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ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd + Rush Win Big at 2012 Classic Rock Roll of Honor

ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Rush
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British amp manufacturer Orange Amplification isn’t just known for its distinctive-looking speakers and cabinets — they’re also responsible for the annual Classic Rock Roll of Honor ceremony held annually in the UK, and this year’s awards show saw ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Rush going home with high honors.

Duff McKagan emceed the event, which marked the show’s eighth year, and Nikki Sixx delivered his Sixx Sense radio show live from the Roundhouse Theater in London, where the awards were held. Scott Rowley, editor-in-chief of Classic Rock Magazine, was on hand for the ceremony, and he weighed in on the state of the genre following a busy year for rock artists.

“You would never know it from listening to the radio or watching TV – but while you were all getting excited about Psy and fun. and Nicki Minaj, it’s actually been a great year for new rock music,” quipped Rowley. “We’ve heard brilliant new albums from ZZ Top, Rush, Aerosmith, Kiss, Springsteen, Slash, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Van Halen.” You can see a complete list of the winners below.

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2012 Classic Rock Roll of Honor Award Winners
The Living Legend Award: ZZ Top
Event Of The Year: Ginger Raises £250k
Breakthrough Act Of The Year: Rival Sons
The Musicians’ Union Maestro Award: Phil Manzanera
Tommy Vance Inspiration Award: Jon Lord
Classic Songwriter Award: Russ Ballard
Outstanding Contribution: The Damned
Classic Album Award: Status Quo, ‘Live!’
V.I.P. Award: Tony Smith
Metal Guru Award: Anthrax
Best New Band: Tracer
Album Of The Year: Rush, ‘Clockwork Angels’
Reissue Of The Year: Pink Floyd – Immersion
Film/DVD Award: Pink Floyd – The Story of ‘Wish You Were Here’
Band Of The Year: Rush
Spirit Of Prog Award: Family
Showman Of The Year: Nikki Sixx
Comeback Award: Lynyrd Skynyrd

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