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Find Out Who Helmed The Top Grossing Tours Of 2018
This has been a big year for big tours, with many of today's biggest artists raking in big revenue. But who brought in the most dough? As it turns out, Ed Sheeran tops Billboard's ranking of 2018's top-five tours ranked by gross. Having performed 99 shows, with attendance of more than 4.8 million in his audiences, Sheeran's tally is a towering $429 million total. The four-time GRAMMY winner added his latest wins earlier this year at the 60th GRAMMY Awards, with Best Pop Solo Performance for "Shape Of You" and Best Pop Vocal Album for ÷ (Divide).
Coming in second place on Billboard's list with 48 shows is Taylor Swift, who entertained 2.6 million in her audiences, taking away $315 million. Swift's career total of GRAMMY wins is 10 to date.
Third on the list is the power couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z—The Carters—whose On The Run II Tour had 48 performances with audiences of 2.1 million and a gross of $253 million. As of now, Beyoncé has one more GRAMMY win than Jay-Z. She has 22 and he has 21. Their single "Apes**t" and its music video is now the basis of a tour at the Louvre Museum.
Bruno Mars placed fourth, giving 100 performances for audiences totaling 1.9 million, with a gross of $237 million. His career GRAMMY wins of 11 include six from last year as he swept the categories he was nominated in. At the 60th GRAMMY Awards, the album 24K Magic and its single of the same name won Album Of The Year, Best R&B Album and Record Of The Year. Mars' "That's What I Like" won Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Song and Song Of The Year.
Fifth is P!nk, giving 88 performances for audiences of 1.2 million with a gross of $180 million. Pink is a three-time GRAMMY winner. Her most recent album is Oct. 2017's Beautiful Trauma. At this coming GRAMMY Week, she will perform at the MusiCares Person Of The Year gala honoring Dolly Parton.
For the casual music fan and industry enthusiast alike, there is something awesome about the scale of these numbers that is represented in the six GRAMMY winners above, themselves. The dollars, the audiences, the hard work and most of all the art are, taken together, tremendous accomplishments. Touring is an industry based on live music and many more capable performers ensure its vitality. But there is something to marvel at even in the top five alone.