Ian Anderson, Jon Anderson, Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hillage, Rick Wakeman and Roger Waters will vie for the title of ‘Prog God’ in the first annual Progressive Music Awards, to be held this September in London. Sponsored by Prog Magazine, the ceremony will also include lifetime achievement recognition for a list of nominees that includes Emerson Lake and Palmer, Genesis, Jethro Tull, Moody Blues, Pink Floyd, Van der Graaf Generator and Yes.
Album of the year nominees include: Anathema – Weather Systems; It Bites – Map Of The Past; Nightwish – Imaginaerum; Opeth – Heritage; Rush – Clockwork Angels; Storm Corrosion – Storm Corrosion; and Yes – Fly From Here.
Nods for the “Anthem” award, which recognizes the song of the year, were given to: Arena – One Last Au Revoir; Crippled Black Phoenix – Laying Traps; It Bites – The Last Escape; Karmakanic – Turn It Up; Panic Room – Song For Tomorrow; Steven Wilson – Raider II; and Squackett – A Life Within A Day.
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Steve Wilson leads all others with five nominations, while Steve Hackett and Ian Anderson both have four nods. Fan can vote at http://awards.progrockmag.com/ in five of the evening’s categories, including New Blood, Live Event, Anthem, Album of the Year and Grand Design.
“These awards have been a long time coming,” says Prog editor Jerry Ewing. “But certainly when one considers the enormous amount of success that progressive artists have garnered over the past four decades, and perhaps more importantly the enjoyment they have given millions of fans over the years, it’s only right we give something back to the musicians themselves — and given the buoyancy of the genre in recent years, we felt that the time was certainly right.”
Here are the remaining categories and nominees …
NEW BLOOD (best new artist): TesseracT; Gazpacho; Von Hertzen Brothers; Headspace; The Reasoning; Haken; Touchstone
LIVE EVENT: Ian Anderson – Thick As A Brick tour; Summer’s End Festival; Opeth – Brixton Academy; Steve Hackett – ChildLine Rocks Charity Show, Islington Assembly Rooms; Steven Wilson – Shepherd’s Bush Empire; Marillion – Forum/US Tour; Anathema – Union Chapel/Koko
GRAND DESIGN (reissues): Pink Floyd – Immersion Reissues; King Crimson – Panegyric Reissues; Peter Gabriel – New Blood Deluxe Edition; Steven Wilson – Grace For Drowning Deluxe Edition; Rush – Sectors Box Sets; Jethro Tull – Aqualung 40th Anniversary Special Edition; Tangerine Dream – Zeit Box Set
VIRTUOSO (best musician): Mike Portnoy (Flying Colors); John Petrucci (Dream Theater); John Mitchell (It Bites/Arena); Nick Beggs (Steve Hackett/Steven Wilson); Rob Reed (Magenta); Carl Palmer (ELP/Asia); Roine Stolt (Flower Kings/Transatlantic)
VISIONARY: Hawkwind; Kraftwerk; Radiohead; Muse; Can; Peter Hammill; Kate Bush
GUIDING LIGHT: Mikael Akerfeldt; Matt Bellamy; Robert Fripp; Steve Hackett; Mike Portnoy; Steven Wilson; Fish
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