Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Jimmy Page honoured at Mojo awards

Richard Thompson and Duane Eddy have been given recognition at the Mojo Honours

Jimmy Page, Duane Eddy and Richard Thompson have been honoured for their inspirational contribution at a major music awards event.

The guitar greats, each a master of rock and roll, were given recognition at the Mojo Honours at a ceremony in London.

Other major winners included Kasabian, whose track Fire was named song of the year, and Richard Hawley, who took the best album prize for Truelove's Gutter.

The event also saw the former chart act Teardrop Explodes come together for the first time in 28 years after falling apart acrimoniously.

And 21 years after the release of The Stone Roses' acclaimed debut was released, it was rewarded for its "classic album" status.

Former Led Zeppelin guitarist Page was inducted into the Mojo Hall Of Fame. Eddy was named Mojo Icon while Thompson took the magazine's Les Paul award, given to a guitar legend.

Keyboard player Jean Michel Jarre, who scored chart hits with his synthesiser instrumentals such as Oxygene IV, took the lifetime achievement award.

Former Soft Cell frontman Marc Almond was named Mojo Hero as he celebrates his 30th year as a singer this year. Almond achieved a run of hits with musical partner Dave Ball in the early 80s, such as Tainted Love and Bedsitter, before going solo with songs like Jacky and The Days Of Pearly Spencer.

Atmospheric Icelandic band Sigur Ros were rewarded for their outstanding contribution to music, while Roy Wood - who achieved chart success with The Move and Wizzard - was honoured as Classic Songwriter.

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