Steve Hackett and Dream Theater are leading the nominations for the 2019 Progressive Music Awards. The event will return to London’s Underglobe, beneath Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, on 12 September. The event, now in its eighth year, acknowledges the very best progressive artists, releases, events and musicians from the last 12 months.
Both Hackett and Dream Theater have three nominations apiece, followed by a host of acts with two, including King Crimson, Devin Townsend, The Pineapple Thief, Marillion, Big Big Train, Gong, Mostly Autumn, Thumpermonkey and more.
“As usual, it was a tough process to whittle down what starts as a long list for every category into a shortlist of 10 nominees,” says Prog Magazine Editor Jerry Ewing. “The Album Of The Year alone had us agonising over who made the final list, such is the quality of progressive albums released in the last 12 months.”
Previous winners of the prestigious award have included Peter Gabriel, Jon Anderson, Steve Hackett, Carl Palmer and Marillion.
This year, there will be eight categories in which Prog readers, can make their voices heard. These include Video Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Best International Band/Artist, Best UK Band/Artist and Limelight, which showcases the best up-and-coming bands. Fans can cast their votes here for the 2019 Progressive Music Awards.
In addition to the reader-voted categories, there are a further seven awards, which are chosen by prog-rock insiders. These include the Outer Limits, Chris Squire Virtuoso and Industry VIP. This year there’s also a new award for Classic Album.
“It’s a special year for us,” adds Ewing. “The magazine is 10 years old this year, and we’ll have released 100 issues by the time the Awards comes around. We thought it would be nice to start honouring some of the prog world not just for their own individual prowess, but for some of the most amazing albums that have been made in the history of music.
“As always, the magazine staff always get very excited when the issue to announce the nominees is printed. This year is no exception. The double anniversary means we want to make certain this year is one that no one forgets.”
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