Prog gets the gongs
The first annual Progressive Music Awards will be held in London in September, and the nominations are already out.
Porcupine Tree frontman Steven Wilson (pictured above) heads the list with five nominations, with former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett and Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson nominated in four categories apiece.
"These awards have been a long time coming," says Prog magazine editor Jerry Ewing. "And given the buoyancy of the genre in recent years, we felt that the time was certainly right.
The best up and coming act of the year, unsigned or signed and fledgling.
Von Hertzen Brothers
For the band or act who made the greatest show on earth this year.
Ian Anderson – Thick As A Brick tour
Summer’s End Festival
Opeth – Brixton Academy
Steve Hackett – ChildLine Rocks Charity Show, Islington Assembly Rooms
Steven Wilson – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Marillion – Forum/US Tour
Anathema – Union Chapel/Koko
Prog comes in all shapes and sizes these days. We salute the most creative songs of the past 12 months.
Steven Wilson – Raider II
Panic Room – Song For Tomorrow
Arena – One Last Au Revoir
Karmakanic – Turn It Up
Crippled Black Phoenix – Laying Traps
It Bites – The Last Escape
Squackett – A Life Within A Day
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
The best of the progressive full length releases.
Anathema – Weather Systems
Storm Corrosion – Storm Corrosion
Opeth – Heritage
It Bites – Map Of The Past
Rush – Clockwork Angels
Yes – Fly From Here
Nightwish – Imaginaerum
Celebrating the artistic achievement for the raft of Special and Deluxe Editions that populate the modern progressive genre.
Pink Floyd – Immersion Reissues
King Crimson – Panegyric Reissues
Peter Gabriel – New Blood Deluxe Edition
Steven Wilson – Grace For Drowning Deluxe Edition
Rush – Sectors Box Sets
Jethro Tull – Aqualung 40th Anniversary Special Edition
Tangerine Dream – Zeit Box Set
The musician who’s the cream of the 2012 prog crop chop-wise – could be a tub-thumper, a singer, keyboard king or guitar slinger. Being prog, it could even be the nose flute.
Mike Portnoy (Flying Colors)
John Petrucci (Dream Theater)
John Mitchell (It Bites/Arena)
Nick Beggs (Steve Hackett/Steven Wilson)
Rob Reed (Magenta)
Carl Palmer (ELP/Asia)
Roine Stolt (Flower Kings/Transatlantic)
The spirit of prog independence, the rogues in our midst who make their own niche in a progressive direction.
Who do you think of when you think of prog? These are the people who have kept the flag flying and are synonymous with the genre. Their unswerving dedication and nerve has built the foundations for generations to come.
Van der Graaf Generator
The person at the pinnacle of progressive thought today, this award is for the men and women who keep pushing boundaries, keep prog in the public eye and continue to inspire the young artists just setting out on their own paths.
The biggest movers and shakers within the progressive field over the last 40 years. Without this person prog would be a different, lesser place.
Source: Music Radar
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Porcupine Tree is an English band formed by Steven Wilson in 1987 in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. Their music is associated with both psychedelic rock and progressive rock, yet having been influenced by trance, krautrock and ambient due to Wilson and keyboardist Richard Barbieri's penchant for the Kosmische Musik scene of the early 1970s, led by bands such as Tangerine Dream, Neu! and Can....
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