Morrissey Wins 'Inspirational' Award



Singer Morrissey today received an award for being an inspiration to the music world.

The 45-year-old picked up a Silver Clef Award at a ceremony in central London.

Organised by the music business charity Nordoff-Robbins.

Jazz sensation Jamie Cullum, crooner George Benson and Pop Idol Will Young also received gongs at today’s event.

The awards were presented at a lunch by, among others, Beverley Knight and the New York Dolls.

An auction also took place at today’s event in aid of Nordoff-Robbins music therapy, with lots including Footballers Wives jewellery, artwork from David Bowie’s Reality album and a guitar signed by The Darkness rocker Justin Hawkins.

Morrissey received his 02 Silver Clef Award for, “his amazing contribution to music and for being an inspiration to others”, Cullum took the HMV Best New Music Award, and Young received the Heart 106.2FM Artist of the Year Award.

Benson was presented with Raymond Weil International Award while rockers Iron Maiden took the Deluxe Space Special Achievement Award.

Nordoff-Robbins charity was launched in 1976 to help people through the use of music.

Other celebrities at today’s event included Beyonce’s parents Tina and Matthew Knowles.

Beyonce’s mother, who is launching a clothing range with her daughter, said: “I wanted to see some of the clothes here. Beyonce has a lot of input on our designs.”
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