Which Artists Had the Biggest Tours of the Year?

The nominations have been announced for the 30th annual Pollstar Awards, which honors the most successful artists and tours in all of live music.

The biggest award of the night is the Major Tour of the Year. This honors the most successful road runs in all genres of music and it will be tight race between Ed Sheeran’s Divide Tour, Taylor Swift’s Reputation Tour, Bruno Mars24K Magic World Tour, Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s On the Run II Tour, Drake and MigosAubrey and the Three Amigos Tour and U2’s eXPERIENCE and iNNOCENCE Tour.

The Awards will be handed out during Pollstar’s Live! Conference in mid-February.

See the full list of nominees below:

Major Tour of the Year

Ed Sheeran | ÷ Tour

Taylor Swift | Taylor Swift reputation Stadium Tour

Bruno Mars | 24K Magic World Tour

Beyoncé & Jay-Z | On The Run II Tour

Drake | Aubrey & The Three Amigos Tour


Best Rock Tour

Foo Fighters | Concrete and Gold Tour 2018

Panic! At The Disco | Pray for the Wicked Tour


Metallica | WorldWired Tour

Imagine Dragons | ƎVOLVE World Tour

Def Leppard/Journey | Def Leppard & Journey Tour

Eagles | An Evening With The Eagles

Best Hip-Hop/R&B

Drake | Aubrey & The Three Amigos Tour

Beyoncé & Jay-Z | On The Run II Tour

Post Malone | Beerbongs & Bentleys Tour

Travis Scott | Astroworld: Wish You Were Here Tour

Top Dawg Entertainment (Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock & More) | The Championship Tour

Childish Gambino | This Is America Tour

Best Pop Tour

Ed Sheeran | ÷ Tour

Pink | Beautiful Trauma World Tour

Taylor Swift | Reputation Stadium Tour

Bruno Mars | 24K Magic World Tour

Justin Timberlake | The Man Of The Woods Tour

Harry Styles | Harry Styles: Live On Tour

Best Country Tour

Chris Stapleton | Chris Stapleton’s All-American Road Show Tour

Kenny Chesney | Trip Around the Sun Tour

Luke Bryan | What Makes You Country Tour

Keith Urban | Graffiti U World Tour

Thomas Rhett | Life Changes Tour 2018

Shania Twain | NOW Tour

Best Latin Tour

J Balvin | Vibras Tour

Luis Miguel | México Por Siempre Tour

Ozuna | Aura Tour

Shakira | El Dorado World Tour

Romeo Santos | Golden Tour

Bad Bunny | La Nueva Religion Tour

Best Comedy Tour

Kevin Hart | The Kevin Hart Irresponsible Tour

Sebastian Maniscalco | Stay Hungry Tour

Dave Chappelle & Jon Stewart | Jim Jefferies | The Night Talker Tour

Jerry Seinfeld | Jerry Seinfeld Live

Steve Martin & Martin Short | Steve Martin & Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest of Your Life

Best Support/Special Guest

Kacey Musgraves | Harry Styles – Harry Styles: Live

Kane Brown | Chris Young – Losing Sleep World Tour 

Kelsea Ballerini | Keith Urban – Graffiti U World Tour

The Struts | Foo Fighters – Concrete and Gold Tour 2018

Migos | Drake – Aubrey & The Three Amigos Tour

Lauv | Ed Sheeran – ÷ Tour

Best Residency

Billy Joel | Madison Square Garden Arena

Bruce Springsteen | Walter Kerr Theatre

Celine Dion | Colosseum at Caesars Palace

Elton John | Colosseum at Caesars Palace

Jennifer Lopez | Zappos Theater in the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

Backstreet Boys | Zappos Theater in the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

Best Soft Ticket Act

10,000 Maniacs

Air Supply


Donny & Marie

Earth Wind & Fire

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Best Non-Music Tour of the Year

Pod Tours America Becoming: An Intimate Conversation With Michelle Obama

Peppa Pig’s Surprise

WWE Monday Night Raw

Cirque du Soleil Crystal

Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour Presented by Pull-Ups

Best New Headliner

Greta Van Fleet

Billie Eilish

Harry Styles

Luke Combs

Kane Brown

Post Malone

Music Festival Over 30K Capacity

Coachella | Indio, CA

Lollapalooza | Chicago, IL

Stagecoach | Indio, CA

Austin City Limits Music Festival | Austin, TX

Bonnaroo | Manchester, TN

BottleRock Napa Valley | Napa, CA

Outside Lands | San Francisco, CA

Music Festival Under 30K Capacity

Newport Folk Festival | Newpork, RI

The Hangout Beach, Music & Arts Festival | Gulf Shores, AL

Desert Daze | Lake Perris, CA

Forecastle | Louisville, KY

Moon River | Chattanooga, TN

The Ohana Fest | Dana Point, CA

Nightclub of the Year

Brooklyn Steel | Brooklyn, N.Y.

9:30 Club | Washington, D.C.

The Anthem | Washington, D.C.

Irving Plaza | New York, N.Y.

Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, N.Y.

Thalia Hall | Chicago, IL

Theatre of the Year

Ryman Auditorium | Nashville, TN

Radio City Music Hall | New York, NY

Beacon Theatre | New York, NY

Chicago Theater | Chicago, IL

Fox Theater Oakland | Oakland, CA

Fox Theatre Atlanta | Atlanta, GA

Arvest Bank Theatre At The Midland | Kansas City, MO

Arena of the Year

The Forum | Inglewood, CA

Madison Square Garden Arena | New York, NY

Bridgestone Arena | Nashville, TN


Barclays Center | Brooklyn, NY

Golden 1 Center | Sacramento, CA

02 Arena | London, UK

Best Outdoor Concert Venue

Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO

Hollywood Bowl | Los Angeles, CA

Forest Hills Stadium | Queens, NY

Greek Theatre | Los Angeles, CA

Ascend Amphitheatre | Nashville, TN

Gorge Amphiteatre | George, WA

Merriweather Post Pavilion | Columbia, MD

Best New Concert Venue

The Sylvee | Madison, WI

Avenir Centre | Moncton, New Brunswick, CA

Fiserv Forum | Milwaukee, WI

The Rooftop at Pier 17 | New York, NY

Metropolitan Opera House | Philadelphia, PA

The Armory | Minneapolis, MN

Elsewhere | Brooklyn, NY

Venue Executive of the Year

Keith Sheldon, Barclays Center

Jeff Nickler, BOK Center

David Kells, Bridgestone Arena

Laurie Jacoby, Madison Square Garden

Chris Wright, Oracle Arena and Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

James Rasmussen, Golden 1 Center

Becky Colwell, Greek Theatre

Talent Buyer of the Year

Stacy Vee, Goldenvoice

Amy Corbin, C3 Presents

Don Strasburg, AEG Presents

Geoff Gordon, Live Nation

Huston Powell, C3 Presents

Sonia Grover, First Avenue

Stacie George, Live Nation

Bill Graham Award-Promoter of the Year

Louis Messina, Messina Touring Group

Ryan McElrath, Live Nation Touring

Brian O’Connell, Live Nation Country

Gregg Perloff, Another Planet Entertainment

Arthur Fogel, Live Nation Global Touring

Ali Harnell, AEG Presents

International Promoter of the Year

Simon Moran, SJM Concerts

Barrie Marshall, Marshal Arts Ltd

Jim King, AEG Presents

Denis Desmond, MCD Productions

Michael Chugg, Chugg Entertainment

Folkert Koopmans, FKP Scorpio

Bobby Brooks Award - Agent of the Year

Marty Diamond, Paradigm Talent Agency

Jay Williams, William Morris Endeavor

Andrew Simon, Creative Artists Agency

John Marx, William Morris Endeavor

Adam Kornfeld, Artist Group International

Cheryl Paglierani, United Talent Agency

Cara Lewis, Cara Lewis Group

International Booking Agent of the Year

Emma Banks, Creative Artists Agency

James Whitting, CODA

Neil Warnock, United Talent Agency

Rod MacSween, International Talent Booking

Steve Strange, X-Ray Touring

Jon Ollier, Creative Artists Agency

Booking Agency of the Year

William Morris Endeavor

Paradigm Talent Agency

Creative Artists Agency

United Talent Agency

Artist Group International

Agency for the Performing Arts

Rising Star

Joe Giordano Jr., BOK Center

Michael Owens, Chesapeake Energy Arena

Jared Braverman, Live Nation

Brittanie Delava, AEG Presents

Cheryl Paglierani, United Talent Agency

Lesley Olenik, Live Nation

Personal Manager of the Year

John Silva, Silva Artist Management

Stuart Camp, Grumpy Old Management

Irving Azoff, Full Stop Management

Coran Capshaw, Red Light Management

Jeffrey Azoff, Full Stop Management

Dre London, London Entertainment

Road Warrior

Jake Berry | U2

Gus Brandt | Foo Fighters, Pharrell Williams/NERD, Conan O’Brien

Keith Keller | Drake

Marty Hom | Fleetwood Mac, Shakira, Paula Abdul

Jim Runge | Empire Of The Sun

Bob “Hydro” Mullin | Justin Timberlake

Best Production/Transportation Company

Upstaging, Inc.

Rock-it Cargo

Premier Global Production

Beat The Street


Egotrips, Inc.

Best Brand Partnership/Live Campaign

Honda Civic Tour w/ Charlie Puth

Nationwide Insurance w/ Brad Paisley

Ikea w/ Boston Calling

Bud Light w/ Post Malone Hollister w/ Khalid

American Express w/ Ariana Grande

Gap w/ Leon Bridges

Best Touring Musician

John Mayer, Dead & Company

Elton John

Mike Campbell, Fleetwood Mac

Mark Rivera, Billy Joel

Trey Anastasio, Phish

Vince Gill, Eagles

Marketing/PR Exec

Michele Bernstein, William Morris Endeavor

Allison McGregor, Creative Artists Agency

Ebie McFarland, Essential Broadcast Media 

Michelle McCarthy, Prudential Center

Asha Goodman, Sacks & Co

Eddie Clemens, United Talent Agency

Kate McMahon, Messina Touring Group

Kathi Brennan Scharnikow, AEG Presents

Best Hang

The Forum Club @ The Forum

Greek Theatre

Austin City Limits Music Festival

BOK Center 



The Lifer

Larry Vallon, AEG Presents

Ron Delsener, Live Nation

Alex Hodges, Nederlander Concerts

Bob Roux, Live Nation

Dan Weiner, Paradigm Talent Agency

Frank Riley, High Road Touring

The Unavailable Award

Jeffrey Shuman, Goldenvoice

Johnny Beach, Bowery Presents

Bob Roux, Live Nation

Irving Azoff, Full Stop Management

Jay Williams, William Morris Endeavor

Most Frequently Name-Dropped

Irving Azoff, Full Stop Management

Michael Rapino, Live Nation

Marc Geiger, William Morris Endeavor

Coran Capshaw, Red Light Management

Rob Light, Creative Artists Agency

Scooter Braun, SB Projects

The Back In My Day

Ron Delsener, Live Nation

Alex Hodges, Nederlander Concerts

Dale Morris, Morris Higham Management

Don Fox, Beaver Productions

Doc McGhee, McGhee Entertainment

Jason Stone, Live Nation

Most Dreaded Phone Call

Irving Azoff, Full Stop Management

Aaron Pinkus, Paradigm Talent Agency

Kirk Sommer, William Morris Endeavor

Don Fox, Beaver Productions

Gerry Barad, Live Nation

Howard Rose, Howard Rose Agency

Jeff Frasco, Creative Artists Agency

Most Terrifying Agent

Marsha Vlasic, Artist Group International

Brent Smith, William Morris Endeavor

Cara Lewis, Cara Lewis Group

Marc Geiger, William Morris Endeavor

Frank Riley, High Road Touring

Howard Rose, Howard Rose Agency

Ken Fermaglich, United Talent Agency


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