No. 5 – Beyoncé

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No. 5
Decade Gross: $857,405,819

Tours: I Am… World Tour (2009-2010), The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour (2013-2014), On The Run Tour (2014; with Jay-Z), The Formation World Tour (2016), On The Run II Tour (2018; with Jay-Z)

The Team: Management: Parkwood Entertainment; Agency: ICM (2010-2015; worldwide); CAA (2015-present; worldwide)

“Beyoncé is a masterful performer but she also has her finger on the pulse of every beat that happens on that stage,” Steve Pamon, president and CEO of Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment, tells Pollstar. “She has chosen every dancer, understands the light cues and produces and rearranges the music for the live setting. She rehearses for months, so by the time the lights go down it is effortless. I don’t know anyone who works as hard as she does, deliberately and purposefully elevating her craft and contributing to the culture every single time. She manages to make the largest stadium show seem like an intimate theatre show by paying attention to every detail.” 

Millions witnessed Queen Bey’s excellence this decade firsthand via her solo outings and joint tours with husband Jay-Z – and via “Homecoming,” the film documenting her instantly legendary Coachella 2018 performances, which brought Beyoncé’s live prowess to anyone with an internet connection.