» The King of Country will be crowned with Billboard's highest accolade: George Strait will be honored with the Legend Of Live Award at the 10th annual Billboard Touring Awards, to be held Nov. 14th at The Roosevelt Hotel in New York. George Strait, The King of Country Music, currently has 60 #1 hits in a single chart format, more than any other recording artist including all genres of music. He has sold more than 70 million records, garnering him 33 different platinum or multi-platinum albums resulting in the most RIAA platinum certification in country music, and the third in all genres, behind only The Beatles and Elvis Presley. With new release "Love Is Everything"George currently has 86 top ten hits. George is the first act to hit the top 10 on Billboard for 32 straight years. » The King of Country will be crowned with Billboard's highest accolade: George Strait will be honored with the Legend Of Live Award at the 10th annual Billboard Touring Awards, to be held Nov. 14th at The Roosevelt Hotel in New York. Strait -- who has forged a reputation as a record-breaker -- becomes the first country artist to receive the trophy, which recognizes individuals or bands who've made lasting contributions to live music and the touring business. Beyond success at the box office, the honor rewards professionalism and steadfast commitment to the art and craft of live performance and the fan experience at concerts.
Strait says he's thrilled to be acknowledged for his contributions to live music. "There's nothing more rewarding than performing in front of a sold out, pumped-up, loud crowd," Strait notes. "That's what keeps us coming back. I love it." During his stellar career, Strait has sold more than 44.5 million records (according to Nielsen Soundscan), has 33 different platinum or multi-platinum albums to his name, and has landed a staggering 44 No. 1 songs on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart – more than any other artist in history.
The country superstar also remains the only artist across all genres to have a top ten hit every year for 30 years.
Strait is the only artist in Billboard's history to achieve top 10 singles in 32 consecutive years, from 1981 to 2013. The Top County Artists ranking is based on performance on the weekly Hot Country Songs and Top Country Albums charts.
Mr. Strait continues to set records and show the young guns how it's done, by being himself, and always with class.