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Phil Collins, Blondie, Emeli Sande Among Recipients Of 2017 Nordoff Robins O2 Silver Clef Awards

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Phil Collins, Blondie and Emeli Sande have been named among the recipients of the annual Nordoff Robins O2 Silver Clef Awards.

This year’s event is due to take place on Friday, 30 June 2017 at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. Dame Shirley Bassey has been chosen to receive the prestigious Silver Clef, in recognition of her long and successful music career. Speaking ahead of nabbing the title Lionel Richie won in 2016, Dame Shirley said: “I’m honoured to be the recipient of this year’s Silver Clef Award. Music is my career. Music is my life. Music is my friend. Music has been there to celebrate the highs and sooth through the lows.”

Phil Collins is set to receive the Amazon Outstanding Achievement Award on the night, while Blondie will pick up the American Express Icon Award.

Best Female Award is to go to the Scottish soprano Emeli Sande. She said: “I feel so lucky to collect the Jack Daniels Newcomer Award! Music is such a massive part of my life, and I feel proud to be recognised by a charity that uses music to change lives for the better.”

Elsewhere, Chic’s Nile Rodgers will be handed the Raymond Weil International Award and is looking forward to celebrating the work the charity does on the night.

The Chic frontman said: “To be honoured by such a great charity, one which uses music to heal and to help, is a real privilege. Music is such a positive force in this world, and I very much look forward to coming together to recognise that at the O2 Silver Clef Awards.”

Other award winners include Mumford & Sons, who are due to collect the Royal Albert Hall Best Group award and the legendary dance music DJ Pete Tong, who is due to receive the Innovation Award.

The Nordoff Robins O2 Silver Clef Awards, which has been running for 42 years, has raised nearly £10 million to fund the Nordoff Robins charity, who provide music therapy for people of all ages.

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