Pink Floyd, King Crimson Lead Progressive Music Awards Nominations
Pink Floyd's The Endless River album sees them pick up three nominations for Grand Design, Album and Band/Artist of the Year. King Crimson and Steven Wilson are the only other artists with three nominations and go head-to-head in the Grand Design category. Wilson is also nominated for Band/Artist of the Year with King Crimson getting the nod for of their US Tour for Live Event. Kate Bush's first live shows in 35 years sees her nominated for Live Event and Artist of the Year, with Steve Hackett, Von Hertzen Brothers, Opeth, Public Service Broadcasting and Flying Colors also nominated for two awards.
Jerry Ewing, Prog Magazine Editor says, "Prog Magazine is currently enjoying its most successful year ever in terms of sales (our current issue is 35% up year on year), and I believe we are starting to see this reflected in the way the genre is interacting with the mainstream and with the commercial successes the front runners of today's progressive scene are also enjoying. And it's been another bumper year for the genre and this is a wonderfully diverse spread of artists who find themselves worthy nominees this year, once again showing that the influence of progressive music now spreads far and wide throughout so many areas of music. And of course, the night itself is always such a memorable one. It's going to be a lot of fun with Matthew hosting for us for the first year."
Says host Matthew Wright, "I was made up to be asked. I attended in 2013 and met Steve Hillage for the first time. I spent a lot of time listening to his Green album and his stuff with Gong but I never thought I'd meet him. I also met Robert John Godfrey, who I'd seen live many times but had never met before. The experience was only marred by the fact I had to get up at 4am the next morning to do my show, so I think I might take the Friday off this time!" See the full nomination list here.
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