Motorhead's Lemmy To Receive 'Living Legend' Award
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Lemmy Kilmister, the notorious bass player and vocalist of U.K. rock 'n' roll titans Motörhead, will be honored with the very first "Living Legend" award at this year's inaugural Classic Rock Roll of Honor, organized by Classic Rock magazine. Taking place on Tuesday, October 4, 2005 at London's Café De Paris, the Classic Rock Roll of Honor will celebrate the big names as well as the unsung heroes from the diverse world of rock 'n' roll and promises to take a fresh approach to the tired award ceremony format.
To coincide with the 30th Anniversary of Motörhead, the U.K.'s most revered rock 'n' roll outfit as well as, unbelievably, Lemmy's 60th birthday celebrations, the Classic Rock Roll of Honor will place a special emphasis on the often diluted "Lifetime Achievement" award category.
Rather than simply giving Lemmy the "Living Legend" award on the night, the Classic Rock Roll of Honor will dedicate an entire section of the evening's proceedings to pay homage to the remarkable achievements of one of the U.K.'s best-loved rock 'n' roll stars. The team behind Classic Rock magazine and the Classic Rock Roll of Honor have assembled a moving tribute package that comprises of testimonials and greetings to Lemmy from a raft of peers and young bands and musicians inspired by the star, as well as messages from fans of all ages. It is hoped that Lemmy and the rest of Motörhead will complete the evening with a brief acoustic set. This however, has not been confirmed by the band at this stage.
In addition to Lemmy's "Living Legend" award, there will be a further eight awards on the night, which will be announced soon. Classic Rock also has announced the categories and nominations for the very first Readers' Awards, which are voted for by the readers via text message ballot:
"Album of the Year" nominees (awarded to the best new album released between August 2004 and August 2005):
01. Robert Plant And The Strange Sensation - Mighty Rearranger (Sanctuary)
02. Audioslave - Out Of Exile (Interscope)
03. Porcupine Tree - Deadwing (Lava/Warner)
04. Foo Fighters - In Your Honour (Sony BMG)
05. Alter Bridge - One Day Remains (Sony BMG)
"Band of the Year" nominees (awarded to the most exciting rock band if the year):
02. Judas Priest
03. Queen + Paul Rodgers
04. Velvet Revolver
05. Dream Theater
"Best Reissue" nominees (awarded to the most timely, best-presented and well-compiled album reissue of the past 12 months):
01. Jeff Beck - Truth (EMI)
02. Ian Hunter - Ian Hunter (Sony BMG)
03. The Stooges - The Stooges/Funhouse (Rhino/Elektra)
04. The Sweet - Reissues (Sony BMG)
05. Uriah Heep - Reissues (Sanctuary)
"Classic Rock Collection" nominees (awarded to the most timely and well-compiled box set or best-of of the past 12 months):
01. Ozzy Osbourne - Prince Of Darknes (Epic)
02. Free - Chronicles (Universal)
03. Judas Priest - Metalogy (Columbia)
04. Deep Purple - The Platinum Collection (EMI)
05. Cream - I Feel Free: Ultimate Cream (Polydor)
"DVD of the Year" nominees (awarded to the greatest rock DVD release of the past 12 months:
01. Aerosmith - You Gotta Move (Columbia)
02. Iron Maiden - The Early Years (Sanctuary)
03. AC/DC - Family Jewels (Sony)
04. Motörhead - Classic Albums: Ace Of Spades (Eagle Vision)
05. Emerson Lake & Palmer - Beyond The Beginning (Sanctuary)
"Classsic Rock Event of the Year" nominees (awarded to the greatest tour, reunion or dropped-me-bacon-sandwich moment of the past 12 months):
01. Queen playing with Paul Rodgers
02. Cream reforming at The Royal Albert Hall
03. Pink Floyd reforming for Live 8
04. The Mötley Crüe reunion
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