Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band and the Police are among the finalists for the 2008 Billboard Touring Awards, set for Nov. 20 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York.
All three of those tours are finalists for the top tour and top draw awards, which recognize the topgrossing and top ticket sellers, respectively. The awards are based on data reported to Billboard Boxscore from Oct. 1,2007, through Sept. 30, 2008.
Other finalists include Kenny Chesney's Poets & Pirates tour, Journey/Heart/Cheap Trick, and Mary J. BligelJay-Z with the-Dream for top package and Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers and Michael Buble for breakthrough artist. The latter award acknowledges the top-grossing act that breaks into the top 25 tours for the first time.
Top festival finalists are Coachella in Indio, Calif.; Lollapalooza in Chicago; and Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tenn. The top boxscore finalists -for the top-grossing engagement -are Spice Girls at the 02 in London, Madonna at Stade de France in Paris and Celine Dion at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
On the industry side, Live Nation, AEG Live and 3A Entertainment are finalists for the top promoter award, and the William Morris Agency, Creative Artists Agency and Artists Group International are the three finalists for top agency. Top manager finalists are Jon Landau Management, Bon Jovi Management and Front Line Management. Venue finalists in various categories include Madison Square Garden, the Wa Mu Theater at MSG and Radio City Music Hall - all in New York - along with the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the 02, Bell Centre, Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City, the Tampa Bay (Fla.) Performing Arts Center and the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. Top club and top amphitheater will also be awarded.
Special award winners this year include Widespread Panic for the Road Warrior award, Jon Bon Jovi and the Philadelphia Soul arena football team for the Humanitarian award, "Walking With Dinosaurs" for the Creative Content award and the Allman Brothers Band for the Legend of Live award. The awards wrap the Nov. 19-20 conference.
For a complete listing offinalists, go to billboard.biz.