The Script and Taio Cruz also pick up awards at songwriting celebration

Queen were honoured at last night’s (October 4) BMI songwriting awards in London.

The band, who celebrated the passing of their frontman Freddie Mercury with a series of tributes earlier this summer, were named as Broadcast Music Inc (BMI) Icons at the awards ceremony, an honour that has been given to Peter Gabriel, Ray Davies and Bryan Ferry in the past.

The ceremony, which took place at the Dorchester Hotel, also saw Irish pop band The Script pick up an award for ‘Best Song Of The Year’ for their hit single ‘Breakeven’ and Taio Cruz awarded ‘Best College Song’ for his track ‘Break Your Heart’.

Romanian musicians Edward Maya and Vika Jigulina were awarded ‘Dance Song Of The Year’ for their track ‘Stereo Love’.

Queen have recently announced that they will be putting together their own tribute band, with drummer Roger Taylor spearheading the project.

The outfit, which will be called The Queen Extravaganza, will be put together from open auditions, which Taylor himself will oversee. Asked why, the drummer replied that he believes a lot of the tribute bands aren’t up to scratch and he wants to produce his own.

He said:

Essentially we’re producing our own show using our own footage and production values to make a show because let’s face it, we’re getting a little long in the tooth, but there are an awful lot of tribute bands, some of them good, some of them not good. And we put together something that we felt was purely extraordinary.

For more information about the auditions and the tribute band, visit Queenextravaganza.com.

Meanwhile, watch My Chemical Romance discuss their onstage collaboration with Queen‘s Brian May by clicking on the video below.