Hosted by UK-based Classic Rock magazine, the 10th annual Classic Rock Awards – the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour announced via USA TODAY (HERE) that Gregg Allman, one of rock’s most acclaimed and beloved icons, will be this year’s recipient of the Living Legend award. Previous winners of the Living Legend Award include: Jeff Beck, Alice Cooper, Jimmy Page, Lemmy Kilmister, Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop and ZZ Top.
As one of the most prestigious awards in rock, the Living Legend Award honours those without whom rock music would not be what it is today; the innovators, the trailblazers, those who have inspired others to create music and have trodden the path for them to do so. Gregg Allman is all these things and more.
Read today’s announcement on USATODAY.com: (HERE).
Gregg Allman is someone whose distinctively soulful voice and singular songwriting ability has resonated through a musical career that spans nearly half a century. He has long been a gifted natural interpreter of the blues, and his voice is one of the defining sounds in the history of American music. Along with the Allman Brothers Band, in which he was a founding member, he was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1995, and in 2012 the group was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 54th Annual GRAMMYs. In 2011 he released the universally acclaimed Low Country Blues, his first solo album in 14 years, which gave him his highest U.S. chart position ever when it debuted at Number 5 on Billboard’s Top 200 and Number 1 on the Top Blues Albums chart. Allman’s 2012 tell-all memoir, My Cross To Bear, was a New York Times Bestseller.
Gregg Allman: “I am so very honored to be receiving this award from Classic Rock. The magazine is one of my favourites and they are always so generous to me and the Brothers.”
Classic Rock editor Siân Llewellyn says: “Where can you start with Gregg Allman? The rock’n’roll world would be a very different (and far lesser) place without him. As a founding member and guiding light of the Allman Brothers Band and a hugely influential solo artist, Gregg has touched the lives of rock fans all over the globe for over four decades. I’m thrilled that we can call him Classic Rock Magazine’s Living Legend 2014.”
The prestigious Living Legend Award will be presented to Gregg Allman at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour ceremony on Tuesday, November 4 at the Avalon in Hollywood. This is the 10th anniversary of the awards and the first time they have been hosted outside London.
As previously announced, multi-platinum Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Sammy Hagar will serve as this year’s host, and voting is now open for the listener and fan-voted categories (list of nominees and link to vote below). Classic Rock magazine kicked things off last month in Hancock Park at the British Consulate (Los Angeles, CA) with the Classic Rock Awards 2014 Launch Party. Check out video interviews with Sammy Hagar and Classic Rock editor, Siân Llewellyn – discussing why the awards are coming to the US for the first time this year and what to look forward to – here: http://bit.ly/1txBqmW.
Here is the list of nominees for this year’s listener and fan-voted categories:
Best New Band – awarded to the best new rock band
The Cadillac Three
The Golden Grass
Band Of The Year – awarded to the most exciting rock band
The Black Keys
Guns N’ Roses
Queen + Adam Lambert
Film Of The Year
Inside Llewyn Davis
Joe Bonamassa – Tour De Force: Live In London
Metallica – Through The Never
Rolling Stones – Sweet Summer Sun, Hyde Park Live
Supermensch – The Legend Of Shep Gordon
The Doors – R-Evolution
Album Of The Year
Augustines – Augustines
Black Stone Cherry – Magic Mountain
Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes
California Breed – California Breed
Judas Priest – Redeemer Of Souls
Motörhead – Aftershock
Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt
Rival Sons – Great Western Valkyrie
The Black Keys – Turn Blue
The Temperance Movement – The Temperance Movement
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye
Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey – Going Back Home
Reissue Of The Year – awarded to the best-embellished reissue
The Beatles – The US Albums
Deep Purple – Made In Japan: Deluxe Edition
Kiss – 40th Anniversary Kissteria Vinyl boxset
Led Zeppelin – I, II and III Deluxe Editions
Pink Floyd – The Division Bell: 20th Anniversary Edition
Ramones – The Sire Years 1976-1981
Soundgarden – Superunknown: 20th Anniversary Edition
The Clash – Sound System boxset
Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat Super Deluxe boxset
Yes – The Studio Albums 1969-1987
Classic Rock Radio Station Of The Year (Major Market)
Classic Rock Radio Station Of The Year (Medium Market)
Classic Rock Radio Station Of The Year (Small Market)
The all-important listener and fan votes can be cast now at classicrockmagazine.com/awards. Voting closes on Wednesday, October 22.
Additionally, US radio listeners will be able to vote on their Classic Rock radio stations’ websites, via a sponsored digital banner which will be made available by Krantz Media Networks, a division of Krantz Media Group (KMG) and digital partners TUNEGENIE and Classics Du Jour. AdLarge Media will be exclusively responsible for radio advertising sponsorship sales. Fans also can vote for their favourite Classic Rock radio station. Radio station winners will be recognised in the Major Market, Medium Market, and Small Market categories. More details on US listener voting will be provided shortly.
For one night only, Classic Rock magazine plays host to some of the world’s most renowned rock legends. This exclusive evening welcomes some 400 artists, industry figureheads and VIPs with a champagne reception and a three-course dinner, followed by the presentation of the awards themselves. The evening culminates with a live performance.
Reflecting the explosive growth of the Classic Rock brand, the event has grown from humble beginnings to become one of the rare ‘must-dos’ on the rock calendar. It has consistently attracted A-List guests, including Black Sabbath, Jimmy Page, Alice Cooper, Slash, Rush, ZZ Top, Jeff Beck, Brian May, The Who, Gene Simmons, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Rob Halford and Paul Stanley, among many others, as well as live performances from Jeff Beck with special guests, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rival Sons and Zakk Wylde.
In the UK it will be broadcast on TeamRock Radio. Check out highlights from past Classic Rock Awards here: http://bit.ly/1qVqXoT.