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05 novembre 2006

Q Awards: The Q Lifetime Achievement Award

Chosen by Q magazine

Presented by Moby

Winner: Peter Gabriel

This year's Lifetime Achievement Award goes to the former frontman of prog-rock giants Genesis and pioneering solo artist Peter Gabriel. As the singer with Genesis from his late teens, Gabriel was an eccentric performer, submerging his personality in a wide array of characters and costume. On his departure in 1976, Gabriel embarked on an innovative solo career, issuing three albums all with no title between 1977 and 1980. Although he scored a hit with the first album's Solsbury Hill, it was the third which gave him the artistic and commercial success he needed. Instigating a unique drum sound - no cymbals! - the album featured the moving tribute to the murdered anti-apartheid campaigner Steve Biko and the chart hit Games Without Frontiers. But it was 1986's So that gave Gabriel his biggest success. The intricate and ground-breaking video for Sledgehammer made the album a worldwide hit, but since then Gabriel has concentrated on other projects - the successful WOMAD festival, the state-of-the-art Real World studios and a number of multimedia projects. Q pays tribute to Peter Gabriel today...

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