» Country Music Represents At Touring Awards Tonight
The 10th Annual Billboard Touring Awards have some country stars lined up for tonight’s big prizes. Finalists for the Top Package Award, which goes to the top-grossing tour with three or more artists on the bill, include Kenny Chesney’s No Shoes Nation tour with Eric Church, Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves and Taylor Swift’s RED Tour with Ed Sheeran featuring Joel Crouse, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line and Casey James. Kenny and Taylor’s treks are up against Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake’s Legends of Summer Tour in that category. But, they aren’t alone.
Luke Bryan is up for the Breakthrough Award recognizing an artist in their first decade of touring who cracked the top ranks of the top tours for the first time. Luke is up against Bruno Mars and One Direction in that category. And, George Strait will be the first country artist to be honored with the Legend Of Live Award. Beyond success at the box office, the Legend of Live Award recognizes professionalism and steadfast commitment to the art and craft of live performance and the fan experience at concerts. Previous honorees include Elton John, Journey and Neil Diamond.
The Billboard Touring Awards will be presented at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.