Sheffield band the Arctic Monkeys took home the Best Album prize at last night’s Mojo Awards ceremony, which was held at The Brewery in east London.
Described by the magazine’s editor Phil Alexander as ‘incredibly special’, the band were also praised for a quality which harks back to the best of classic British rock n roll.
“I think it’s because they fit in a long line of truly great British artists,” Alexander continued. “You can draw a line between the lyricism of Ray Davies and Alex Turner, stopping at John Cooper Clarke along the way.”
Recognised for their contributions to music were Primal Scream, who were handed the Classic Album Gong for ‘Screamadelica‘, and Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson who was given the Hall Of Fame award.
“Brian sold us visions of America that were infused with romanticism, hope and in places, sheer fragility,” said Alexander. “You listen to his music and you are transported by what it does. He has a sense of composition that is utterly unique to the point where it almost defies categorisation. Genius is the only word for it.”
Breakthrough Award – Rumer
Song of the Year – Heathen Child by Grinderman
Best Album – Suck It and See by Arctic Monkeys
Classic Album Award – Screamadelica by Primal Scream
Best Live Act – John Grant
Les Paul Award – Steve Cropper
Compilation – Sweet Inspiration: Songs of Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham
Catalogue Release – 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 – Public Image Ltd
Icon Award – Ringo Starr
Hall of Fame Award – Brian Wilson