Godfather Of Soul For U.K. Hall Of Fame

Soul legend James Brown will enter the U.K. Music Hall of Fame following a special induction ceremony at London’s Alexandra Palace November 14th.

Others lined up for entry this year include Dusty Springfield, Led Zeppelin, Rod Stewart, Bon Jovi, Beatles producer Sir George Martin and former Beach Boy Brian Wilson.

The Hall of Fame was created in 2004 for artists who are considered to be integral parts of “U.K. music culture.”

Sir George will receive a special honour which recognizes “his exceptional contribution to British music.”

The event will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2, with recorded highlights shown on Channel 4 in the U.K. November 16th and on VH1 in the U.S. November 25th.

Another artist to be recognised for his “outstanding contribution” is Smokey Robinson, who will receive the honor at Q magazine’s awards.

Chart-topping Sheffield band Arctic Monkeys is leading the shortlist for this year’s prizes, which coincide with the magazine’s 20th birthday, with a total of four nominations.

The Monkeys, who’ve already won The Mercury Prize, are in the running for best album, best live act, best track and best new act.

Muse is next in line with three nominations, including best album for Black Holes And Revelations.

Muse’s best album rivals include Kasabian, Keane, Razorlight‘s self-titled album, Snow Patrol, and Arctic Monkeys.

“Best act in the world today” nominees are Muse, Coldplay – who won the title last year – Oasis, U2, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

“The Q Awards, uniquely, are voted for by genuine music fans – the Q readers. They are a fine, upstanding body, and once again they have recognized the year’s best music in all its diversity,” magazine editor Paul Rees said.

The winners will be announced at an October 30th ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.

– John Gammon