June 9, 2011 13:36

Biffy Clyro, Tinie Tempah and Liza Minnelli to be honoured at Nordoff Robbins Silver Clef Awards

The ceremony takes place in London next month

Biffy Clyro, Tinie Tempah and Liza Minnelli to be honoured at Nordoff Robbins Silver Clef Awards

Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

Biffy Clyro, Tinie Tempah and Liza Minnelli are all being honoured at this year's Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards.

The annual ceremony takes place at London's Park Lane Hilton on July 1 as part of a fundraising dinner for the music therapy charity, which uses musical techniques to treat people with a range of conditions.

Biffy Clyro will be honoured with the title of Royal Albert Hall Best British Band, while Tinie Tempah will be named TAG Design And Interactive Best British Newcomer. Meanwhile, Status Quo will receive the Sony Ericsson Lifetime Achievement Award, Alfie Boe gets the PPL Classical Award and Annie Lennox picks up the O2 Silver Clef Award itself.

But the biggest fanfare of the day will go to Liza Minnelli. The Cabaret star will receive the Investec Icon Award. She said: "What a great honour it is to receive this prestigious award. The work of Nordoff Robbins helps so many people, and I am truly delighted to be invited to the Silver Clef Awards this year."

Minnelli is returning to the UK this summer for her first British dates since 2008. She released a new album, 'Confessions', this week.

Nordoff Robbins chairman David Munns said: "We are extremely pleased to be awarding Liza Minnelli with the Investec Icon Award. She is a true star and such a magnificent artist, we are very proud to be honouring her at the awards in July."

He continued: "Our work at Nordoff Robbins is life-changing. Since the Silver Clef Awards began 36 years ago, they have raised over £8 million for Nordoff Robbins, allowing us to use music to transform the lives of many thousands of disadvantaged and vulnerable people – but we still have a long way to go to ensure we can deliver our music services to all those who need them."

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