Elton John Wins Major Tour Of The Year At Pollstar Awards, Thanks Agent Of 50 Years And Has Advice For The Industry

Elton John
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– Elton John
Pollstar Awards

The Pollstar Awards got a heaping helping of some royal touring star power when Sir Elton John himself delighted the crowd to accept his award for Major Tour Of The Year, acknowledging the importance of the concert industry, thanking his agent of 50 years and vowing to win the award again next year.

After explaining that he had just flew in from New Zealand making tonight his “second Thursday” after attending an Oscars party to pick up the award, Sir Elton added to roaring approval, “I’m very competitive so I want to win the fucking thing next year as well.”
“In all seriousness, when I played The Troubadour in 1970, I had an agent in Howard Rose who’s still my agent,” John said at the Beverly Hilton Hotel to cap off the 31st annual Pollstar Awards. “I think that’s pretty amazing, 50 years. He’s guided through a mine field and made my career interesting.” 

Elton John
– Elton John
Pollstar Awards
Sir Elton, whose Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour continues into December, had some sincere advice to those in the room, a notoriously jaded industry crowd that rose to its feet in reverence for the one and only Captain Fantastic. 
“What I want now to say those who manage people who are young is don’t put them in big arenas too soon,” he said, adding that if he were Lewis Capaldi’s manager, he wouldn’t put him into arenas just yet, “make it interesting.”
“To have a career as long as I have, A you have to a bit of talent and B, you have to have people who think behind the scenes, like all you people out there tonight,” John added. “You’re the people who arrange for your artist to be on tour, you book them and advise them. I’ve had such great advice and that’s why I’ve lasted so long I think. 
“Plus the fact I love what I do, and I’m very lucky to be able to do what I do,” John said, thanking tour promoter AEG and saying “to win this award is very special.”
Other winners included Madison Square Garden, Messina Touring Group’s Louis Messina, Paradigm’s Marty Diamond, Red Light Management’s Coran Capshaw, The Rolling Stones, Billie Eilish and Sebastian Maniscalco, who took the stage to pick up the award for Comedy Tour Of The Year.
Full awards winners list:
Major Tour of the Year (Box Office Weighted) 
Elton John, Farewell Yellow Brick Road 
Best Rock Tour (Box Office Weighted) 
The Rolling Stones, No Filter Tour 
Best Hip-Hop/R&B Tour
 (Box Office Weighted) 
Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys Tour, Runaway Tour 
Best Pop Tour 
(Box Office Weighted) 
Pink, Beautiful Trauma World Tour 
Best Country Tour
(Box Office Weighted)
Kacey Musgraves, Oh, What A World Tour (I & II)
Best Latin Tour
 (Box Office Weighted)
 Jennifer Lopez, It’s My Party: The Live Celebration
Comedy Tour of the Year
Box Office Weighted)
Sebastian Maniscalco, Stay Hungry Tour, You Bother Me Tour
Best Support/Special Guest Act
Joan Jett for Heart (Love Alive Tour)
Best Residency
(Box Office Weighted)
Billy Joel, Madison Square Garden
Best Non-Music Tour of the Year 
(Box Office Weighted)
Becoming: An Intimate Conversation With Michelle Obama
Best New Headliner
Billie Eilish
Music Festival of The Year (Over 30K attendance)  (US Only)
Box Office Weighted
Austin City Limits Music Festival, Austin, Texas
Music Festival of The Year (Under 30K attendance)  (US Only)
(Box Office Weighted) 
Newport Folk Festival, Newport, R.I.
International Music Festival of The Year 
(Box Office Weighted)
Glastonbury Festival, United Kingdom
Nightclub of the Year
(Box Office Weighted)
Troubadour , West Hollywood, Calif.
Theatre of the Year
(Box Office Weighted)
Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tenn.
Arena of the Year
(Box Office Weighted)
Madison Square Garden, New York City, N.Y.
Red Rocks Award – Outdoor Concert Venue of the Year 
 (Box Office Weighted)
Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, Calif.
Best New Concert Venue
(Box Office Weighted)
State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Ga.
International Venue of the Year 
(Box Office Weighted)
The O2 Arena, United Kingdom
Venue Executive of the Year
(Box Office Weighted)
Laurie Jacoby, Madison Square Garden
Talent Buyer of the Year 
 Stacy Vee, Goldenvoice / Messina Touring Group
Small Venue Talent Buyer of the Year (Under 10K Capacity)
Stacie George, Live Nation
Bill Graham Award / Promoter of the Year
(Box Office Weighted)
Louis Messina, Messina Touring Group
International Promoter of the Year 
(Box Office Weighted)
Barrie Marshall, Marshall Arts
Bobby Brooks Award – Agent of the Year 
 (Box Office Weighted)
Marty Diamond, Paradigm
International Booking Agent of the Year
Emma Banks, CAA
Booking Agency of the Year 
Independent Booking Agency of the Year (Global) 
 High Road Touring
Rising Star Award 
Sara Bollwinkel,  Paradigm
Personal Manager of the Year
 (Box Office Weighted)
Coran Capshaw, Red Light Management
Road Warrior of the Year 
Gus Brandt (Foo Fighters, Pharrell Williams, NERD)
Transportation Company of the Year 
 Rock-It Cargo
Best Concert Visuals
Moo TV
Best Concert Sound 
 Clair Global
Marketing/PR Executive of the Year 
 Kate McMahon, Messina Touring Group
Best Hang 
Austin City Limits Music Festival, Austin, Texas
Best Person to Score a Dinner With
Michael Rapino, Live Nation
The Wall (least likely to cave on agreed-upon terms._
Gerry Barad, Live Nation
Life of the Party
Ron Delsener, Live Nation 
Most Frequently Name-Dropped
Irving Azoff, The Azoff Company