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Kate nominated Artist and Live Event of the Year at the Prog Awards!

Kate and David Rhodes perform Aerial live

Prog awards logoThe Orange Progressive Music Awards take place on Thursday September 3rd at Underglobe, beneath Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre on London’s Southbank. They will be presented by Matthew Wright.

From the awards site: “It’s the night when the glitterati of the prog world gather to honour talent old and new, from those acts making their first tentative forays into the wider musical world, to the prog overlords who have been there, done it and are now receiving a well-deserved slap on the back for their endeavours.”

We can all vote for Kate in two categories: Artist of the Year and Live Event of the Year. Click here to register and vote!

Kate nominated for two Q Magazine Awards!



Kate has been nominated in two categories in this year’s Q Magazine awards – Best Live Act and Best Act in the World Today. From the Q website:

“Kate Bush‘s comeback residency at London’s Eventim Apollo after a 35-year absence from the stage earns her first ever nomination for Best Live Act presented by The Cavern Club. She’s also nominated for the coveted Best Act In The World Today Award presented by Buster + Punch.”

Nominees for Best Live Act are: Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Kate Bush, Jack White

Nominees for Best Act in the World Today: Arctic Monkeys, Pharrell Williams, Kasabian, Kate Bush, Arcade Fire

Read more at the Q website here.

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Kate nominated as “Prog Goddess”

Something Else reports: “Ian Anderson, Jon Anderson, Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hillage, Rick Wakeman and Roger Waters will vie for the title of ‘Prog God’ in the first annual Progressive Music Awards, to be held this September in London. Sponsored by Prog Magazine, the ceremony will also include lifetime achievement recognition for a list of nominees that includes Emerson Lake and Palmer, Genesis, Jethro Tull, Moody Blues, Pink Floyd, Van der Graaf Generator and Yes ….”

Kate is apparently up for the “Visionary” Award – “The spirit of prog independence, the rogues in our midst who make their own niche in a progressive direction” with Hawkwind, Kraftwerk, Radiohead, Muse, Can, and Peter Hammill.

Kate sends her thanks …

Kate has now posted this message of thanks on

I am so thrilled and honoured that ’50 Words For Snow’ won the South Bank Sky Arts award yesterday. It was a really wonderful event with the most extraordinary collection of artists. I was absolutely delighted to be a part of it and simply stunned by the incredible welcome. Many, many thanks to Melvyn Bragg for such a special day. I wonder if he knows what a total treasure he is?

I have been sent a great long list of comments from you all and I am just completely overwhelmed. Thank you so much for all your kind words and love. You made me cry!  I feel so touched and grateful to have you there and I am over the moon!
                   With love,
                        A very happy Kate xxxxxxxxx

Kate wins South Bank Sky Arts Award!

South Bank Show awards

Kate has won the prestigious pop award at this year’s South Bank Sky Arts Awards ceremony in London today. Sir Tom Jones presented Kate with her award.

Update: Kate has posted this on her official site:

UPDATE : A message from Kate …

I am so thrilled and honoured that ’50 Words For Snow’ won the South Bank Sky Arts award yesterday. It was a really wonderful event with the most extraordinary collection of artists. I was absolutely delighted to be a part of it and simply stunned by the incredible welcome. Many, many thanks to Melvyn Bragg for such a special day. I wonder if he knows what a total treasure he is?

I have been sent a great long list of comments from you all and I am just completely overwhelmed. Thank you so much for all your kind words and love. You made me cry!  I feel so touched and grateful to have you there and I am over the moon!
With love,
A very happy Kate xxxxxxxxx


From the Irish Independent:

“Reclusive singer Kate Bush pipped Adele to a prestigious prize after her latest album was recognised at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards. 50 Words For Snow won the Pop Award at the central London ceremony, beating Adele’s Grammy-winning bestseller 21 and PJ Harvey’s Let England Shake which was also nominated. It is Kate’s first set of completely new songs since 2005 when she released Aerial. The awards at the Dorchester Hotel, on Park Lane, also saw wins for BBC1’s Sherlock, Channel 4’s Fresh Meat and the musical Matilda. The awards were hosted by Melvyn Bragg who said the judges had faced an “impossible decision this year”. He said: “With such a strong and vibrant array of winners, from Kate Bush to Matilda, to the ENO, this is a wonderful opportunity to praise the incredible wealth of artistic brilliance we have in this country.”

Kate gets South Bank Award

Fantastic achievement for Kate! Huge congratulations, we are over-the-moon!! The awards show is televised tonight on Sky Arts HD at 9pm.

Speaking backstage at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards where he presented a gong to Kate Bush, Sir Tom Jones revealed he would like to team up with Kate. He said: “If Kate could come up with a song I would gladly do it with her.”

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Daily Mail 2nd May 2012

Zelo Street Blog takes the Mail to task.

Kate Bush’s snow shows footprints worth following

Article by Graeme Thompson in Friday’s Guardian:

The veteran risk-taker’s Ivor Novello-listed album maps out a future for female musicians, according to one of her famous fans …

The nomination this week of Kate Bush‘s latest album, 50 Words for Snow, for an Ivor Novello award is an acknowledgement of the profound influence she continues to exert …

Anna Calvi, whose eponymous debut album was nominated for the Mercury music prize and a 2012 Brit award, believes that Bush, with her 2005 album Aerial and 50 Words For Snow … is mapping out a new future for female musicians. “I like the fact that she’s embracing her age, her family and her life, and that it doesn’t mean that you still can’t be a really amazing artist,” she says. “That’s what I’d like to imagine myself being like in 20 years’ time. I love how unafraid she is of taking risks. She does some crazy things on her records, especially with her voice. It sounds like there is a complete surrender to her art, and I find that really inspiring.”

Amanda Palmer, of acclaimed punk cabaret duo the Dresden Dolls, believes one of the reasons that Bush remains so important is that “she’s a creator, not a reactor”. Palmer says: “You can tell that she explores and translates the muses inside, as opposed to pleasing the worlds outside. Artists like this – the ones who don’t muddy the connection – should be revered like gods.

Ivor Novello: let’s hear it for the girls

Neil McCormick in the Daily Telegraph:

In the Ivor Novello award nominations announced yesterday, the Best Album category was a women’s only event. It is the first time this has happened in the award’s 68 year history. As I have suggested before, women are taking over popular music. And what women they are. You cannot argue with these nominations: three pop generations of bold and brilliant singer-songwriters, each carving their own unique path through what has been a male dominated industry.

The extraordinary sonic adventuress Kate Bush is 53, and has been making unique, almost wilfully eccentric yet open and accessible music since 1978. Over decades in which the vast majority of female pop role models were expected to be little more than eye and ear candy, she was a beacon for high-minded female pop, forging a body of work that, in it’s interior psychology and ornate beauty, was somehow inherently feminine.

She spent most of two decades in maternal semi-retirement, but with last year’s 50 Words For Snow she demonstrated that she has lost none of her uniqueness of vision or magical touch. Popular music can be a cruel forum for aging but, like the greatest of artists, Bush has held her position with originality and maturity, and deserves to be lauded again …

Kate nominated for Ivor Novello Award

NME: “Adele, Kate Bush and PJ Harvey have landed nominations for best album at next month’s Ivor Novello awards, the first time that all the nods in the Best Album category are for women …

Album Award
’21’ by Adele
’50 Words For Snow’ by Kate Bush
‘Let England Shake’ by PJ Harvey.

The Ivor Novello Awards celebrate, honour and reward excellence in songwriting and composing.  They are presented and judged by the writing community.

Kate, Adele, and PJ Harvey up for 2012 South Bank Sky Arts Award

Daily Telegraph 2nd April: 

Three female singers will go head-to-head in the pop music category for the sixteenth South Bank Sky Arts Awards.

The 2012 list is female-only, with PJ Harvey’s Let England Shake and Kate Bush’s 50 Words For Snow going up against Adele’s best-selling 21 …”

Kate congratulates Adele on her Brit Award win

Kate Brits 2012

On her official site tonight, Kate has warmly congratulated her fellow-nominee Adele, who won the Best British Female at this week’s Brit Awards. Kate writes:

Thank you and congratulations

From Kate… I am so thrilled to have been nominated in the BRIT Awards. It really meant a lot to be placed among such talented artists.  Many, many congratulations to Adele. She is just fantastic and really deserved to win.


Adele at the Brits

50 Words nominated for London Music Awards

According to the blurb, The London Awards for Art and Performance are “the country’s most expansive awards and recognises artists and performers across many art-forms. Each is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to their art form.”  The nominees themselves will be asked to select their top 3 in their category (excluding themselves) and from that the organisers will arrive at a shortlist to be announced in Spring 2012.

Kate has now been nominated for her new album 50 Words for Snow.

Kate nominated for Best British Female Artist & Best British Album at the Brit Awards!

The nominations for the 2006 Brit Awards have been announced this evening. Kate has been nominated for two Brit Awards; Best British Female Solo Artist and Aerial has been nominated for Best British Album. The awards, hosted by Chris Evans, take place in Earls Court on Wednesday February 15th (and will be televised on ITV1 the following evening). Kate’s nominations will be formally announced by host Sarah Cox at the nominations launch party at Riverside Studios tonight. In the British Female Solo Artist nominees Kate is joined by Charlotte Church, Katie Melua, KT Tunstall and Natasha Bedingfield. In the Best British album shortlist she is joined by Coldplay (X&Y), Gorillaz (Demon Days), James Blunt (Back To Bedlam) and Kaiser Chiefs (Employment). ITV will be devoting hours of airtime prior to the awards to four weekly “Brits Are Coming” programmes on ITV1 with additional coverage on ITV2. King Of The Mountain is included on the accompanying 2-CD Brit Awards Album 2006 which is out on February 6th. This release also includes the King Of The Mountain video. Congratulations to Kate on this richly deserved recognition! Read more at the official Brit Awards site here. UPDATE: Kate did not win either award on the night but she has expressed her happiness with the nominations on her official website.

Kate Wins Ivor Novello Award For Outstanding Contribution To British Music!

The BBC have just reported that Kate is among the musicians honoured at today’s prestigious Ivor Novello Awards ceremony in London. The awards, now in its 47th year,  honour the contribution of songwriters, composers and music publishers to the industry in 2001, selected by the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters.

On receiving her award Kate said: “It’s so special to be thought of as a songwriter. This means so much to me, I’ll really treasure this.”

From the BBC News report: “Dido, Kate Bush and the team behind Kylie Minogue’s recent smash hit (incl Cathy Dennis) have won Ivor Novello songwriting awards, marking a success for women songwriters….veteran singer-songwriter Kate Bush completed the successes for women with her award for heroutstanding contribution to British music.” The ceremony this afternoon was at the Grosvenor House hotel in London’s Park Lane.

Update 24th May 2002:Ben on the guestbook writes:”BBC Radio 2 gave excellent coverage to Kate last night. They played Kate’s very emotional acceptance speech. Stated that she is probably the most respected British female of the last 3 decades and for many her appearance was the highlight of the awards. They then played pieces of SIX of Kate’s songs including Moments and The Dreaming. She sounded amazingly touched by the accolade and it was a real delight to hear her..” (thanks Ben). The man pictured here who presented Kate with her award is broadcaster Paul Gambicini.

Big thanks to John Harper for these pictures from this morning’s GMTV news report – see all of his images at his site here.

Kate with her award
Kate with Sting at the Ivor Novello Awards

More From This Month’s Q Magazine

Kate with John Lydon

As far as Q Magazine were concerned, the magic moment of the awards came when Kate persuaded John Lydon to sit down and have their picture taken. They write: “Who’d have thought it? Kate Bush out of hiding and JohnKate & John Lydon Lydon proving vaguely approachable!”. John Lydon is asked “You’re obviously quite a fan of Kate Bush?”, to which he replied: “Kate Bush is a true original. It’s not nice that she’s been imitated – Torrid Aimless, sorry, Tori Amos. But Kate Bush is a genuine talent. She went through the same shit I did when she started, “Oh that’s not singing”. Who the f*&k wrote the rules about music?.”

Nigel Godrich, winner of Best Producer for Travis and Radiohead said that the best thing for him so far in 2001 was meeting Kate: “I’m in awe of her. Her records fundamentally enforced what I am as a person. When you listen to stuff as a teenager, you identify with elements in the music. There’s a real hidden wisdom there. It’s beautifully written. If she needs anyone to mix her new album, I’m after the job….I’m going home to listen to Kate.”

Kate chats to DonovanElsewhere Midge Ure wistfully recalled his first encounter with Kate: “It was in the late ’70s and I was in The Rich Kids and we were appearing on a TV show together. I was desperately trying to get off with her and get a lift back in her limo.” QTV (the magazine’s digital televison channel) reports that Midge introduced Fran Healy, Travis lead singer, to Kate, but that he was so in awe of her that he was lost for words! The magazine also pictures Kate chatting to Donovan (Kate recorded his “Lord Of The Reedy River” as the b-side to Sat In Your Lap in 1981).

Mini Interview From The Current Q Magazine

Kate with her awardNovember 11th: As we await the new interview with Kate in next month’s Q here is the transcript of the mini-interview with Kate from the Q Awards on Monday 29th October (from the current edition – see Nov 9th news):

Kate makes her speechWhere are you from and what are you on? I’ve just come from the stage where I’ve picked up my Q Award. I’m not eating anything because I’m too excited. I’ve been drinking water. Bottled, still water of course. What was the best thing about 2001? Giving up smoking, but I’m not a fanatical anti-smoker. What was the last thing you won? An inflatable hammer a few months ago at a fair. Actually, it wasn’t me who won it–it was my son Bertie. I can’t tell you where the fair was because I don’t really want to.Who is the best act in the world today? My son Bertie when he’s doing his Elvis impression. Presley or Costello? Er, Presley. I think. What’s the last record you bought? The Bob the Builder one. Not the Mambo thing, the one before that whatever it is called. Was it for me? Of course it wasn’t. I don’t really keep up with things like that. What’s next? Well, right now a few of us are going for a little drink somewhere. No, I can’t tell you where. More generally, I have to finish off my new album.

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