Taylor Swift, Luke Bryan, and Kenny Chesney are among the finalists for the 10th Annual Billboard Touring Awards, Billboard announced today. It will be hosted by Gary Dell’Abate, aka Baba Booey, executive producer of the Howard Stern Show, and will take place on Nov. 14 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York.
“The live music industry remains on a strong growth path, in large part due to the effort and creativity of the tours, artists, venues, events, executives and companies represented as finalists for the Billboard Touring Awards,” says Billboard’s Ray Waddell. “By basing the majority of these awards on Boxscore data, as opposed to some sort of popular vote, the Billboard Touring Awards has, over the past decade, been the true mark of achievement in the live music space.”
The Top Package Award goes to the top-grossing tour with three or more artists on the bill, and includes the following finalists: Jay-Z & Justin Timberlake Legends of Summer Tour with DJ Cassidy; Kenny Chesney’a No Shoes Nation Tour with Eric Church, Eli Young Band, and Kacey Musgraves; and the Taylor Swift Red Tour with Ed Sheeran featuring Joel Crouse, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, and Casey James.
Finalists for the Breakthrough Award, which honors an artist in their first decade of headlining who cracked the top ranks of top tours for the first time, are Bruno Mars, Luke Bryan, and One Direction.
The Billboard Touring Awards will also debut this year will also debut the Shell Rotella Haul Of Fame, which celebrates the hardworking trucking and touring community from the music industry’s Top 10 Haulers of the past decade. The class is determined through analysis of Billboard Boxscore with input from artist managers, tour managers, production managers, producers, and other touring professionals. Shell Rotella will welcome the following inductees: Bon Jovi, Brad Paisley, Dave Matthews Band, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, The Rolling Stones, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, U2, and the Vans Warped Tour. One of these inductees will be named Live Music Hauler of the Decade.
The awards are primarily based on box office numbers reported to Billboard Boxscore from Oct. 1, 2012 through Sept. 30, 2013.