeranTaylor Swift, and .

Also nominated for various awards are such artists as Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake, Post Malone, Chris Stapleton, Foo Fighters, Metallica, Elton John, Panic! At the Disco, Pink, Travis Scott, Luke Bryan, Shania Twain, J Balvin, , Luis Miguel, Harry Styles, Bad Bunny, Billy Joel, Greta Van Fleet, and Celine Dion, among many others.  For a complete list of nominees, see below.

The nominees were selected by a panel of more than 2,000 agents, managers, promoters, venue operators, and professionals who work in the live entertainment industry. With the largest, most diverse nomination committee in the history of the awards, Pollstar also announces several changes to the program for the 30th anniversary event, both in terms of award categories and in the methodology calculating winners. These changes are geared to increase relevancy, recognize the evolution of the industry, and acknowledge the standard-bearers for the preceding touring year.

“For 30 years, the Pollstar Awards have been the definitive recognition for achievement in the touring industry, and we are honored and privileged to again recognize the elite artists, venues, and executives in the world of live entertainment,” said , CEO of Oak View Group, parent company ofPollstar. “This is a thrilling time to be in the business of live, and we remain inspired by the level of professionalism, creativity and fan engagement exhibited by those who make up our nominees for the 2019 Pollstar Awards, and across the industry.”

While the Pollstar Awards will remain predominantly an industry peer-voted honor, Pollstar will for the first time weigh actual box office performance (gross revenue and ticket sales) as factors in determining winners for many awards. Also, certain executives and artists must be affiliated with specific tours, venues and events from the preceding touring year in order to maintain relevance to the year being considered.

Pollstar has also continued its focus on the artists, with new awards added in 2018 based on genre, and adding categories for a wider range of acts that make important contributions to the overall touring economy, including “Best Residency,” “Best Support/Special Guest,” “Best Non-Music Tour,” “Best Brand Partnership,” “Best Touring Musician,” and “Best Soft Ticket Act.” Beyond the nominees listed below, Pollstar will soon announce special awards for lifetime achievement and philanthropy, and engage fans with the first fan-voted award in the history of the event.

In recognition of the 30th anniversary (and in an effort to not take itself too seriously), Pollstar will also celebrate the larger-than-life personalities and unique nature of the business via such irreverent categories as “The Unavailable,” “Best Hang,” “Most Dreaded Phone Call,” and the “Back In My Day” awards. The entire slate of awards are geared toward presenting a compelling ceremony that salutes the touring industry’s illustrious past while celebrating its current vitality and promising future.

“The changes made for the 2019 Pollstar Awards reflect our ongoing efforts to present the most relevant and accurate representation of the ‘year in touring’ and the highest achieving artists and professionals that make up this dynamic, passionate business,” said Ray Waddell, president of OVG’s Media & Conferences division. “We also wanted to try and have some fun because, while this industry is definitely made up of the hardest working men and women in show business, they also know how to have a good time.”

The 2019 Pollstar Live! Conference & Awards runs Feb. 11-13, beginning with a day focused on production with Production Live! (programmed this year with legendary production guru Jake Berry) followed by two days of insightful sessions, keynotes, Q&As and presentations on the most relevant topics facing the global live business.

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15 comments

Kevin Ross
Kevin Ross December 31, 1969 at 5:00 pm

I’ve been online looking for instructions all day. This is the ONLY one that makes sense. Thanks

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Kevin Ross
Kevin Ross December 31, 1969 at 5:00 pm

Affordable? Should be titled cities with high rent (lol) I can do a better list than this. There are many great medium sized markets with better rents.

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Kevin Ross
Kevin Ross December 31, 1969 at 5:00 pm

Great story but make it an open call to the black SGL COMMUNITY, if a Youtube show or a production is good enough and has a big enough following, the networks will call YOU. (eg “Insecure”) Leverage is a beast. Black people will turn into dust waiting for acceptance, permission and a green light to do what we are already qualified to do on our own. Stop asking for opportunities. TAKE them and create your own EMPIRE!!!

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Kevin Ross
Kevin Ross December 31, 1969 at 5:00 pm

Great piece Jackie…

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Kevin Ross
Kevin Ross December 31, 1969 at 5:00 pm

This is what I think it is; There are WAY too many people involved in the production and it’s obvious. I agree the show is losing authenticity. There are WAY too many celeb appearances who are not believable and can’t act. It’s starting to get annoying. Jussie’s character is enough for now for non gay viewers but the guy doing Sylvester was WAY over the top and just TOO much this early in the show. Cookie is overused. Viewers need to anticipate her appearances, their needs to be a couple of younger producers on there to bring more balance to the music. Don’t sing entire songs but just a segments, give the audience a reason to want to buy the music. The oldest son is one of the best actors on the show (mental breakdown) but he’s not being used enough. Not enough focus on the main characters and the storyline is getting weak. Finally the name of the new label “Lion Dynasty” is the WORST name for a record label I have ever heard and I work in the music industry. It’s not belevable.

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Dallas Scott
Dallas Scott October 15, 2015 at 6:18 pm

That whack ass line about when the cops raid you your a G when the Feds raid you your a OG. Wtf is blacks folks were Like huh? Who writes that so many other words they could have used they lost all street cred. Should have named the new label something more associated with Cookie but I like the name Kingdom

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Barbara Smith
Barbara Smith October 16, 2015 at 4:27 am

Whoa! Say it ain’t so!

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Mitch Faulkner
Mitch Faulkner October 16, 2015 at 7:16 am

Simply look at the writers and producers of the show and therein lies the problem of falling ratings.

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Barbara Smith
Barbara Smith October 16, 2015 at 7:25 am

Kevin, with you being in the business, I respect your opinion.

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Curtis Robinson
Curtis Robinson October 16, 2015 at 6:40 pm

Sound like u should be a writer Kev.

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Kevin Ross
Kevin Ross October 16, 2015 at 6:49 pm

The most recent show was not that bad, I fell out when the female lawyer found the dead body in her car. In the first season they gave a lot of new actors a shot that was great in comparison to this season.

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Kevin Ross
Kevin Ross October 16, 2015 at 6:54 pm

I agree Dallas….

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Kevin Ross
Kevin Ross October 16, 2015 at 6:58 pm

Naw just a viewer but I would certainly not turn down a writing gig for TV

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Kevin Ross
Kevin Ross October 16, 2015 at 10:29 pm

(lol) Tammi, what about Lucious rapping?

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Barbara Smith
Barbara Smith October 17, 2015 at 3:55 am

That WOULD be acting. Lol

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