Richard Thompson wins the Gibson-Sponsored Mojo Les Paul Award
The cream of the British Music Industry descended on The Brewery in London’s East End on Thursday, June 10 to celebrate the 2010 Mojo Honours List. The annual Mojo awards, overseen by Mojo magazine, is a highlight of the music calendar and it recognizes the great work and achievements of the world’s greatest artists from the early musical pioneers and innovators through to today’s contemporary bands.
Gibson Guitar proudly sponsored the prestigious Mojo Les Paul Award, now in its fifth year. Mojo Editor-in-Chief Phil Alexander introduced Spinal Tap rocker and The Simpsons voiceover star Harry Shearer to present the award to former Fairport Convention guitarist and folk-rock pioneer Richard Thompson. Richard gave an empowering speech expressing his deep respect for Les Paul and his pride in picking up the prestigious Mojo Les Paul Award.
Past recipients of the Mojo Les Paul Award are Jeff Beck, Peter Green, Billy Gibbons and Queen’s Brian May.
Backstage, during the awards ceremony, a Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Gold Top and a Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional (Ebony) were signed by all the Mojo winners and presenters including Jimmy Page, Richard Thompson, Duane Eddy, Roger Daltrey, Richard Hawley, Bill Nelson and Jean-Michel Jarre, to name a few. The Gibson Les Paul Standard Gold Top will be donated to the event’s charity, War Child, to be auctioned off to raise money for their amazing work they do for children in war zones around the world. The Gibson Les Paul Standard (Ebony) will be donated to The Gibson Foundation to raise money for the victims of the recent floods in Nashville.
Other winners on the night included Kasabian, who won song of the year for their single “Fire,” and The Low Anthem, who were named best breakthrough act. Richard Hawley was given the best album gong for “Truelove's Gutter,” while the evening also saw former chart act Teardrop Explodes come together for the first time in 28 years. Duane Eddy, known for his signature, twangy style on tracks such as “Peter Gunn,” was named Mojo Icon.
Keyboard player Jean-Michel Jarre, who scored chart hits with his synthesizer instrumentals such as “Oxygene IV,” took the lifetime achievement award. Former Soft Cell frontman Marc Almond was named Mojo Hero in his 30th year as a singer. 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 including “Jacky” and “The Days of Pearly Spencer.”
Icelandic band Sigur Ros were rewarded for their outstanding contribution to music, while Roy Wood who achieved chart success with The Move and Wizard was honored as a Classic Songwriter. Space-rock veterans Hawkwind, whose career has lasted more than 40 years, were named Mojo Mavericks. Ending the evening, Kasabian inducted Led Zeppelin guitar legend Jimmy Page into the exclusive Mojo Hall of Fame.
Stay tuned to Gibson.com for an exclusive interview with Mojo Les Paul winner Richard Thompson, who talks about Les Paul and being curator at the Meltdown Festival that begins in London this weekend.
For more information on the 2010 Mojo Honours List, visit www.mojo4music.com/blog/.
For more Information on War Child, visit www.warchild.nl/.
Photo Credits: Dean Fardell and Simon Fernandez