Jon Anderson, Van der Graaf Generator, Andy Summers, Buggles, Big Big Train Honored at Progressive Music Awards

by VVN Music

The Progressive Music Awards, presented by Prog Magazine, were held on Thursday night at the Underglobe in London's South Bank.

Nine of the thirteen awards for the evening were won by veteran artists with the band Big Big Train the only one to win two awards, Live Event and Band of the Year which were both fan voted awards.

Among the other publicly voted awards, The Anchoress won the Limelight Award for rising star, The Mute Gods took the Vanguard Award for artists moving into the mainstream, iamthemorning received Album of the Year for Lighthouse, and Anthony Phillips' Esoteric Reissue Series took the Storm Thorgerson Grand Design Award.

The rest of the categories, chosen by a panel of experts, went to veteran artists including the Buggles, Jakko Jakszyk of King Crimson, former Police guitarist Andy Summers and Jon Hiseman of Colosseum.

In addition, Van der Graaf Generator were presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award and former Yes lead Jon Anderson received the big prize, the Prog God Award. Anderson was presented with the award by former Yes members Rick Wakeman and Trevor Rabin with whom he is about to collaborate in the new band AWR.

The winners:

  • Limelight Award (Rising star) – The Anchoress
  • Anthem Award (Best track) – Towards the Blue Horizon – Riverside
  • Live Event – Live at King's Palace – Big Big Train
  • Vanguard Award (Artists moving towards mainstream)  – The Mute Gods
  • Storm Thorgerson Grand Design Award – Esoteric Reissue Series – Anthony Phillips 
  • Album of the Year  – Lighthouse  – iamthemorning
  • Band of the Year – Big Big Train
  • The Outer Limits Award – Buggles
  • Chris Squire Virtuoso Award – Jakko Jakszyk (King Crimson)
  • Guiding Light Award – Andy Summers
  • Visionary Award – Jon Hiseman (Colosseum)
  • Lifetime Achievement – Van der Graaf Generator
  • Prog God – Jon Anderson

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