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King Crimson, Steve Hillage, Carl Palmer & Steve Hackett Among Prog Award Honorees

by VVN Music

Britain's Prog magazine has given out the trophies in their annual Prog Awards.

Celebrating the best in progressive music, the awards went to a host of veteran artists from King Crimson to Steve Hackett and newcomers like Beatrix Players.

British rockers Anathema took home the Album of the Year for their set The Optamist while Steve Hillage got Reissue for Searching For the SparkKing Crimson took Video for "Heroes".

On the general band front, UK Band was Marillion and the International Band went to Opeth.

Outside of the trophies for activities from the last year, there were also a number of special awards given with the big prize, Prog God, going to Carl Palmer, the last living member of Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Eddie Jobson, who has been a member of Curved Air, Roxy Music and Jethro Tull, among others, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement award.

Steve Hackett's musicianship was recognized with the Chris Squire Virtuoso award. Other lifetime honors went to Mark King (Outer Limits), John Miles (Musical Achievement) and Voivod (Vissionary).

The full winners list:
  • Limelight - Beatrix Players
  • Video Of The Year - Heroes - King Crimson
  • Event Of The Year - Be Prog! My Friend
  • Reissue Of The Year - Searching For The Spark - Steve Hillage
  • Album Cover Of The Year - Lost In The Ghost Light - Tim Bowness
  • Album Of The Year - The Optimist - Anathema 
  • International Band Of The Year - Opeth
  • UK Band Of The Year - Marillion
  • Outer Limits - Mark King
  • Outstanding Musical Achievement - John Miles
  • Chris Squire Virtuoso - Steve Hackett
  • Visionary - Voivod
  • Industry VIP - Max Hole
  • Lifetime Achievement - Eddie Jobson
  • Prog God - Carl Palmer