Kenny Chesney, who just announced new stadium dates for 2013’s No Shoes Nation concert outing, collected the top prize in the “Top Package” category of the Billboard Touring Awards last night for his 2012 Brothers of the Sun Tour.
According to a Nov. 9 missive from Chesney’s PR camp, the football-lovin’ singer was honored with the “Top Package” honor for the year’s top-grossing tour with three or more artists on the bill and the “Road Warrior” prize, which celebrates “uncommon work ethic, professionalism and artistic integrity on the road.”
The Nov. 8 event, which was held at New York City’s Roosevelt Hotel, marked Chesney’s seventh “Top Package” and ninth Billboard Touring award overall. And 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 (Waddell) as more than a journalist. He’s truly passionate about what he does.”
As for the record-breaking Brothers of the Sun tour event, which hit the $100 million mark, it also featured co-headliner Tim McGraw, along with openers Jake Owen and Grace Potter & the Nocturnals.
In addition to Chesney, Bruce Springsteen also earned a Billboard award for tour dominance in 2012. As evidence, he took home last night’s “Top Draw” honor in recognition of the year’s top ticket-selling tour; namely, his Wrecking Ball world tour that continues in the U.S. through Dec. 6. (Both the Forbes-worthy Chesney and Springsteen’s Billboard Touring trophies were based primarily on numbers reported to Billboard Boxscore.)
“It was ironic that before I came up here they had ‘Dancing In The Dark’ playing,” Chesney told the crowd at The Roosevelt Hotel. “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.”
Beyond Chesney, two other country act’s, Lady Antebellum and the aforementioned Big Machine recording artist McGraw, also collected awards at the Billboard shindig. The Lady Antebellum trio’s won the “Breakthrough Award” for the act’s Own the Night Tour, which headed to Europe and Australia in 2012, and McGraw and Pennzoil’s “Long Love Cars” campaign took top honors in the “Concert Marketing & Promotion” category.
“We count this tour as one of our proudest accomplishments,” Lady A’s Dave Haywood said via a Nov. 9 press release. “It’s a huge honor, and a responsibility to our genre, to travel around the globe representing country music.”