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Wednesday 23 July 2014

Bon Jovi win big at US tour awards

Bon Jovi won top honours at the Billboard Touring Awards

Bon Jovi were the biggest winners at the 2013 Billboard Touring Awards, as they took home three of the prizes.

The New Jersey rock band, led by frontman Jon Bon Jovi, scooped the top tour award for their Because We Can global dates, which celebrates the top grossing tour.

The foursome also received the top draw gong and the Eventful fans' choice prize, which was chosen by fan "demands" at Eventful.com, reported Billboard.com.

In a pre-recorded video message, Jon Bon Jovi said: "This is our 30th year in the business, and to still have number one tours and number one albums is a real treat and a blessing. Thanks for all your support."

British boy band One Direction won the breakthrough award, while Taylor Swift received the top package gong for her Red tour, which honoured the top-grossing tour with three or more artists on the line-up. The arena tour featured surprise guest acts as Ed Sheeran, Cher Lloyd, Carly Simon and Tegan And Sara.

Pink thanked her Australian fans after she took home the award for top boxscore for her run at Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena, which banked over 30 million US dollars.

"It means the world to me, because touring is the only thing I care about. So thank you everyone in Melbourne that came to the shows that made me a winner," she said in a pre-recorded video.

London venue, the O2 Arena, was voted the top arena, while the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California was chosen as the top festival.

The 10th annual Billboard Touring Awards took place at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York.

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