Lady Gaga wins "Major Tour of the Year" at Pollstar Awards
Lady Gaga's "The Monster Ball Tour" wins Major Tour of the Year at the 23rd annual Pollstar Awards
The 23rd annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards took place Friday night at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.
Coming together in one massive networking spectacular, the concert industry’s major players took advantage of our unlimited open bar, ate exotic foods and even made a few deals. Oh, and they honored their own as award winner after winner walked up to the podium to receive the plaque that will be treasured forever. Or sold on eBay, depending on our economy’s future.
So without any further delays or additional service charges, here are the Concert Industry Award winners for 2011.
Major Tour of the Year – Lady Gaga
Most Creative Stage Production – Roger Waters
Best New Touring Artist – Adele
Red Rocks Award for Small Outdoor Venue (non-touring) – Greek Theatre (Los Angeles, CA)
Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue – Hollywood Bowl (Los Angeles, CA)
Arena of the Year – Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
Theatre of the Year – Ryman Auditorium (Nashville, TN)
Nightclub of the Year – Bowery Ballroom (New York, NY)
Best New Major Concert Venue – Austin City Limits Live At The Moody Theater (Austin, TX)
Facility Executive of the Year – John Bolton (BOK Center, Tulsa, OK)
Major Music Festival of the Year (non-touring) – Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (Indio, CA)
Music Festival of the Year (non-touring) – The Hangout Music and Beach Festival (Gulf Shores, AL)
Bobby Brooks Award for Agent of the Year – Jonathan Levine (Paradigm)
Third Coast Booking Agent of the Year – Scott Clayton (Creative Artists Agency)
Independent Booking Agency of the Year – The Windish Agency
Booking Agency of the Year – Creative Artists Agency
Personal Manager of the Year – John Silva (Foo Fighters, Beck, Ryan Adams)
Road Warrior of the Year –Gus Brandt (Foo Fighters, Blink-182)
Bill Graham Award for Promoter of the Year – Louis Messina (The Messina Group)
Talent Buyer of the Year – Don Strasburg (AEG Live)
Nightclub Talent Buyer of the Year – Lesley Olenik (Club Nokia, Los Angeles, CA, Fox Theater, Pomona, CA)
Lighting Company of the Year –Upstaging
Sound Company of the Year – Clair
Staging or Equipment Company of the Year – All Access Staging & Productions
Transportation Company of the Year – Rock-It Cargo
Video Company of the Year – Moo TV
UK Booking Agent of the Year – Neil Warnock (The Agency Group)
International Promoter of the Year – Barrie Marshall (Marshall Arts)
International Music Festival of the Year – Glastonbury Festival (UK)
International Venue of the Year – The O2 (London, UK)
Monster Ball was a commercial success, with sold-out shows and demand for tickets prompting organizers to add more dates to the itinerary. It ultimately grossed a total of US $227.4 million, from 200 reported shows, drawing an estimated audience of 2.5 million. The Monster Ball Tour became the highest-grossing tour by a debut headlining artist, and one of the highest grossing tours of all time. At the 2010 Billboard Touring Awards, Gaga won the Breakthrough Performer Award, as well as the Concert Marketing & Promotion Award, the latter being an acknowledgment of her partnership with sponsor Virgin Mobile.
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