Nominees 31st Annual Pollstar Awards
Major Tour of the Year – Recognizing the most commercially and artistically successful tour of the year. (Box Office Weighted)
Ed Sheeran, (Divide) Tour
Elton John, Farewell Yellow Brick Road
Eric Church, Double Down Tour
Garth Brooks, Garth Brooks Stadium Tour, Summer Of Dive Bars Tour
Pink, Beautiful Trauma World Tour
The Rolling Stones, No Filter Tour
Best Rock Tour – Recognizing professionalism and dedication to the art and craft of live performance in the previous year by a touring rock artist or band. (Box Office Weighted)
KISS, End Of The Road World Tour
Metallica, WorldWired Tour
Queen + Adam Lambert, The Rhapsody Tour
The Rolling Stones, No Filter Tour
Tool, [“Fear Inoculum” Tour]
Twenty One Pilots, The Bandito Tour
Best Hip-Hop/R&B Tour – Recognizing professionalism and dedication to the art and craft of live performance in the previous year by a touring Hip-Hop/R&B artist or band. (Box Office Weighted)
Childish Gambino, This Is America Tour
Drake, Assassination Vacation Tour
Khalid, Free Spirit World Tour
Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys Tour, Runaway Tour
Travis Scott, Astroworld Wish You Were Here Tour
Tyler, The Creator, Igor Tour
Best Pop Tour – Recognizing professionalism and dedication to the art and craft of live performance in the previous year by a touring Pop artist or band. (Box Office Weighted)
Ariana Grande, Sweetener World Tour
Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep Tour
Jonas Brothers, Happiness Begins Tour
Lizzo, Cuz I Love You Tour, Cuz I Love You Too Tour
Pink, Beautiful Trauma World Tour
Shawn Mendes, Shawn Mendes: The Tour
Best Country Tour – Recognizing professionalism and dedication to the art and craft of live performance in the previous year by a touring Country artist or band. (Box Office Weighted)
Carrie Underwood, Cry Pretty Tour 360
Eric Church, Double Down Tour
Garth Brooks, The Garth Brooks Stadium Tour, Dive Bar Tour
Kacey Musgraves, Oh, What A World Tour (I & II)
Luke Combs, Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour
Thomas Rhett, Life Changes Tour, Very Hot Summer Tour
Best Latin Tour – Recognizing professionalism and dedication to the art and craft of live performance in the previous year by a touring Latin artist or band. (Box Office Weighted)
Bad Bunny, X100PRE Tour
J Balvin, Arcoiris Tour
Jennifer Lopez, It’s My Party: The Live Celebration
Luis Miguel, M xico Por Siempre Tour
Maluma, 11:11 Tour
Man , Rayando El Sol Tour
Comedy Tour of the Year – Recognizing the most commercially and artistically successful comedy tour of the year. (Box Office Weighted)
Ali Wong, The Milk & Money Tour
Gabriel Iglesias, Beyond The Fluffy World Tour
Jeff Dunham, Passively Aggressive Tour, Seriously!? Tour
Jerry Seinfeld, [Beacon Theatre Residency and 2019 Tour]
Jim Gaffigan, Quality Time Tour
Sebastian Maniscalco, Stay Hungry Tour, You Bother Me Tour
Trevor Noah, Loud & Clear Tour
Best Support/Special Guest Act – Recognizing the Act that over-delivered in a supporting slot.
5 Seconds of Summer for The Chainsmokers (World War Joy Tour)
Alessia Cara for Shawn Mendes (Shawn Mendes: The Tour)
Barenaked Ladies for Hootie & The Blowfish (Group Therapy Tour)
Dan & Shay for Florida Georgia Line (Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Tour)
Joan Jett for Heart (Love Alive Tour)
Modest Mouse for The Black Keys (Let’s Rock Tour)
Nile Rogers feat. Chic for Cher (Here We Go Again Tour)
Best Residency – Recognizing the most commercially and artistically successful run of 10 or more shows at a single venue. (Box Office Weighted)
Aerosmith (Deuces Are Wild), Park Theater at Park MGM Las Vegas
Billy Joel, Madison Square Garden
Celine Dion (Celine), The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
David Byrne (American Utopia), Hudson Theatre
Janet Jackson (Metamorphosis), Park Theater at Park MGM Las Vegas
Lady Gaga (Enigma), Park Theater at Park MGM Las Vegas
Best Non-Music Tour of the Year – Recognizing the best of family shows, sporting events, etc. (Box Office Weighted)
Baby Shark Live
Becoming: An Intimate Conversation With Michelle Obama
Disney Junior Dance Party
Dude Perfect
Jurassic World Live Tour
Paw Patrol Live
Best New Headliner – Recognizing the Act in their first years of headlining that achieved a significant breakthrough in 2019 through memorable performances, fan engagement, and box office success.
Billie Eilish
Greta Van Fleet
Kacey Musgraves
Lizzo
Luke Combs
Maggie Rogers
Music Festival of the Year (US Only; over 30K attendance) – Recognizing the most artistically and commercially successful festival of the year in the US providing the most rewarding experience for fans and artists. (Box Office Weighted)
Austin City Limits Music Festival, Austin, Texas
Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Manchester, Tenn.
BottleRock Napa Valley , Napa, Calif.
Coachella, Indio, Calif.
Lollapalooza , Chicago, Ill.
Outside Lands Music Festival, San Francisco, Calif.
Stagecoach California’s Country Music Festival, Indio, Calif.
Music Festival of The Year (US Only; under 30K attendance) – Recognizing the most artistically and commercially successful festival of the year in the US providing the most rewarding experience for fans and artists. (Box Office Weighted)
Bourbon & Beyond, Louisville, Ky.
Forecastle Festival, Louisville, Ky.
The Hangout Beach, Music & Arts Festival, Gulf Shores, Ala.
Newport Folk Festival, Newport, R.I.
Ohana Festival, Dana Point, Calif.
Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, Franklin, Tenn.
Sea.Hear.Now Festival, Asbury Park, N.J.
International Music Festival of the Year – Recognizing the most artistically and commercially successful festival of the year outside of the US providing the most rewarding experience for fans and artists. (Box Office Weighted)
Glastonbury Festival, United Kingdom
Byron Bay Bluesfest, Australia
British Summer Time Hyde Park, United Kingdom
Isle Of Wight Festival, United Kingdom
Primavera Sound, Spain
Rock In Rio, Brazil
Nightclub of the Year – Recognizing the nightclub that showcased superior talent booking, effective promotion, quality production values and staff, an exemplary experience for fans and artists, and consistent box office success. (Box Office Weighted)
9:30 Club, Washington, D.C.
Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, N.Y.
First Avenue, Minneapolis, Minn.
Joe’s Bar, Chicago, Ill.
Troubadour , West Hollywood, Calif.
Webster Hall, New York, N.Y.
Theatre of the Year – Recognizing the theatre that showcased superior programming, effective promotion, quality production values and staff, an exemplary experience for fans and artists, and consistent box office success. (Box Office Weighted)
Beacon Theatre, New York, N.Y.
Fox Theatre, Detroit, Mich.
Fox Theatre, Atlanta, Ga.
Radio City Music Hall, New York, N.Y.
Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tenn.
The Anthem, Washington, D.C.
Arena of the Year – Recognizing the arena that showcased superior programming, effective promotion and marketing, quality production values and staff, an exemplary experience for fans and artists, and consistent box office success. (Box Office Weighted)
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.
BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla.
Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.
Madison Square Garden, New York City, N.Y.
Staples Center, Los Angeles, Calif.
The Forum, Inglewood, Calif.
Red Rocks Award – Outdoor Concert Venue of the Year – Recognizing the open-air venue that showcased superior programming, effective promotion and marketing, quality production values and staff, an exemplary experience for fans and artists, and consistent box office success. (Box Office Weighted)
Ascend Amphitheater, Nashville, Tenn.
Forest Hills Stadium, Queens, N.Y.
Gorge Amphitheatre, George, Wash.
Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, Calif.
Greek Theatre, Berkeley, Calif.
Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, Calif.
Best New Concert Venue – Recognizing the venue in its first year of operation or renovation that became an immediate must-play through superior programming, effective promotion and marketing, quality production values and staff, an exemplary experience for fans and artists, and consistent box office success. (Box Office Weighted)
Chase Center, San Francisco, Calif.
Frost Amphitheater, Palo Alto, Calif.
Mission Ballroom, Denver, Colo.
State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Ga.
The Fillmore, New Orleans, La.
Webster Hall, New York, N.Y.
International Venue of the Year – Recognizing the best venue outside of the United States. (Box Office Weighted)
Auditorio Nacional, Mexico
O2 Academy Brixton, United Kingdom
Royal Albert Hall, United Kingdom
The O2 Arena, United Kingdom
Wembley Stadium, United Kingdom
Ziggo Dome, Netherlands
Venue Executive of the Year – Recognizing the venue executive who exhibited integrity, operational competence, marketing savvy, can-do attitude, flexibility, calm under stress, and business acumen. (Box Office Weighted)
Casey Sparks, BOK Center
David Kells, Bridgestone Arena
Eric Bresler, Chase Center
Geni Lincoln, The Forum
Keith Sheldon, Barclays Center
Laurie Jacoby, Madison Square Garden
Raj Saha, Fiserv Forum
Talent Buyer of the Year – Recognizing the talent buyer whose artistic vision and commercial instincts led to packed houses and happy artists and fans.
Amy Corbin, C3 Presents
Charlie Goldstone, Frank Productions
Don Strasburg, AEG Rocky Mountain Presents
Jenn Yacoubian, Goldenvoice
Rich Best, Live Nation
Stacy Vee, Goldenvoice / Messina Touring Group
Small Venue Talent Buyer of the Year (Under 10,000 Capacity) – Recognizing the talent buyer whose artistic vision and commercial instincts led to packed houses and happy artists and fans.
Alexandra Maxwell, Live Nation
Danny Bell, Goldenvoice / AEG Presents
Donna Busch, Goldenvoice
Josh Moore, Bowery Presents
Melanie Cantwell, I.M.P.
Sonia Grover, First Avenue
Stacie George, Live Nation
Bill Graham Award / Promoter of the Year – Recognizing the best in concert promotion. Open to all top achievers regardless of company affiliation. (Box Office Weighted)
Brad Wavra, Live Nation
Darin Lashinsky, National Shows 2
Debra Rathwell, AEG Presents
Louis Messina, Messina Touring Group
Paul Tollett, Goldenvoice
Rick Franks, Live Nation
International Promoter of the Year – Recognizing outstanding achievement by the non-U.S.-based promoter who best staged shows and tours to overwhelming success at the box office and exceeding satisfaction for artists, fans and partners. (Box Office Weighted)
Barrie Marshall, Marshall Arts
Denis Desmond, Live Nation / Gaiety Investments (MCD Productions)
Michael Chugg, Chugg Entertainment
Michael Gudinski, Frontier Touring
Simon Jones, AEG Presents
Simon Moran, SJM Concerts
Bobby Brooks Award – Agent of the Year – Recognizing outstanding achievement by an agent in strategically setting up tours, crafting creative, rewarding deals, representing the artist in the best possible scenario across multiple platforms, and selling tickets. (Box Office Weighted)
Andrew Simon, CAA
Cheryl Paglierani , UTA
Jay Williams, WME
Jonathan Levine, Paradigm
Kirk Sommer, WME
Marty Diamond, Paradigm
Rick Roskin, CAA
International Booking Agent of the Year – Recognizing outstanding achievement by a non-U.S.- based agent in setting up tours, crafting creative, rewarding deals, representing the artist in the best possible scenario across multiple platforms, and selling tickets.
Alex Hardee, Paradigm
Emma Banks, CAA
John Giddings, Solo Agency
Lucy Dickins, WME
Mike Greek, CAA
Neil Warnock, UTA
Booking Agency of the Year – Recognizing outstanding achievement in representing a roster of artists while consistently providing rewarding opportunities, putting them in the best possible situations, and watching out for the artist’s best interests while ethically doing business.
APA
CAA
ICM Partners
Paradigm
UTA
WME
Independent Booking Agency of the Year (Global) – Recognizing outstanding achievement in representing a roster of artists while consistently providing rewarding opportunities, putting them in the best possible situations, and watching out for the artist’s best interests while ethically doing business.
Artist Group International
ATC Live
The Billions Corporation
Ground Control Touring
High Road Touring
Primary Talent International
Sound Talent Group
Rising Star Award – Recognizing the NextGen touring executive achieving outstanding success.
Andrew Saunders, Microsoft Theater/Staples Center
Brittanie Delava, AEG Presents
Colin Lewis, Live Nation
Jared Braverman, Live Nation
Sara Bollwinkel, Paradigm
Tara Traub, Live Nation
Personal Manager of the Year – Recognizing outstanding achievement in representation for a touring artist. (Box Office Weighted)
Coran Capshaw, Red Light Management
Jason Owen, Sandbox Entertainment
Jeffrey Azoff, Full Stop Management
John Silva, SAM
Roger Davies, RDWM
Stuart Camp, Grumpy Old Management
Road Warrior of the Year – Recognizing outstanding achievement by a Tour Manager, Production Manager or other Touring Professional (roadie) on a specific tour for 2019.
Brian Marquis (Billie Eilish, Finneas)
Gus Brandt (Foo Fighters, Pharrell Williams, NERD)
Jason Danter (U2, Madonna, Britney Spears)
Jerome Crooks (Tool, Nine Inch Nails)
Keith Keller (Drake, Iron Maiden, Chris Brown)
Marty Hom (Fleetwood Mac)
Transportation Company of the Year – Recognizing outstanding integrity, professionalism and creative achievement in coach, cargo or other transportation or logistic services for tour(s) in 2019.
Beat The Street Band & Crew Bussing
Hemphill Brothers Coach Co.
Pioneer Coach
Rock-It Cargo
Truck’N Roll
Upstaging
Best Concert Visuals – Recognizing outstanding integrity, professionalism and creative achievement in concert video, lighting, LEDs or other visual experiences for tour(s) in 2019.
Moo TV
Production Resource Group
Silent House Productions
Solotech
TrasK House
Upstage Video
Best Concert Sound – Recognizing outstanding integrity, professionalism and creative achievement in concert sound experiences for tour(s) in 2019.

Clair Global
Eighth Day Sound
Production Resource Group
Sound Image

Marketing/PR Executive of the Year – Recognizing the highest achievement for the marketing or public relations executive related to the live performance industry.
Allison McGregor, CAA
Fran Curtis, Rogers & Cowan
Kate McMahon, Messina Touring Group
Kelly Strickland, Live Nation
Michele Bernstein, WME
Shannon Fitzgerald, CAA
Best Hang – The venue or event that was the most enjoyable to hang out due to staff, catering, on-site amenities or backstage culture.
Austin City Limits Music Festival, Austin, Texas
Coachella, Indio, Calif.
Forest Hills Stadium, Queens, N.Y.
Forum Club, Inglewood, Calif.
Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.
Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, Calif.
Best Person to Score a Dinner With – The person with whom having dinner can have the most impact on project, career, or status.
Bob Roux, Live Nation
Coran Capshaw, Red Light Management
Gerry Barad, Live Nation
Irving Azoff, The Azoff Company
Michael Rapino, Live Nation
Rob Light, CAA
The Wall – The person least likely to cave on agreed-upon terms.
Aaron Pinkus, Paradigm
Don Fox , Beaver Productions
Gerry Barad, Live Nation
Irving Azoff, The Azoff Company
Kirk Sommer , WME
Michael Belkin, Live Nation
Life of the Party – The person you most enjoy seeing at the backstage hang or live event.
Dan Steinberg, Emporium Presents
Izvor Izzy Zivkovic, Split Second
Louis Messina, Messina Touring Group
Ron Delsener, Live Nation
Steve Strange, X-Ray Touring
Most Frequently Name-Dropped – The executive whose name is most frequently dropped by industry stakeholders to open doors, impress colleagues, or otherwise facilitate business.
Coran Capshaw, Red Light Management
Irving Azoff, The Azoff Company
Marc Geiger, WME
Michael Rapino, Live Nation
Rob Light, CAA
Scooter Braun, SB Projects