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Take That Silver Clef

Brian Wilson, Madness and Stereophonics also show up for prestigious award show
03 July 2009 - Following in the footsteps of Ozzy Osbourne, Morrissey and Paul McCartney, Take That scooped the Silver Clef Award today, winning it for the second time after a previous win in 1995.

The prestigious Silver Clef Awards, which have been running since 1976, took place in London this afternoon.

Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson picked up the Best International Act award and made a special appearance to receive it.

He also let 6 Music in on rough plans for his next album "We're going to try and do a rock and roll album. Something that will make people happy"'

"I think it's a great thing the music industry do support it, because it's an industry full of money grabbers!" La Roux on Nordoff-Robbins charity

All money raised goes to the Nordoff Robbins music therapy charity which specialises in working with children.

Electropop breakthrough act La Roux picked up the Best Newcomer gong, and she told 6 Music she's glad to be involved.

"It's pretty amazing. And it seems a shame it isn't supported by anything else except the music industry.

"I think it's a great thing the music industry do support it, because it's an industry full of money grabbers!"

Welsh band, The Stereophonics, also picked up an award for Best Band. They're currently working on their new album.

"We've been in the studio for the last 8 weeks so it's nice to get out of the bubble. We're pretty much finished."

"We've got 2 days left next week and hope to bring the album out in November. It's bigger and better and the songs are very very big songs".

Madness received the Icon Award for their musical achievements spanning more than 30 years.

Frontman Suggs said, "It's been a part of the firmament of the music business for as long as I can remember. It's a tremendously healing thing music and I should know - I'm half way there and back again myself.

"Without it I wouldn't be standing in front of you today so I'm very pleased to be doing something that helps kisds feel the pleasure of music."

On Madness' current run of gigs, he said: "We're on a bit of a high at the moment. I need to get off for a couple of days."

"We've been part time for the past 10 years and it's a but full on now. I'm getting a bit fed up with people congratulating me to be honest!"

Dino Sofos

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