Kasabian 'honoured' by accolade
Rock group Kasabian will be hailed best band at the O2 Silver Clef Awards.
Tom Meighan, Sergio Pizzorno, Chris Edwards and Ian Matthews will receive their prize as Royal Albert Hall best band at the ceremony, in association with music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins, on July 3.
The group, who headlined Glastonbury in 2014, said in a statement: "We've admired Nordoff Robbins work for some years now and are honoured to be receiving the Royal Albert Hall best band award at the O2 Silver Clef Lunch. As musicians, it means a lot to us to be recognised by a charity which does such great work using music to help people."
Lucy Noble, director of events at the Royal Albert Hall, said: "We are thrilled that Kasabian have won this year's Royal Albert Hall Best Band award. I was lucky enough to see them perform at the Hall and their three shows here have been truly amazing, showing what an explosive, exciting and unique group they are."
Duran Duran, consisting of Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Roger Taylor, will be honoured with the Spotify Lifetime Achievement Award.
Their latest accolade follows in their previous prizes, which include two Grammy awards, two Brits and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The two newest winners will join James Bay (Jack Daniels' best newcomer), Jake Bugg (AEG Live best male), Rita Ora (Vevo Best Female), Mark Ronson (American Express innovation award), Primal Scream (Investec icon award), Iron Maiden (O2 Silver Clef award) and Il Divo (PPL classical award).
Arctic Monkeys, Ed Sheeran, Alt-J, Disclosure, Arcade Fire and Royal Blood are amongst the acts up for the best live act award, sponsored by Live Nation and Ticketmaster.
Music fans can vote for their favourite group online at www.nordoff-robbins.org.uk/BestLiveAct, text or social media to @NordoffRobbins1 before voting closes on June 18.
The winners will be celebrated at the annual star-studded lunch, to be held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London's Park Lane. The awards are celebrating their 40th anniversary.