Chris Evans hands out O2 Silver Clef trophy to Texas as Chaka Khan, Blur and Mark Knopfler receive prizes

Virgin Radio

6 Jul 2024, 08:59

Damon Albarn, Texas with Chris Evans, Chaka Khan

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Virgin Radio’s own Chris Evans was on hand to deliver a prize at the prestigious O2 Silver Clef awards on Friday (7th July). 

Scottish pop-rockers Texas landed the Tysers Live Outstanding Achievement Award, which recognises artists of the highest calibre who continue to impact the music industry with their work. 

The O2 Silver Clefs are part of the UK’s largest music therapy charity, Nordoff and Robbins, which trains music therapists to help people living with autism, dementia, mental health challenges and life-limiting illnesses. 



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Texas frontwoman Sharleen Spiteri and the I Don’t Want a Lover band collected the prize from Chris on stage, accepting the illustrious gong alongside plenty of other music legends, including Chaka Khan, Blur and AC/DC’s Brian Johnson

Johnson picked up the Amazon Music Legend Award on behalf of the Thunderstruck hitmakers, and was given the prize by Dire Straits’ Mark Knopfler. 

He got to return the favour though, as Johnson was then on hand to dish out the American Express Music Icon Award to Knopfler later in the afternoon. 

After the major win, Johnson said: "We're over the moon to receive the Amazon Music Legend Award. As a band, we've been dishing out our own brand of music therapy for the past five decades, so to hear all about how Nordoff and Robbins helps the young and the old with the power of music is something that we understand and salute. Thank you for this honour."

His pal and Music Legends co-host Knopfler added: “I am honoured to have been chosen to receive the Icon Award at this year's O2 Silver Clefs. It's a privilege to support an event that is directly part of such important music therapy work. 

“One of the best parts of being an artist is meeting people who have been touched by your music. I think we have all appreciated the power of music in our own lives from time to time.”

Chaka Khan, renowned for her unmistakable voice and style, received the Raymond Weil Global Impact Award from Mica Paris. 

The Ain’t Nobody songstress said: "Music has always been my solace, my strength, my voice, a gift. I'm grateful for this beautiful honour to be part of the Nordoff and Robbins creative community, where the power of music is used to transform, inspire, and bring love to the world. Music really does heal."

The flagship O2 Silver Clef Award went to Blur, for their iconic position at the heart of British music and cultural life for over three decades.

"Making music with my brothers in blur has been one of the great gifts of my life,” bassist Alex James explained. “We are absolutely chuffed to receive the O2 Silver Clef Award and help raise awareness for Nordoff and Robbins, a brilliant organisation.”

Elsewhere, Jessie Ware took home the Live Nation Best Female prize, while the male equivalent trophy went to Loyle Carner. 

The 1975 received the ASM Global Best Group, while Cat Burns landed Ticketmaster Best New Music Award. 

British jazz quintet, Ezra Collective received the PPL Contemporary Music Award, while British singer-songwriter Jacob Collier picked up the Oak View Group Innovation in Music Award from Jamie Cullum.

The impossible to classify Scottish group, Young Fathers, added the Pizza Express Live Best Live Act Award to their prize wins.