|Billboard Touring Awards: U2, Bon Jovi, Take That Are Top Finalists
U2, Bon Jovi, Take That, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, and Usher are among the finalists for the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards, set for Nov. 10 at the Roosevelt Hotel ballroom in New York City. The awards are primarily based on box office numbers reported to Billboard Boxscore from Oct. 1, 2010, through Sept. 30, 2011.
"To a large degree, the touring industry rebounded this year, and the tours, venues, companies and events that are finalists for the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards are examples of the types of shows that worked," says Billboard's Ray Waddell. "The wide range of success shown by the finalists proves superstars are still superstars, artist development is still happening, and fans still love the live concert experience."
The finalists for the Top Tour, based on Boxscore gross, and Top Draw, based on Boxscore attendance, are the same three acts: U2 for their record-setting 360 tour; Bon Jovi with their massively successful Circle tour; and Take That's European/U.K. tour, which shattered box office records as the reunited group went out again with breakout superstar Robbie Williams.
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