Ringo Starr Wins ‘Icon’ Prize at Mojo Awards
Classic rock artists such as Jimmy Page and Phil Collins were in attendance at the Mojo Awards in London on Wednesday night as two of their legendary peers were rewarded for their lifetime achievements. Ringo Starr took home the Icon Award, and Donovan took home the Maverick Award.
Starr talked to reporters and addressed the rumor that he would perform alongside Paul McCartney at the London Summer Olympics next year. Ultimate Classic Rock reported two weeks ago that this reunion would not happen, and Starr confirmed this, stating that he would be touring in the U.S. at the time, making it logistically impossible.
The Mojo Awards (or Mojo Honours List) is an awards ceremony begun in 2004 by Mojo Magazine, an excellent British music magazine known for covering classic rock artists in great detail, as well as newer bands. This year's "Song of the Year" award went to alt-rock band Grinderman for 'Heathen Song.'
The Full List of Mojo Award Winners:
Breakthrough Award - Rumer
Song of the Year Award - 'Heathen Song' by Grinderman
Best Album Award - 'Suck it and See' by Arctic Monkeys (editor's note: awesome band!)
Classic Album Award - 'Screamadelica' by Primal Scream
Best Live Act Award - John Grant
Les Paul Award - Steve Cropper
Compilation of the Year Award - 'Sweet Inspiration: Songs of Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham' - Various Artists
Catalogue Release of the Year Award - 'Coals to Newcastle' by Orange Juice
Merit Award - Martha and the Vandellas
Medal Award - Bob Harris
Hero Award - Eddie Floyd
Maverick Award - Donovan
Inspiration Award - Gary Numan
Classic Songwriter Award - Squeeze
Vision Award - Upside Down
Outstanding Contribution to Music - Public Image Ltd
Icon Award - Ringo Starr
Hall of Fame Award - Brian Wilson
Ringo Starr talks about being an 'Icon' and the 2012 Summer Olympics