Rotten accepted an award on behalf of the Sex Pistols, launching into a tirade about Britain: “Look at what Britain is becoming. You can’t drink, you can’t smoke” before calling the audience a “bunch of mellow piss wipes”, nice. My favourites The Specials came out to accept the Hall of Fame award and other notable musicians in attendance were Richard Hawley, Nick Cave and the kids from The Last Shadow Puppets.
Best dressed of the evening surely goes to Seasick Steve who stood out in his uniform of denim and braces. I usually wouldn’t advocate the crime of denim dream (i.e. denim jeans and jacket) but Steve has the natural charm to carry it off.
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Song Of The Year – Duffy, Mercy
Outstanding Contribution To Music – Paul Weller
Best Live Act – Led Zeppelin
Icon – Sex Pistols
Classic Songwriter – Neil Diamond
Best Breakthrough Act – Last Shadow Puppets
Best Album – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
Hero – Motorhead
Hall Of Fame – The Specials
Lifetime Achievement – Genesis
Special Award – Judy Collins
Legend – Irma Thomas
Classic Album – My Bloody Valentine, Loveless
Inspiration Award – John Fogerty
Roots Award – Toots Hibbert
Les Paul Award – John Martyn
Maverick Award – Mark E Smith
Vision Award – Julien Temple