Simply Red frontman Mick Hucknall is to receive this year’s PPL Lifetime Achievement Award at The Radio Festival in Manchester.
Hucknall, who will shortly receive an Honorary Doctorate of Music from The University of Manchester for his outstanding contribution to music, will be named among the industry’s most highly celebrated broadcasting talent at the dinner which takes place on the evening of Tuesday 13th November 2012.
Previous winners of the PPL Lifetime Achievement Award, which honours, recognises and celebrates those whose work and dedication has left an indelible mark on the music radio industry, include Sir Paul McCartney, Trevor Horn, Paul Weller, Gary Barlow and last year’s winner Ronnie Wood.
The Award will be presented at the PPL Hall of Fame Dinner, which will be held at The Monastery in Manchester after The Radio Festival. The evening will also include an intimate live music set from the singer. Along with this award, the evening will feature the presentation of this year’s Radio Academy Fellowships plus the induction of a number of UK broadcasting legends into the Radio Academy Hall of Fame.
Clive Dickens, Chairman of the Radio Festival, said: “We are thrilled that Mick is being presented with the PPL Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a true legend of British music and has achieved monumental acclaim. He has had amazing success and has remained at the top of his profession and rarely off the radio for a remarkable 25 years.”
Fran Nevrkla, Chairman of PPL, said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring the Lifetime Achievement Award this year and even more delighted that the recipient is the incredible Mick Hucknall.
“Mick is not only a hugely talented musician but a truly gifted songwriter and he thoroughly deserves this esteemed accolade. We are all looking forward to an enjoyable night.”