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Mojo Awards 2007
Iggy gets Lifetime Achievement18 June 07 - Amy Winehouse, Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne and The Good, The Bad and The Queen, all celebrated as they headed up the 2007 MOJO Honours List.
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Editor-in-Chief Phil Alexander hosted the event at The Brewery in London’s East End where Noel Gallagher, Nick Cave, Andrea Corr and Belinda Carlisle were among the many famous faces spotted in the audience.
The Mojo Honours List 2007 is dedicated to celebrating the big names in music and reflecting the best in new talent.
With a career spanning more than four decades and credited for the creation of ‘shock rock’ Alice Cooper was honoured as a MOJO Hero.
Phil Alexander paid tribute to him saying: “Like Wayne and Garth said in a certain movie, when it comes to Alice Cooper, truly “We are not worthy”! He’s a gentleman, a rocker and our hero.”
With worldwide solo album sales of more than 75million, another legend awarded on the night was Ozzy Osbourne. The ‘Prince of Darkness’ was presented with the revered Icon award by his hometown hero Roy Wood, “There are icons and there is Ozzy Osbourne! Even the Queen knows who he is…Long may he continue to reign!” said Phil Alexander.
Following in the footsteps of last year’s winner Sir Elton John, American rock band The Doors were inducted into the MOJO Hall Of Fame.
The Stooges won the Lifetime Achievement Award with Phil Alexander commenting: “You can call them the godfathers of punk, but their rhythmic approach is almost up there with the feel and groove of the late Mr James Brown – himself of course a recipient of this very award three years ago.”
Fresh from success at the Grammys for his newest compilation “Risin with the Blues”, Ike Turner flew in from America to pick up his Legend Award.
Members of the Marley Family were also in town to collect the Classic Album award on behalf of the late Bob Marley for his inspired album Exodus.
The greatest names and influences on modern music from across the globe were also represented at the showbiz bash, with Bjork taking the Inspiration Award for her diverse and distinctive music style and Nick Cave presenting Suicide with MOJOs Innovation In Sound.
Joy Division were also recognised for their Outstanding Contribution To Music.
"I've heard it's a well nasty slosh and everyone attempts to reach outer space" - Iggy Pop on GlastonburyRepresenting the very best new talent Amy Winehouse, who was voted Woman Of 2006, continues to prove she lives up to the hype by winning Song Of The Year for smash hit single “Rehab” taken from the internationally acclaimed, Back To Black. Phil Alexander said: “It seems fitting that Rehab would be the track to scoop this inaugural award in a category designed to recognise the rebirth of songwriting, largely because it’s nothing short of a modern day classic.”
She was beaten to Best Album however by the unnamed gold-selling debut release from alternative rock band The Good, The Bad and The Queen - a collaboration between Damon Albarn (Blur and Gorillaz), Paul Simonon (The Clash), Simon Tong (The Verve) and Tony Allen (Fela Kuti). Canadian Indie-rockers Arcade Fire won the coveted Best Live Act category, music to the ears of fans who have already booked tickets to see them perform at this year’s T in The Park and Oxygen festivals.
One-man band Seasick Steve won the Breakthrough Act, having already won over a legion of famous fans that include Robert Plant, Nick Cave and Jools Holland.
Noel Gallagher made an appearance on stage to present Peter Green with the Les Paul Award while Phil and Saunders from The Twang gave the Cult Hero award to inspirational UK guitar act The Only Ones.
Post-Punk group Echo & The Bunnymen won the Maverick Award while MOJO Vision gave praise to Slade.
Other artists celebrating on the night included Joe Boyd who took theCompilation Of The Year award, Kevin Rowland for theCatalogue Release Of The Year as well as Jac Holzman, acknowleged for playing a huge role in shaping the music industry with the MOJO medal.
Results in full:
6 Music's Song of the Year - Amy Winehouse 'Rehab'
Best Album - The Good, The Bad and The Queen
Best Live Act - Arcade Fire
Breakthrough Act - Seasick Steve
Hero - Alice Cooper
Icon - Ozzy Osbourne
Hall of Fame - The Doors
Lifetime Achievement - The Stooges
Legend - Ike Turner
Classic Album - Bob Marley 'Exodus'
Inspiration Award - Bjork
Innovation in Sound - Suicide
Outstanding Contribution to Music - Joy Division
Les Paul Award - Peter Green
Cult Hero Award - The Only Ones
Mojo Maverick - Echo and the Bunnymen
Mojo Vision - Slade
Compilation of the Year - Joe Boyd
Catalogue Release of the Year - Kevin Rowland
Mojo Medal - Jac Holzman