Iggy Pop to get Lifetime Achievement prize at Live Music Awards

Iggy Pop will receive the Freddie Mercury Lifetime Achievement Award at the Vodafone Live Music Awards tonight (19.09.07).

The 60-year-old punk rocker, whose career has spanned five decades, was chosen by a panel of music experts for his electric live performances and iconic anthems.

Iggy said: “The live show is the real nitty gritty baby, and when it’s done well, it is the most potent form of entertainment and politics. It is evolution made manifest and without it, we would all die or wish we were. I want to thank Vodafone, I want to thank its UK panel. I want to thank the fans that put me up on the stage for so long.”

The award is named after late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, who was renowned for his incredible live performances.

The Lust for Life singer, who has been dubbed the Godfather of Punk, is famed for his wild onstage antics, which include stage diving, cutting himself with broken bottles, vomiting and exposing his appendage.

The judging panel, who selected all the nominees for this year’s awards, comprised of music industry insiders including representatives from Music Week magazine and major record labels.

This year’s ceremony sees Lily Allen battle rival Amy Winehouse, KT Tunstall and newcomer Kate Nash for Best Live Female.

James Morrison, Mark Ronson, Mika and Jamie T will go head-to-head for Best Live Male, while Muse are pitted against Kaiser Chiefs, Kasabian and The Arctic Monkeys in the Best Live Act category.

Acts confirmed to perform tonight at Brompton Hall, include Stereophonics, CSS, Enrique Iglesias, the Manic Street Preachers, Athlete, Kate Nash and Calvin Harris.

50 Cent cancelled his scheduled appearance after his hip-hop rival Kanye West won the UK leg of their chart battle on Sunday (16.09.07).