Monday, 30 November 2015

Van's Awards


Van is a much-honoured musician, composer and performer.  His longevity, combined with his unique combination of talents has meant his name is invariably mentioned in most award settings related to music.  The following is an attempt to list his lifetime of achievement. Please let me know what I've missed.

International Honours 


In June of 2015 Van Morrison was awarded an honorary knighthood during the Queen’s annual Birthday Honours celebration.  Sir George Ivan Morrison, received the United Kingdom’s highest individual honour for his “services to the music industry and to tourism in Northern Ireland.”


Order of the British Empire (OBE) (1996)

Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters (1996)  -  from the government of France

Honorary Degrees

Van has received Honorary Doctorates from two universities.  The University of Ulster (1992) awarded him a doctorate in literature while Queen's University Belfast (July 2001) awarded an honorary doctorate of music.  (Though really we all know Van's education came from The School of Hard Knocks (2008)) 

Music Awards 
Morrison has received a number of major music awards in his career, including six Grammy Awards (1996–2007); inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (January 1993), the Songwriters Hall of Fame (June 2003), and the Irish Music Hall of Fame (September 1999).  He also received a Brit Award (February 1994). 


The Hall of Fame inductions began in 1993 with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Morrison was notable for being the first inductee not to attend his own ceremony, so that Robbie Robertson from The Band accepted the award on his behalf. When Morrison became the initial musician inducted into the Irish Music Hall of Fame, Bob Geldof presented Morrison with the award.Morrison's third induction was into the Songwriters Hall of Fame for "recognition of his unique position as one of the most important songwriters of the past century." Ray Charles presented the award, following a performance during which the pair performed Morrison's Crazy Love, from the album, Moondance

Morrison's BRIT Award was for his Outstanding Contribution to British Music. He was presented with the award by former Beirut hostage, John McCarthy, who while testifying to the importance of Morrison's song, Wonderful Remark called it "a song ... which was very important to us."


He has also been awarded an Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1995, the BMI ICON award in October 2004 for Morrison's "enduring influence on generations of music makers", and an Oscar Wilde: Honouring Irish Writing in Film award in 2007 for his contribution to over fifty films, presented by Al Pacino who compared Morrison to Oscar Wilde as they were both "visionaries who push boundaries". 

In April 2006 the mayor of Nashville declared a Van Morrison Day to honour the singer. 

He was voted the Best International Male Singer of 2007 at the inaugural International Awards in Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, London.


Three of Morrison's songs were included in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll: Brown Eyed Girl, Madame George and Moondance.

In September 2014 Van received a Slim Harpo Legend Award for his recognition of the music of Slim Harpo and for his recognition of Louisiana Blues music. Van's rendition of the Slim Harpo song Don't Start Crying Now has been performed by him throughout his career and was one of the first songs that he ever recorded with the band Them in 1964.

In October of 2014 Van received two BMI Million-Air awards for 11 million plays of Brown Eyed Girl and 5 million plays for Have I told you Lately.

In June, 2015 Van received two awards. Tom Jones presented Van with the Prudential BluesFest Lifelong Achievement Award to recognise and acknowledge Van’s contribution to Blues & Soul music. In that same month Van attended the Songwriters Hall of Fame event in New York to receive the Johnny Mercer Award, the highest honour bestowed by the organisation.

Other Awards 

Van Morrison was awarded the GQ Legend Award in September, 2014 at the British GQ Men of the Year Awards. 

Recognition on Lists 


Morrison has also appeared in a number of music lists, including the Time magazine list of The All-Time 100 Albums, which contained Astral Weeks and Moondance, and he appeared at number thirteen on the list of WXPN's 885 All Time Greatest Artists. In 2000, Morrison ranked twenty-fifth on American cable music channel VH1's list of its 100 Greatest Artists of Rock and Roll. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Van Morrison forty-second on their list of Greatest Artists of All Time. Paste ranked him twentieth in their list of "100 Greatest Living Songwriters" in 2006. Q ranked him twenty-second on their list of 100 Greatest Singers in April 2007 and he was voted twenty-fourth on the November 2008 list of Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

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