Jeff Beck to Receive Living Legend Award at Next Week’s Classic Rock Roll of Honour Ceremony
Jeff Beck is set to receive the 2011 Living Legend Award at the seventh annual Orange Amplification Classic Rock Roll of Honour ceremony, which will take place Wednesday (Nov. 9) in Camden, England. Steve Winwood will be honored with the Union Maestro Award, while a slew of artists from AC/DC to the Who are among nominees for the Roll of Honour's various annual fan-voted awards.
Beck, best known for his work with the Yardbirds and his solo career, tells BBC News that he's "very honored" to be receiving the coveted prize. "It means someone is out there looking at what I'm doing, which is really nice," he says. He will be presented the honor by Kiss frontman Gene Simmons, who will host the evening and of course have a film crew from his 'Family Jewels' TV series on hand. Beck is also slated to perform.
Winwood will be the first person to receive the Maestro award, which was voted on by the more than 30,000 members of the Musicians' Union. "Steve Winwood has had an incredible career," Classic Rock's Chris Ingham says of the former Spencer Davis Group, Traffic and Blind Faith musician. "[He] is a true icon, a musician's musician and a worthy winner of this inaugural award."
Along with the Living Legend and Meastro Award, the Rock Roll of Honour will hand out annual trophies in various categories: Beck, Foo Fighters, Motorhead and Journey are among the Album of the Year nominees; David Bowie, Deep Purple, Pearl Jam, Queen, Bruce Springsteen and the Who are up for Reissue of the Year honors; AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Foo Fighters, the Rolling Stones and the so-called Big Four (Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer, Megadeth) will compete for Film/DVD of the Year; and Foo Fighters, Iron Maiden and Metallica are among those up for Band of the Year. Vote for your favorites here.
The annual Classic Rock Roll of Honour awards "celebrate quality music with substance that will stand the test of time." The first ceremony was held in 2004.