Billboard Live Music Awards: Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Beyonce Among Nominees

12:31 PM 10/17/2018

by Billboard Staff

Hosted by comedian Roy Wood Jr. and taking place at the Montage in Beverly Hills on Nov. 13, this year’s awards will honor John Mayer, Shawn Mendes, Kevin Lyman and Chip Hooper, among others.

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Billboard has announced the nominees for this year’s Billboard Live Music Awards, honoring the top tours, festivals, venues and executives and touring artists in music. The awards take place the first night of the Billboard Live Music Summit on Nov. 13. at the Montage in Beverly Hills.

Comedian Roy Wood Jr. from The Daily Show With Trevor Noah will host this year's Billboard Live Music Awards, bringing his “charismatic crankiness” to the star-studded evening, which includes top honors for John Mayer, who is accepting the Legend of Live award; Shawn Mendes, who is accepting Billboard’s first-ever Artist of the Year award; and Sebastian Maniscalco, who is accepting Billboard’s first-ever Comedian of the Year award. Known for his thought-provoking humor, Wood is also the host of Comedy Central story-telling series This Is Not Happening and in 2017 released the critically acclaimed one-hour stand-up special Father Figure. His second Comedy Central one-hour special, No One Loves You, will premiere at the beginning of 2019.

Billboard has created a new award honoring industry pioneer Chip Hooper. Developed in association with Hooper’s family and Paradigm, the Chip Hooper Award will be presented to a rising star in music. The nominees for the inaugural award are Kelly Stelbasky with Live Nation, Brittanie Delava with AEG, Rebeca Leon from Lionfish Management, Jeff Krones with CAA and Alicia Karlin at Madison House Presents. A special jury compromising Billboard editorial staff, Paradigm agents, music industry executives and friends and family of Chip Hooper will vote to determine this year’s winner, who will be announced at the awards.

Billboard also will present Kevin Lyman from the Kevin Lyman Group with Billboard’s Humanitarian Award for the work he has done with FEND, an anti-opioid mobile phone app that uses gamification to teach young people about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs. Through activations like last year’s Warped Tour and cutting-edge apparel, FEND (Free Energy, No Drugs) encourages young people to check in, learn about the dangers of opioid use, earn points and win prizes.

A full list of nominees follows.

  • Breakthrough Artist


    Cardi B

    Post Malone

  • Top World Tour

    Beyonce & Jay-Z

    Ed Sheeran

    Taylor Swift

  • Top U.S. Tour

    Beyonce & Jay-Z

    Ed Sheeran

    Taylor Swift

  • Top Draw

    Beyonce & Jay-Z

    Ed Sheeran

    Taylor Swift

  • Top Comedy Tour

    Kevin Hart

    Sebastian Maniscalco

    Chris Rock

  • Top Festival

    Life is Beautiful Festival

    Lollapalooza Brazil

    Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival

  • Top Agency




  • Concert Marketing and Promotion

    Travis Scott x Red Bull, Lyft, Snapchat + American Express for the “ASTROWORLD”

    Album & Tour Launch

    Marshmello x Bumble

    Khalid x Hollister

  • Top Manager

    Andrew Gertler

    Sharon Osbourne

    Dre London

  • Top Arena

    The Forum, Inglewood, Calif.

    Madison Square Garden, New York

    O2 Arena, London

  • Top Venue

    Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City

    Radio City Music Hall, New York

    Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas

  • Top Venue

    The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

    Fox Theatre, Atlanta

    Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis

  • Top Club

    9:30 Club, Washington, D.C.

    Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn

    The Showroom at the Flamingo, Las Vegas

  • Top Amphitheater

    Greek Theatre, Los Angeles

    Hearst Greek Theatre, Berkeley

    Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles

  • Top Promoters AEG


    Touring Group

    Live Nation

  • Top Independent Promoter

    Another Planet Entertainment


    T4F-Time For Fun

  • Top Boxscore

    Ed Sheeran
    Wembley Stadium, London
    June 14 – 17, 2018 (4 shows)

    Taylor Swift
    MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
    July 20 – 22, 2018 (2 shows)

    Estadio do Morumbi, Sao Paolo, Brazil
    Oct. 19 – 25, 2018 (4 shows)