Rush Still Rules – Toronto Rockers Dominate 2013 Music Express Awards
Rush may be entering the Rock Hall Of Fame this April but they’ll need to find even more room in their trophy showcase. The legendary rock trio of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart scored three major awards in the 2013 Sennheiser Music Express Awards announced today, claiming the Top Group. Top Live Act Arena and Top CD release for their ‘Clockwork Angels’ record.
The online awards, determined is a polling by the readers of the Music Express Digital magazine, resulted in Saskatoon’s Sheepdogs claiming the Top Live Act Club and Top Single Release (“The Way It Is”) awards. Burton Cummings also scored two wins as Top Male Vocalist and Top Compilation Release for his ‘Live At Massey Hall’ CD.
Other winners were Feist who claimed Top Female Vocalist and The Spoons who captured the Back In the Spotlight award for their Arias & Symphonies re-release and concert appearances.
Burton Cummings wins Top Male Vocalist and Top Compilation[/caption]“Music Express is thrilled by the response to our first annual digital awards balloting,” noted ME’s editor-in-chief Keith Sharp. “We established the awards to re-shine the spotlight on Canadian classic rock artists and we purposely set it up as a popularity vote so that ME readers would be the sole factor In determining who won the awards.
Rush continue to dominate classic rock circles and they collected 32.1% of the Top Group voting, beating out second place The Tragically Hip who attracted 22.6% of the vote. Rush’s Clockwork Angels took first place in the Top CD Release category with 29.8 of the vote, beating out Neil Young whose Psychedelic Pill pulled 22.6% of the response.
Saskatoon’s Sheepdogs maintained their momentum by easily winning Top Single for their “The Way It Is” track scoring 60.2%, well ahead of Colin James whose “Stone Faith” track pulled 12.8% of the vote.
Burton Cummings made a triumphant return to Canada’s music scene, locking up Top Male Vocalist honors with 33.3% of the returns ahead of Neil Young who attracted 31.5% of the vote. His Live At Massey release pulled 32.9% of the vote, beating out Blue Rodeo’s ‘1967-1993’ best of release.
Another close winner was Feist who claimed Top Female Vocalist with 26.2% ahead of Alanis Morissette who notched 23.6% and The Spoons who were acknowledged as Back In the Spotlight comeback winners with 28.8% of the vote, just beating out Platinum Blonde who scored 26.8%
All winners will receive a unique microphone award courtesy of Sennheiser Canada.
The complete percentage breakdown of all awards is featured below. For those who voted for their favourites, thanks for your participation. For those who didn’t, hopefully we will get you involved in our 2014 balloting.
Photo Credits: Charles Hope (Rush), Ted Van Boort (Burton Cummings, The Spoons)