The Vodafone Live Music Awards: A Possible Sign Of A World Gone Mad

Sep 19th, 2008 // 2 Comments

OK, listen, residents of the British Isles. When I, in my post about the UK’s Vodafone Live Music Awards last month, wrote “I don’t want to ask for too much, but if the Spice Girls could beat out Led Zeppelin [in the Best Live Return category] somehow, I’d be rather pleased.” last month, I wasn’t entirely being serious. Still, I appreciate that somehow, you all managed to pick up my joke and run with it for long enough to make Spice Girls greater than Led Zeppelin, at least in the world of British awards shows of dubious necessity. I can only imagine the disappointment Jimmy Page is feeling right now.

Thank you, Vodafone Live Music Awards, for doing what no American awards show has the guts to do: Give a bunch of awards to Primal Scream. I have no idea what they’ve done to merit an award for “Outstanding Contribution To Live Music” (well, besides being awesome), but they certainly appeared to be excited by the honor last night, with bassist Mani asking “What’s this one for again?” upon accepting it.

The complete list of winners:

Best Live Male: Mark Ronson
Best Live Female: Kate Nash
Best Live Act: Primal Scream
Best Live Return: Spice Girls
XFM Live Breakthrough Act: The Ting Tings
4Music Festival Of the Year: T In The Park
Live And Unsigned Awards: Kiddo360
Best International Live Act: Kings Of Leon
Sony Ericsson Tour Of The Year: Take That Arena Tour
Outstanding Contribution To Live Music: Primal Scream

Primal Scream triumph at Vodafone Live Music Awards [NME]


  1. Lax Danja House

    I find it hilarious that there are people who otherwise would not have cared about these awards, or the fact that Led Zeppelin had won one, that are now enraged that a group they don’t like was given a meaningless award over a group they do like. Or at least assume they would like based on the fact that they’re legends/

  2. Maura Johnston

    @Lax Danja House: Never underestimate peoples’ innate desire to argue about meaningless bullshit on the Internet.

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