Although winter storms and airport closures kept the group from traveling to New York City to accept in person last night, Grammy-winning country trio Lady Antebellum received Billboard’s “Breakthrough Award” at the 2012 Billboard Touring Awards for their headlining Own the Night 2012 World Tour. The trophy goes to the highest grossing touring artist who cracks Billboard’s Boxscore recap for the first time in their career based on tickets sales and other touring data. The all-genre category also included Miranda Lambert and The Black Keys, and the group joins previous winners including Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake and Jason Aldean.
“Mother Nature wasn't our friend this week…we would have loved to have been there to accept this in person,” Lady A's 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” recognizes the band's first world tour that wrapped last month in Australia with three sold out nights at Sydney’s Opera House. More than one million fans attended the tour that kicked off in January and visited 11 countries on three continents.
In celebration of the tour, the trio also recently announced that they will release a live concert film titled Own the Night World Tour on Dec. 4 in the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Japan with additional worldwide release plans in 2013. Fans will be able to purchase the film in multiple formats including DVD, Blu-ray and will be available at all digital retailers. Distributed by Eagle Rock Entertainment, the live film includes 90 minutes of performance from the Little Rock, AR stop of the World Tour this past June, tour documentary footage and seven additional bonus cuts.