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Harry Styles, Eagles, Rolling Stones, H.E.R., J. Cole Among Nominees for the 33rd Annual Pollstar Awards
Presented by Live Nation
Live Entertainment’s Foremost Awards for Set for Feb. 8 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA – Produced by Pollstar, the leading trade publication for the live entertainment industry, the 33rd Annual Pollstar Awards, Presented by Live Nation, will be held on Tues., Feb. 8 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Set in the middle of the Pollstar Live! conference, the world’s largest gathering for the live music industry, the Pollstar Awards honor and recognize the most successful artists, executives, venues, events and companies in the thriving global live entertainment business.
Following a year without significant touring activity, the 32nd awards honored performers of the decade. In 2022, Pollstar happily returns to a format of recognizing the most successful artists, venues and executives on both artistic and commercial levels, as fans returned to shows and once again cheered on their favorite artists and events live and in person.
Nominees for the 33rd Annual Pollstar Awards “Major Tour of the Year” include impressive outings by Eagles, Green Day/Weezer/Fall Out Boy, Harry Styles, James Taylor/Jackson Browne and the Rolling Stones. Additional touring categories include “Best Rock Tour,” “Best Hip-Hop Tour,” “Best R&B Tour,” “Best Pop Tour,” “Best Country Tour,” “Best Latin Tour” and “Best Comedy Tour” with nominees including J. Cole, Lil Baby, H.E.R., John Legend, BTS, Jonas Brothers, Maroon 5, Chris Stapleton, Luke Bryan, Marc Anthony and Pitbull, just to name a few. Other event/artist categories include “Comedy Tour of the Year” “Best Support/Special Guest Act,” “Best Residency,” “Best Family, Event or Non-Music Tour of the Year,” “Best New Headliner/Artist Development Story,” as well as the “Damn The Torpedoes: 2021 Touring Artist” award for the act that overcame obstacles and continued to perform in front of live audiences during a challenging year.
Venue and festival awards include “Music Festival of The Year” (for both more than and less than 30K attendance), “Nightclub of the Year,” “Theatre of the Year,” “Arena of the Year,” “Best New Concert Venue” and “International Venue of the Year.” The awards also honor venue executives, talent buyers, promoters, agents and agencies, talent managers, tour managers and more. Pollstar also celebrates the larger-than-life personalities and unique nature of the business via such irreverent categories as “Best Hang,” the venue or event that was the most enjoyable to hang out due to staff, catering, on-site amenities, or backstage culture; “Best Person to Score a Dinner With,” the person with whom having dinner can have the most impact on project, career, or status; and “Life of the Party,” the person you most enjoy seeing at the backstage hang or live event.
“The resilience of the touring business, the power and popularity of touring artists and the passion and devotion of fans were all on display again as live events came roaring back in 2021,” said Ray Waddell, president of OVG Media & Conferences, which produces Pollstar Live!, Production Live! and the Pollstar Awards. “Pollstar salutes the nominees for the 2022 Pollstar Awards, and all of the artists, fans and hardworking touring professionals who brought live back to our venues in 2021.”
Nominations for those actively involved with live performance in 2021 were submitted by the Pollstar Awards nominating committee made up of agents, promoters, managers, producers, production professionals, venue representatives, Pollstar Boxoffice reporters and other touring professionals.
Pollstar Live!, set for Mon., Feb. 7 through Wed., Feb. 9 at the Beverly Hilton, will once again address the live entertainment industry’s most pressing issues and opportunities as touring returns at full speed in the wake of the devastating global pandemic shutdown. The three days, beginning with Production Live! on Feb. 7, will host influencers, visionaries and thought leaders from all facets of live entertainment, from the most experienced, proven entrepreneurs and business leaders to the next generation of executives and those “in the trenches.” In addition to artist development through live events, meeting fan expectations and moving and staging shows successfully, Pollstar Live! and Production Live! will take on the prevalent concerns of the overall touring community today: sustainability, inclusivity, and safety. Through that lens, Pollstar Live! will address such topics as artist development, the performance economy, ticket sales, fan engagement, branding/sponsorships, technology and more over three days of panels, keynotes and networking.
Registration for Pollstar Live! 2022 is open now at https://pollstar.live/
Since its founding in 1981, Pollstar, The Voice of Live, has been the premier trade publication dedicated to covering the worldwide concert industry. Pollstar data is the leading resource for the touring industry encompassing box office numbers, routing and directories. Pollstar produces a weekly magazine, publishes daily content to Pollstar.com and its “Daily Pulse” e-newsletter and executes the world’s largest gathering of live music industry professionals – Pollstar Live! Follow Pollstar on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.
About Oak View Group (OVG)
Oak View Group (OVG) is a global sports and entertainment company founded by Tim Leiweke and Irving Azoff in 2015. OVG is focused on being a positive disruption to business as usual in the sports and live entertainment industry and currently has eight divisions across four global offices (Los Angeles, New York, London and Philadelphia). OVG is leading the redevelopment and operations of Climate Pledge Arena at Seattle Center, as well as leading arena development projects for UBS Arena in Belmont Park, NY; Moody Center in Austin, TX; New Arena in Coachella Valley, CA; and Co-op Live in Manchester, UK. OVG Global Partnerships, a division of OVG, is the sales and marketing arm responsible for selling across all OVG arena development projects. OVG Facilities, a division of OVG, is the facility management, booking, security and sanitization services arm that performs services for both OVG’s arena development projects and clients on a 3rd party basis. OVG Media & Conferences, a division of OVG, publishes Pollstar and VenuesNow, in addition to hosting live entertainment-centric conferences around the world. OVG’s Arena Alliance, a division of OVG, is a collection of the top 32 venues in North America that provides a platform for booking, content, and sponsorship sales opportunities. Learn more at OakViewGroup.com and follow OVG on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.