May day: Imelda secures rock breakthrough with top award

DUBLIN singer Imelda May was last night named best breakthrough performer at the Classic Rock Awards held in London.

The Liberties native was presented with the accolade at a star-studded ceremony in the Roundhouse in Camden.

The singer, who won Best Female at the Meteor Awards last year, has become a global sensation with hits such as Johnny Got a Boom Boom and Mayhem.

Other winners at last night’s awards — officially titled Marshall Classic Rock Roll Of Honour Awards — included former Guns ‘N’ Roses guitarist Slash who was given Album of the Year for his solo debut.

The Stoke-born musician triumphed for his self-titled album beating releases by artists such as Kiss, Wolfmother and Iron Maiden.

Veteran act AC/DC were named band of the year at the event. The Aussie rock act — fronted by British singer Brian Johnson — are still one of the world’s biggest live draws 37 years after forming and enjoyed a number one album for their Iron Man 2 soundtrack.

Stars who have featured among the line-ups of pioneering heavy rock act Black Sabbath were individually awarded three honorary titles at the bash.

Late singer Ronnie James Dio was awarded the Tommy Vance Inspiration prize, while bass player Geezer Butler was named “metal guru”.

Glenn Hughes — who has played with Deep Purple and briefly fronted Sabbath in the mid 1980s — was given the Childline Rocks award.

Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones — now one-third of rock supergroup Them Crooked Vultures, alongside Dave Grohl and Josh Homme — was honoured for his outstanding contribution.

Shock-rocker Alice Cooper and TV presenter Sarah Cawood hosted the awards organised by Classic Rock magazine.

Canadian rock trio Rush were presented with the Living Legend award, following in the footsteps of Cooper himself, as well as Ozzy Osbourne and Iggy Pop. Frontman Geddy Lee picked up the prize.

Roy Wood — who has charted with The Move, ELO and Wizzard — won the classic songwriter prize. And post-punk band Killing Joke — which was the springboard for composer Jaz Coleman — won the inspiration prize.

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