Originally posted by vinole:
The award is called "Top Act" which I think represents the most successful (not critically the best) in a combination of record and concert sales.
Lady Gaga doesn't fare as well as you might think in concert tix. U2's 360 tour was the highest grossing of all time at $736M, and the Stones Bigger Bang is second at $591M. AC/DC Black Ice is third. Gaga is #16. Madonna (#4) and Celine Dion (#11) are both ahead of her in tour rankings. The biggest grossing tour for calendar 2010 was Bon Jovi.
Madonna and Celine Dion have both sold more albums world wide all time than U2 or the Stones. Only the Beatles, Elvis, and Michael Jackson have sold more than Madonna. I for one am glad that concert gross appears to have outweighed album sales in picking the winner as Madonna hit the scene about the same time as U2 in the early 80's and so matches up well time wise.
that's not exactly fair vinole,
Lady gaga was a debut artist,
U2 never came close to touching lady gaga in terms of tix sales as a debut band.
Tho, time will tell if lady gaga will come out wiht 12 studio albums, 8 live albums, 9 compilation alubms, 56 singles, 8 EPs over 20 years.