The event was hosted by Duff McKagan (GUNS N’ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER, LOADED) with MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx presenting his Sixx Sense show from the ceremony.
ZZ TOP were presented with the Living Legend Award by last year’s winner, JEFF BECK.
LYNYRD SKYNYRD, who won the Comeback Award, played a 30-minute set for invited guests after a gala dinner.
Classic Rock editor in chief Scott Rowley commented: “You would never know it from listening to the radio or watching TV – but while you were all getting excited about PSY and FUN and NICKI MINAJ, it’s actually been a great year for new rock music.
We’ve heard brilliant new albums from ZZ Top, RUSH, AEROSMITH, KISS, SPRINGSTEEN, SLASH, LYNYRD SKYNYRD and VAN HALEN.
Some great new artists are coming in to their own: RIVALS SONS, TRACER, HOWLIN’ RAIN, GARY CLARK JR – the list goes on.
Classic Rock is proud to keep on supporting rock music, classic and brand new, and the Roll Of Honour has become an office party for the rock industry.”
Classic Rock Roll Of Honour 2012 Winners are:
The Living Legend Award: ZZ Top
Event Of The Year: Ginger Raises £250k
Breakthrough Act Of The Year: Rival Sons
The Musicians’ Union Maestro Award: Phil Manzanera
Tommy Vance Inspiration Award: Jon Lord
Classic Songwriter Award: Russ Ballard
Outstanding Contribution: THE DAMNED
Classic Album Award: STATUS QUO -Live!
V.I.P. Award: Tony Smith
Metal Guru Award: ANTHRAX
Best New Band: Tracer
Album Of The Year: Rush ‘Clockwork Angels’
Reissue Of The Year: PINK FLOYD - Immersion
Film/DVD Award: Pink Floyd - The Story Of Wish You Were Here
Band Of The Year: Rush
Spirit Of Prog Award: FAMILY
Showman Of The Year: Nikki Sixx
Comeback Award: Lynyrd Skynyrd