Progressive Music Awards 2014 honors Peter Gabriel’s music career of 50 years.
Former vocalist of British progressive rock band Genesis, Peter Gabriel, was honored for his achievements and contributions in the genre at the third Progressive Rock Awards held at Shakespeare’s Globe in London on September 11, 2014. He took away the ‘Prog God’ award for his career spanning five decades. BBC news presenter and prog rock fan Gavin Esler. was the host for the night at the ceremony.
After departing from Genesis in 1975, Gabriel was massively successful as a solo artist. His 1986 album, So, featured hit singles Sledgehammer and Don’t Give Up. Currently, the English singer-songwriter is on a two-year ‘Back To Front tour’ till December 2014 to mark the album’s 25th anniversary. The tour features many musicians who played on the original recording.
Starting from co-founding the WOMAD festival in 1982 to pioneering digital distribution methods for music with OD2, one of the first online music download services, Gabriel has made several significant contributions to the world of music.
Among the winners at the awards ceremony was Rick Wakeman, Yes keyboardist and Prog God honoree in 2012, who took home the Live Event Award for his 40th anniversary tour of his solo album Journey to the Centre of the Earth.
Other awardees included band Dream Theatre, which took the ‘Band of the Year’ title, Uriah Heap, who got the ‘Outer Limits’ award, and Camel founder Andy Latimer, who was honored with a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’.
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