Harry Styles, Bad Bunny Among 2023 Pollstar Award Winners; Chappelle, Grohl & Henley Make Surprise Cameos

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Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl hugs it out with longtime manager John Silva of Silva Artist Management, who won the Personal Manager of the Year award at the Pollstar Awards Feb. 22, 2023.

The winning streak continues for British superstar Harry Styles. After claiming a Grammy for Album of the Year and Brit Award for British Artist of the Year, Styles added more honors to his mantle with three Pollstar Awards on Wednesday (Feb. 22).

While the pop superstar wasn’t in attendance to accept the trophies in person, other notable entertainment figures were present for the star-studded ceremony, which was hosted by Anjelah Johnson-Reyes. Comedian Dave Chappelle, Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and Eagles co-founder Don Henley surprised a crowd full of music industry professionals at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

Grohl brought everyone to their feet when he took the microphone on stage to boast about John Silva, who won the Personal Manager of the Year award, and commended the event for honoring live entertainment.

“I have to say there’s nothing like rooting for your local venue and getting fucked up with your lighting crew afterward,” said Grohl, who went on to share the story of how he and Silva, his manager, met in 1990.

“We realized that he was one of us, an avid record collector, a musicologist, and we knew that this person based all of his love of music and his business on integrity, which was something that was very important to us,” Grohl added. “And over the years we’ve had some incredible triumphs and some devastating crises, but the one thing that has kept us together over the years is love. … I truly believe that [Silva and I] are like family.”

Silva, who suffered a loss in his music family with the death of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, delivered an emotional speech accepting his award and dedicating it to friends, artists and families he has lost over his 40-year career.

“Losing an artist and a friend is not something I’d wish upon anyone,” he said.

Chappelle brought some levity and won the Comedy Tour of the Year honor and surprised the crowd by walking on stage to not only accept his honor but to pick up another Pollstar award he had previously won.

“Fantastic,” he said. “… After the fucking pandemic, I couldn’t tell you guys how much I missed being on the road with everyone. This last tour was very stressful. I just wanted everyone to know I’m glad that you’re back and stay strong and persevere and it only gets better and better.”

One of the highlights of the evening was the Milestone Award going to the legendary band Eagles, and drummer Don Henley joined the stage to accept the award.

“I appreciate this very much,” Henley said. “We are three shows into our 51st year as a band and touring entity — and feeling every one of them. But we feel very fortunate.”

Bad Bunny also had a big night with his “World’s Hottest Tour,” which won Latin Tour of the Year honors and the Dayum! Award, an honor recognizing the tour’s remarkable business. During his impressive run in 2022, Bad Bunny made nearly $435.3 million across two tours, including his 43-date stadium run with the World’s Hottest Tour, and surpassed Ed Sheeran as the highest all-time highest-grossing live entertainment act in a calendar year.

Coming off a Grammy win, Lizzo claimed the R&B Tour of the Year and other artists to claim awards included Billie Eilish (Pop Tour of the Year), Post Malone (Hip-Hop Tour of the Year), Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe (Rock Tour of the Year), Chris Stapleton (Country Tour of the Year) and Dua Lipa (New Headliner of the Year).

The venues recognized by Pollstar were Bridgestone Arena (Arena of the Year), Ryman Auditorium (Theatre of the Year), Hollywood Bowl (Red Rocks Award — Outdoor Concert Venue of the Year) and Moody Center (New Concert Venue of the Year).

Major Tour of the Year
Harry Styles, Love on Tour

Rock Tour of the Year
Def Leppard/Mötley Crüe, The Stadium Tour

Hip-Hop Tour of the Year
Post Malone, Twelve Carat Tour

R&B Tour of the Year
Lizzo, The Special Tour

Pop Tour of the Year
Billie Eilish, Happier Than Ever, The World Tour

Country Tour of the Year
Chris Stapleton, All-American Road Show Tour

Latin Tour of the Year
Bad Bunny, World’s Hottest Tour

Comedy Tour of the Year
Dave Chappelle

Support/Special Guest Act of the Year
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Def Leppard/Mötley Crüe

Residency of the Year
Harry Styles, Madison Square Garden, New York

Family, Event or Non-Music Tour of the Year
Disney on Ice

New Headliner of the Year
Dua Lipa

Music Festival of the Year (Global; over 30K attendance)
Austin City Limits Music Festival, Austin, Texas

Music Festival of the Year (Global; under 30K attendance)
Newport Folk Festival, Newport, Rhode Island

International Music Festival of the Year
Glastonbury Festival, United Kingdom

Nightclub of the Year
Exit/In, Nashville, Tennessee

Theatre of the Year
Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee

Arena of the Year
Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee

Red Rocks Award — Outdoor Concert Venue of the Year
Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, California

New Concert Venue of the Year
Moody Center, Austin, Texas

International Venue of the Year
The O2, United Kingdom

Venue Executive of the Year
Josephine Vaccarello, Madison Square Garden

Talent Buyer of the Year
Amy Corbin, C3 Presents

Small Venue Talent Buyer of the Year
Molly Warren, Live Nation

Bill Graham Award — Promoter of the Year
Louis Messina, Messina Touring Group

International Promoter of the Year
Arthur Fogel, Live Nation Global Touring

Bobby Brooks Award — Agent of the Year
Adam Kornfeld, Artist Group International

International Booking Agent of the Year
Emma Banks, Creative Artists Agency

Booking Agency of the Year
Creative Artists Agency

Independent Booking Agency of the Year (Global)
High Road Touring

Rising Star Award
Austin Neal, The Neal Agency

Personal Manager of the Year
John Silva, Silva Artist Management

Road Warrior of the Year
Dale “Opie” Skjerseth, The Rolling Stones and Guns ’N Roses

Transportation Company of the Year
Rock-it Cargo

Concert Visuals Company of the Year
Bandit Lites

Concert Sound Company of the Year
Clair Global

Thank You, Can I Have Another? Award
Austin City Limits

Brand Partnership/Live Campaign of the Year
Everytown for Gun Safety/Harry Styles

Marketing/PR Executive of the Year
Allison McGregor, Creative Artists Agency

WhizBang Award
Coldplay, Music of the Spheres World Tour

Best Hang
Austin City Limits Music Festival, Austin, Texas

The Irving Azoff Award: Best Person to Score a Dinner With
Michael Rapino, Live Nation

Life of the Party
Ron Delsener, Live Nation

The Per Cap Award
Harry Styles

The Dayum! Award
Bad Bunny, World’s Hottest Tour

Live Music is Better Award
Foo Fighters, Taylor Hawkins Tribute at the Kia Forum