The Pollstar Awards, honoring the top achievers in the live entertainment industry, have been announced, and high on the list of nominees are, Metallica, Def Leppard/Journey, Foo Fighters and Greta Van Fleet. The awards, presented by Live Nation, recognize the most successful artists, executives, venues, events and companies in the global live entertainment business.
Nominees for the “Major Tour Of The Year” award include Beyonce & Jay-Z, Bruno Mars, Drake, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and U2. Other artists recognized for their live achievements include Bruce Springsteen, Chris Stapleton, Elton John, Panic! At the Disco, Harry Styles, Billy Joel, Billie Eilish and Celine Dion.
The 2018 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. Pollstar announced several changes to the program for its 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 from 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 Tim Leiweke, CEO of Oak View Group, parent company of Pollstar.
Pollstar will for the first time use its industry-leading box office data in designating winners for certain awards with a weighting of 30 percent (15 percent average gross revenue and 15 percent average ticket sales) applied to vote total to determine final winners. 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 artists, adding new awards in 2018 based on genre, along with categories for a wider range of acts that contribute significantly 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.”
The awards ceremony will conclude the Pollstar Live! Conference, which runs February 11-13, 2019 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in LA. For a complete list of 2019 Pollstar Awards nominees, visit Pollstar.com.