Pollstar has announced the nominees for the 31st annual Pollstar Awards. Presented by Live Nation on Feb. 6, the Pollstar Awards concludes the Pollstar Live! conference and honors and recognizes the most successful artists, executives, venues, events, and companies in the global live entertainment business. To be held at The Beverly Hilton on Feb. 4-6, 2020, Pollstar Live! is the world’s largest gathering of live entertainment professionals.
The 2020 Pollstar Award nominations were selected by an international nominating committee.
Pollstar Awards’ nominees for the “Major Tour of the Year” award, which recognizes the most commercially and artistically successful tour of the year, are Ed Sheeran, Elton John, Eric Church, Garth Brooks, P!NK and The Rolling Stones.
Also nominated for awards in categories including “Best Rock Tour,” “Best Hip-Hop/R&B Tour,” “Best Pop Tour,” “Best Country Tour,” “Best Latin Tour” and “Best Residency” are such artists as Ariana Grande, Bad Bunny, Billie Eilish, Billy Joel, Carrie Underwood, Drake, Garth Brooks, Jennifer Lopez, Jonas Brothers, Lady Gaga, Lizzo, Maná, Metallica, Travis Scott, among many others.
Nominees for “Best New Headliner,” those that achieved a significant breakthrough in 2019 through memorable performances, fan engagement, and box office success are Billie Eilish, Greta Van Fleet, Kacey Musgraves, Lizzo, Luke Combs, and Maggie Rogers.
While the Pollstar Awards remain predominantly industry peer-voted, Pollstar factors in box office performance (gross revenue and ticket sales) using touring data in determining winners for many awards.
Additional categories include “Comedy Tour of the Year,” “Music Festival of the Year” (both more than and less than 30K attendance); venue awards for “Arena of the Year,” “Best New Concert Venue,” “International Venue of the Year,” “Nightclub of the Year,” “Theatre of the Year”; executive awards for “Bobby Brooks Award - Agent of the Year,” “Bill Graham Award/Promoter of the Year,” “Venue Executive of the Year,” “Talent Buyer of the Year,” “International Promoter of the Year,” “International Booking Agent of the Year,” “Personal Manager of the Year,” “Road Warrior of the Year” and more.