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Mojo honours Beatle and Beach Boy

 
 
 
 
Mojo honours Beatle and Beach Boy

A Beatle and a Beach Boy have both been honoured at a music awards show.

Ringo Starr picked up the icon award at music magazine Mojo's annual awards, while Brian Wilson was inducted into its Hall of Fame.

Starr told the crowd: "There is not a lot I can say. I'm still doing what I love to do and I've just finished a tour. Just got back from Vienna where I could use the line, finally I could say that phrase Goodnight Vienna."

Former Crowded House frontman Neil Finn introduced Wilson and told the audience he could "summon up the sound of pure joy" in his music.

The former Beach Boy was greeted by a standing ovation by the crowd. Quoting one of his own songs, he said: "I'd like to thank England for being so supportive of me throughout my career. God only knows where I'd be without you."

Gongs were also handed out to synthpop pioneer Gary Numan, who was given the Inspiration Award, and folk-rocker Donovan, who was given the Maverick Award. Other winners at the awards, formally known as the Glenfiddich Mojo Honours List 2011, included Primal Scream, soul singer Eddie Floyd and Public Image Ltd.

The band, fronted by former Sex Pistol John Lydon, picked up the award for Outstanding Contribution To Music.

Accepting his award, Lydon criticised record companies who he said had left him "bankrupt" and ended his speech by telling the audience: "England, do not give up. England, we are the best country in the world in music."

Motown star Martha Reeves was given the award for Outstanding Contribution To Music. The 70-year-old burst into an impromptu version of her 1967 hit Jimmy Mack, before telling the audience: "Music keeps me young. I love it."

Rumer won the Breakthrough Award but was beaten to the Best Album award by Arctic Monkeys who won it for their fourth album Suck It And See. Grinderman's Heathen Child was named Song Of The Year while American singer John Grant won the Best Live Act Award.

 

Source: music.uk.msn.com
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