Friday, October 27, 2017

Country in the NEWS: Where New Country meets Old Country....October 27, 2017 (Touring Conference & Awards)

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Tim McGraw & Faith Hill to Receive Legends of Live Honor at Billboard Touring Conference & Awards

  Tim McGraw (L) and Faith Hill perform onstage during the 'Soul2Soul' World Tour at Staples Center on July 14, 2017 in Los Angeles

Held at the Montage Beverly Hills in Los Angeles on Nov. 14 and 15, the conference will also include Diplo, Reggie Watts, Lil Dicky and more
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will receive the Legends of Live award next month at the 14th annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards, a two-day event that unites some of the industry’s biggest artists and executives to discuss the constant changes in the live music business.
Held at the Montage Beverly Hills in Los Angeles on Nov. 14 and 15, the conference boasts a huge talent roster including Reggie Watts, Diplo, Lil Dicky, and more. It will also introduce its first-ever Hip-Hop Power Panel, featuring some of the genre’s top executives from major talent agencies including UTA and Paradigm as well as promoter Live Nation and artist management company London Entertainment Group.
John Amato, president of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group, says the conference’s mission is even more relevant in light of recent acts of violence that have compromised the sanctity of live music events. “While we cannot make sense of these senseless acts of violence, live music remains a bedrock of our culture and will continue to serve as a common thread of inclusiveness and celebration,” he says. “I’m proud that Billboard continues to bring together the touring community to commemorate the spirit and significance of live music.”

The Billboard Touring Conference & Awards will honor legacy artists, breakout stars, record-smashing tours and powerhouse venues across the country. The Legend of Live award is Billboard's highest accolade in the live entertainment space, recognizing professionalism and steadfast commitment to the art and craft of live performance. With it, McGraw and Hill will be honored for their professionalism and devotion to the art and craft of performance across their career. 
Meanwhile, Lil Uzi Vert will also snatch the Breakthrough Artist award, and nonprofit advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety will take home this year's Humanitarian Award.
Find more information about the Billboard Touring Conference & Awards here, and see the full list of finalists and honorees below.
Billboard Touring Conference & Awards Finalists and Honorees
Legends of Live
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
Humanitarian Award
Everytown for Gun Safety
Breakthrough Artist
Lil Uzi Vert
Top Tour
Guns N’ Roses

Top Draw
Guns N’ Roses

Top Festival
Outside Lands

Top Arena
Madison Square Garden, New York
O2 Arena, London
T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas

Top Venue - Under 10,000 Seats
​Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City
The Axis at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas
Radio City Music Hall, New York

Top Venue - Under 5,000 Seats
The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
Fox Theatre, Atlanta
Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis 

Top Promoter
AEG Presents
Live Nation Entertainment

Top Independent Promoter Worldwide
Another Planet Entertainment
Frontier Touring
Mercury Concerts

Top Agency
Paradigm Talent Agency
Creative Artists Agency
William Morris Endeavor

Concert Marketing & Promotion
Bruno Mars Paint the World Gold Campaign for 24K Magic Tour
Khalid Summer #F21xMusic Digital and We Are Forever campaigns for Forever 21
Lady Gaga's "Dream Ticket" promotion with Verizon for her Joanne World Tour
Taylor Swift's Super Saturday show with AT&T and Swift-curated channel on AT&T’s DirecTV Now streaming-TV service
Foo Fighters Cal Jam and North American Concrete and Gold Tour with Capital One

Top Manager
Jeffrey Azoff
Pat Corcoran
Scooter Braun

Top Comedy Tour
Dave Chappelle
Amy Schumer
Jerry Seinfeld

Top Club
The Fillmore Philadelphia
House of Blues Boston
9:30 Club, Washington, D.C.

Top Amphitheater
BB&T Pavilion, Camden, N.J.
Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles
Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, N.Y.

Top Boxscore
Guns N' Roses, London Stadium, June 16-17
Phish, Madison Square Garden, New York, July 21-Aug. 6
U2, Stade de France, Paris, July 25-26

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