On Tuesday night (Nov. 5), the Billboard Live Music Summit belonged to P!nk.
The pop icon graced the Montage Beverly Hills on Tuesday night (Nov. 5) to accept the award for Legend of Live + Tour of the Year, awarded on the basis of her top-grossing 2018/2019 Beautiful Trauma World Tour. Clad in a hot pink suit, the singer took the stage to deliver a heartfelt speech that paid tribute to her longtime manager Roger Davies.
“Roger is a master of connection. He is a visionary. He is brilliant and he is good,” she said. “He met me when I was 21 and Missundaztood was about to come out…he listened to my ideas and he listened to my plans. And then he sat me down and said, ‘You’re fucking crazy. But it can be even better than you think. You just have to trust and work really f—ing hard.’ And he convinced promoters such as one of the loves of my life, Barrie Marshall, to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars on me — sorry — which would be made back 10 to 15 years later.”
It’s safe to say that Marshall’s bet paid off. The Beautiful Trauma World Tour now ranks as the 10th highest-grossing tour in Billboard Boxscore’s history with total grosses of $393.7 million and over three million tickets sold. As Billboard editorial director Hannah Karp pointed out in her opening remarks, Beautiful Trauma is also the highest-grossing tour for a female artist in more than a decade.
“Every single person on this team is as good as it gets,” P!nk continued. “And they work their asses off and they are masters of their craft. I know my riggers’ wives’ names. I know what my sound guys like to drink, and when. Everybody that’s here, I love you so much, you’re the best of the f—ing best.”