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MOJO Award Winners

Duffy, The Specials and Paul Weller scoop awards at the MOJOs
16 June 2008 - The likes of Led Zeppelin, Neil Diamond, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Genesis were also amongst those crowned winners of the MOJO Awards 2008, which took place on Monday 16 June at The Brewery in London’s East End.

Paul Weller turned 50, had an unexpected comeback with his double album 22 Dreams which reached number one, and now the cherry on top of a successful year is the fact that the Modfather was presented with the MOJO Outstanding Contribution To Music Award.

Welsh female newcomer Duffy scooped the award for Song Of The Year with her hit Mercy but The Last Shadow Puppets - the Arctic Monkey’s frontman Alex Turner’s side project with The Rascals’ Miles Kane - beat her to the finish for Best Breakthrough Act.

One of the most prestigious awards is that of the Best Album Award, which went to Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds for their recent offering Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!.

The MOJO Awards is set apart from others because it honours both new musicians and those elder statesmen with extensive back catalogues.

This was evident with Motorhead, who have been around for more than three decades, scooping the Hero Award, while The Specials joined former winners Elton John and The Doors in the MOJO Hall Of Fame.

The Lifetime Achievement Award went to prog-rock legends Genesis with Irma Thomas coming to the UK especially to pick up her MOJO Legend Award.

It has been a good year for older bands coming back together.  My Bloody Valentine played their first gig in 16 years at the weekend and were presented with the Classic Album Award for their acclaimed album Loveless.

And they are not the only ones, the veteran legends Led Zeppelin joined forces in November 2007 to play a mammoth one off show at the 02 Arena - and have scooped the Best Live Act Award.

Other awards included the MOJO Icon Award, presented by Ian Brown, which went to the Sex Pistols and the Classic Songwriter Award, which went to Neil Diamond.

See the full list of MOJO winners below:

Song Of The Year – Duffy
Best Live Act – Led Zeppelin
Outstanding Contribution To Music – Paul Weller
Icon Award – Sex Pistols
Classic Songwriter – Neil Diamond
Best Breakthrough Act – The Last Shadow Puppets
Best Album Award – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
Hero Award – Motorhead
Hall Of Fame – The Specials
Lifetime Achievement Award – Genesis
Special Award - Judy Collins
Legend Award – Irma Thomas
Classic Album Award – My Bloody Valentine for Loveless
Inspiration Award - John Fogerty
Roots Award - Toots Hibbert
Les Paul Award - John Martyn
Maverick Award - Mark E Smith
Vision Award - Julien Temple for The Future Is Unwritten
Compilation Of The Year - Juno Original Soundtrack
Catalogue Release Of The Year - Pillows & Prayers Cherry Red Records 1981-1984

All of the winners at the Awards, which was hosted by MOJO magazine’s Editor-In-Chief Phil Alexander, were decided by readers of MOJO music magazine.

Stars also present at the ceremony included Dave Grohl, Kate Nash, Al Murray, Phill Jupitus and Graham Coxon.

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amazing can you imagine what award for led zep if they had done 7 gigs!!!!

Dave Cardiff
Well done to the specials about time too.

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