Fleet Foxes nab Mojo award, Yoko Ono honored

Thu Jun 11, 2009 5:32pm EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. buzz band Fleet Foxes beat the likes of Leonard Cohen and Radiohead to land Mojo magazine's best live act award on Thursday.

The prize, determined by a readers poll, cements the Seattle-based quintet's reputation as "one of the greatest live bands in the world," organizers said.

But it was Fleet Foxes' only prize from three nominations.

Their debut album, released last year, lost out to veteran English rocker Paul Weller's "22 Dreams." The three-time Mojo award winner also beat records by Kings of Leon, Elbow, and PJ Harvey and John Parish.

And Manchester group Elbow won the Mojo song of the year category with "One Day Like This," ahead of Fleet Foxes' "White Winter Hymnal."

The 2009 Mojo lifetime achievement award was presented to Yoko Ono, John Lennon's widow and a musician and artist in her own right.

"She may have been married to one of the most famous men in the world, but she also helped change music as we know it," said Mojo editor-in-chief Phil Alexander.

"She is a huge influence on modern music and this award recognizes her inspirational qualities and ongoing questing."

British act Blur was honored on the night, picking up the Mojo inspiration award ahead of its eagerly-anticipated reunion expected to take place later this month.   Continued...