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top the bill

To be the featured person in an event. Two professors from New York University are topping the bill at the conference on climate change this weekend. Up until now he's only been a supporting act, but he's going to top the bill for the first time next Saturday.
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top (or head) the bill

be the main performer or act in a show, play, etc.
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head/top the ˈbill

be the most important item or performer in a show, play, etc: Topping the bill tonight will be Robbie Williams.
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My dear," Harley said to Villa at the conclusion of one such singing, "it's fortunate for him that you are not an animal trainer, or, rather, I suppose, it would be better called 'trained animal show-woman'; for you'd be topping the bill in all the music-halls and vaudeville houses of the world.
Topping the bill during the June of that year was Hughie Green who some will remember for his Opportunity Knocks television show.
Quigg is excited about topping the bill at a big arena on home turf.
METRONOMY After topping the bill at the Field Day festival and performing on the Park Stage at Glastonbury, the electro-pop group from Devon have announced a tour for December.
I never thought I'd say that topping the bill on Sky Sports tonight is a netball match between England and Australia.
MAX Maxwell has been chosen to spearhead the bright new surge of support for boxing in Birmingham by topping the bill at the refurbished Digbeth Civic Hall - now called the HMV Civic Hall - on September 8.
LEGENDARY punk rocker Iggy Pop is topping the bill of the first ever Chester Rocks festival.
CLEVELAND Kickboxing Gym's first show of 2011 goes ahead at Marton Country Club a week on Sunday with Sam Reeve topping the bill in an EFKA European welterweight title fight.
The 73-year-old entertainer will be topping the bill at the Belgrade Theatre next year as part of the popular Mid Day Variety season.
Summary: Pop star Will Young is topping the bill at a fund-raising event for the Prince's Trust.
Ricky Tomlinson; Cilla Black - topping the bill as Fairy Godmother, in Cinderella
Hatton has always dreamed of topping the bill at the legendary venue, where New Yorker Malignaggi is also a big draw.
Lulu will be topping the bill on Sunday, July 6, at the free family concert in Bents Park, South Shields.
THERE'S no business like snow business and Euro 2008 is topping the bill at Ischgl, Austria.
But now the singers are topping the bill at a Royal Variety Performance in their home city of Cardiff on November 21.