Kenny Chesney was honored at the annual Billboard Touring Awards, held in New York last night with the ‘Top Package’ Award for the year’s top-grossing tour with three or more artists on the bill (sales of his ‘Brothers of the Sun’ Tour hit $100 million) and the “Road Warrior” Award, celebrating uncommon work ethic, professionalism and artistic integrity on the road. The Award is based primarily on numbers reported to Billboard Boxscore. The night marked Chesney’s seventh “Top Package” and ninth Billboard Touring award overall. Chesney also presented Billboard’s Ray Waddell with the “Legend of the Scribe” award, honoring his 25 years of journalistic excellence in the touring industry and commenting, “we see him as more than a journalist, he’s truly passionate about what he does.” Chesney will kick off his ‘No Shoes Nation’ Tour, including 17 stadium dates, on March 16.
“It was ironic that before I came up here they had “Dancing In The Dark” playing,” Chesney said. “I have a lot of heroes that have busted down the door for guys like me that help me make music like I make it and tour like I tour, and Bruce is one of those.”
Lady Antebellum received Billboard’s “Breakthrough Award” for their headlining OWN THE NIGHT 2012 WORLD TOUR. “Mother Nature wasn’t our friend this week…we would have loved to have been there to accept this in person,” said Lady A’s Dave Haywood. “We count this tour as one of our proudest accomplishments and want to thank our band, crew and all the fans around the world who came out to ‘Own The Night’ with us. It’s a huge honor, and a responsibility to our genre, to travel around the globe representing country music. We don’t take that lightly and really appreciate the recognition.”
The “Breakthrough Award” recognizes the band’s first world tour that wrapped last month in Australia with three sold out nights at Sydney’s Opera House. More than one million fans attended the tour that kicked off in Jan. and visited 11 countries on three continents.