Tuesday, June 06, 2006

MO'WARDS MO'PROBLEMS

We're never entirely sure when the Mojo awards come round if they're a wrap-up or a opening: were these the last awards of the 2005 season or the first of the 2007 awards? Although being Mojo, some of the awards felt they were from 1985:

The MOJO Best New Act
The MOJO Best New Act Award supported by BBC 6 Music. Chosen by MOJO Magazine readers & Mojo4music.com users. Presented to an act who have made a significant impact over the last 18 months.
Presented by Tom Robinson
Winner: Corinne Bailey Rae
Tago

MOJO Classic Album
Sponsored by Rhino. Presented by MOJO to an artist responsible for a landmark release in the history of rock’n’roll. Presented by Jason Pierce
Winner: Can - Tago Mago

The MOJO Roots Award
Chosen by MOJO Magazine.
Presented by Richard Hawley
Winner: Dann Penn And Spooner Oldham

The MOJO Inspiration Award
The MOJO Inspiration Award sponsored by EMI Catalogue. Chosen by MOJO Magazine readers & Mojo4music.com users. Presented to an act that has been the catalyst for music fans and fellow musicians alike.
Presented by James Dean Bradfield
Winner: Buzzcocks

The MOJO Les Paul Award
Presented to a visionary performer on the guitar. Only innovators, genii and true legends of the string-driven thing need apply. Sponsored by Gibson.
Presented by Jeff Beck
Winner: Brian May

The MOJO Catalogue Release Of The Year
Cash Sponsored by HMV and presented by MOJO to the reissue that is both definitive and beautifully packaged.
Presented by Nick Cave
Winner: Johnny Cash - Legend (Sony BMG), collected by Roseanne Cash

The MOJO Vision Award
Sponsored by HMV and presented by MOJO to the best music DVD package of the year in recognition of visual innovation and impact.
Winner: The Flaming Lips - The Fearless Freaks: The Life And Times Of An American Invention? (High Coin)

The MOJO Merit Award
Chosen by MOJO Magazine
Presented by Beth Orton & Roy Harper
Winner: Bert Jansch

The MOJO Maverick Award
Chosen by MOJO Magazine
Presented by Bobby Gillespie
Winner: Jesus And Mary Chain

The MOJO Medal sponsored by Ford Transit
Chosen by MOJO Magazine
Presented by Vic Reeves
Winner: Jools Holland

The MOJO Hero
Chosen by MOJO Magazine
Presented by Don Letts
Winner: Prince Buster

The MOJO Songwriter Award
Voted for by MOJO readers and supported by MOJO Radio. Presented to an artist whose career has been defined by their ability to consistently pen classic material.
Presented by Mick Jones
Winner: Chrissie Hynde

The MOJO Icon Award
Voted for by MOJO readers and Mojo4music users, the recipient of this award has enjoyed a spectacular career on a global scale.
Presented by Phil Alexander
Winner: Scott Walker

The MOJO Hall Of Fame
Presented by MOJO to an act or solo star who is best described as “an artists’ artist”.
Winner: Elton John

The MOJO Lifetime Achievement Award
Presented by Phil Manzanera
Winner: David Gilmour


Perhaps the most notable of these awards (i.e. the one that isn't just going 'you're old, and great') is the one for Corinne Bailey-Rae. With the papers desperate to find some sort of online music creation, rather than the Sandi Thom approach, shouldn't they be focussing more on Rae, whose otherwise unnoticeable music got a strong, sustained push from Amazon, with some sort of live event being trailed for what felt like forever on their .co.uk homepage - surely, the first ever virtual instore appearance?


3 comments:

Billy said...

"Only innovators, genii and true legends of the string-driven thing need apply."

That says it all really. Idiots.

Paul said...

I can't really see what Billy is unhappy about. The awards are based on music past and present as covered in the magazine. If you don't read the magazine then it shouldn't matter to you. I am a reader and it's always a great read.

Doesn't Billy have a sense of humour about "Only innovators, genii and true legends of the string-driven thing need apply."
It made me laugh.

Paul

Chris Brown said...

OK, but:

Elton John "best described as an artist's artist"? What? He's a worldwide celebrity who sells millions of records.

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