Lady Antebellum picked up the Breakthrough Award at the 2012 Billboard Touring Awards on November 8, taking the crown over fellow nominees Miranda Lambert and The Black Keys. The award goes to the highest grossing touring artist who cracks Billboard’s Boxscore recap for the first time in their careers based on ticket sales and other touring data. Though snowstorms and airport closures kept Lady A from attending the awards in New York City, they were thrilled nonetheless.
“Mother Nature wasn’t our friend this week…we would have loved to have been there to accept this in person,” Dave Haywood said. “We count this tour as one of our proudest accomplishments and want to thank our band, crew and all the fans around the world who came out to ‘Own The Night’ with us. It’s a huge honor, and a responsibility to our genre, to travel around the globe representing country music. We don’t take that lightly and really appreciate the recognition.”
The Breakthrough Award recognized Lady A’s Own The Night World Tour that wrapped in Australia last month with three sold out shows at Sydney’s Opera House. The tour kicked off in January and visited 11 countries on three continents, playing for more than one million fans. Previous winners of the Breakthrough Award include Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake and Jason Aldean.
Lady A will release a live concert DVD and Blu-ray, Own The Night World Tour, on December 4 in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Japan. The live film will include 90 minutes of performance from the Little Rock, Ark., stop of the World Tour in June, tour documentary footage and seven additional bonus cuts.
The trio will also perform a special Christmas concert at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center on December 3. The concert will air on GAC December 5 at 7p|6c with repeats throughout the holiday season.
Other country winners at the 2012 Billboard Touring Award include Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw’s Brothers of the Sun Tour for Top Package; Tim McGraw and Pennzoil for Concert Marketing & Promotion; and Kenny Chesney, who was named Road Warrior.