“Mojo” Takes The Idea Of Everyone Being A Winner Very Seriously

noah | June 17, 2008 12:30 pm

The UK magazine Mojo loves to look back as it looks forward, so it’s probably no surprise that its Mojo Honours, the reader-generated awards given out last night, were led by Duffy’s “Mercy,” a cauldron of throwbacks that flounced away with the evening’s Song Of The Year Award. In addition to a few cursory nods in the direction of new-ish music (Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! won Best Album, while Led Zeppelin got the Best Live Act nod for its one show earlier this year), a bunch of seemingly interchangeable laurels went to Mojo staples.

No, really: Over the course of one night, the awards given away included the “Icon Award,” which went to the Sex Pistols; the “Hero Award,” which went to Motorhead”; the Inspiration Award,” which went to Genesis; the “Outstanding Contribution To Music Award,” which went to John Fogerty; and the “Maverick Award,” which went to Mark E. Smith. What do you think would have happened if they’d switched, say, the Maverick Award and the Hero Award? Probably not much, I’d reckon. Full list of awards (hey, it also includes the “Legend Award,” the “special Award,” and the “Vision Award”!) below.

Song of the Year Award: “Mercy,” Duffy Best Breakthrough Act: The Last Shadow Puppets Best Album Award: Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Hero Award: Motorhead Icon Award: Sex Pistols Best Live Act Award: Led Zeppelin Classic Songwriter Award: Neil Diamond Hall of Fame: The Specials Lifetime Achievement Award: Genesis Special Award: Judy Collins Legend Award: Irma Thomas Classic Album Award: Loveless, My Bloody Valentine Inspiration Award: John Fogerty Outstanding Contribution to Music Award: Paul Weller Roots Award: Toots Hibbert Les Paul Award: John Martyn Maverick Award: Mark E. Smith Vision Award: Julien Temple for The Future is Unwritten Compilation of the Year Award: Juno soundtrack Catalogue Release of the Year: Pillows & Prayers: Cherry Red Records 1981-1984

(I guess Phil Collins tried something bad at the buffet?)

Duffy wins big with Mercy at Mojo Awards [Telegraph via ONTD]