GENESIS: Prog Rules
The inaugural Progressive Music Awards were handed out Wednesday night in London.
The inaugural Progressive Music Awards were handed out Wednesday night in London. Among those recognized were former Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman with the Prog God Award, beating out his former bandmate Jon Anderson, and Genesis with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks represented Genesis. Banks told the audience, "Our music has varied over the years. We've been fairly broad, we've done some stuff you'd call progressive and some you'd call more mainstream. But we love writing."
Other winners included:
- Rush - Album of the Year for Clockwork Angels
- Steve Hackett and Chris Squire - Anthem Award for their album A Life Within a Day
- Carl Palmer - Virtuoso Award
- Pink Floyd - Grand Design Award for Immersion reissues
Carl Palmer was asked before the ceremony if being a progressive artist -- which has never really appealed to the masses -- is anything to be embarrassed about. He said, "It might be embarrassing. It might be to intellectual for some, but it will always be there."