LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Leicester rockers Kasabian scooped song of the year with “Fire” at the Mojo music awards on Thursday on a night when the influence of 1980s pop was an overriding theme.
London’s Florence and the Machine came away empty-handed, however, despite leading the nominations with four. The awards, organized by Mojo magazine and partly decided by readers voting online, are officially called the Mojo Honours List.
In the contemporary categories, Richard Hawley picked up the best album prize for “Truelove’s Gutter,” The Low Anthem were voted breakthrough act of the year and Texan band Midlake won best live act.
Psychedelic experimentalists Amorphous Androgynous scooped the best compilation with “A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble Exploding In Your Mind Volume 2 - Pagan Love Vibrations Compiled And Mixed By The Amorphous Androgynous.”
In the non-contemporary categories, The Stone Roses’ eponymous 1989 record was named classic album, while 1980s Liverpool act The Teardrop Explodes received the Mojo Inspiration award. Marc Almond, best known for his work with Soft Cell in the 1980s, won the Mojo Hero award.
“The 1980s are almost the new 1960s,” said Phil Alexander, Mojo magazine’s editor-in-chief. “You can hear the influence of that decade everywhere.”
Following is a list of selected winners:
- Best album: Richard Hawley/Truelove’s Gutter
- Song of the year: Kasabian/Fire
- Best live act: Midlake
- Compilation of the year: Amorphous Androgynous
- Breakthrough act: The Low Anthem
- Vision award: Oil City Confidential
- Maverick award: Hawkwind
- Classic album: Stone Roses
- Catalog release of the year: The Beatles
- Hero award: Marc Almond
- Inspiration award: Teardrop Explodes
- Lifetime achievement award: Jean-Michel Jarre
- Icon award: Jimmy Page
Reporting by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato