Primal Scream, Mark Ronson named winners of O2 Silver Clef Awards

Rita Ora will also get prize at July ceremony from music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins

Primal Scream, Mark Ronson and Rita Ora have been named as the winners of the O2 Silver Clef Awards, the annual trophies from music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins.

Nordoff Robbins uses music as therapy to work with disadvantaged and vulnerable people across the UK. It was founded in 1975 by composer Paul Nordoff and special needs educator Clive Robbins.

Primal Scream will receive the Investec Icon award at the charity’s ceremony on July 3 at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. The band said in a statement: “It’s a real honour. We are looking forward to the event.”

Mark Ronson said of his American Express Innovation Award: “The O2 Silver Clef Awards is an event I’ve long admired, raising funds for Nordoff Robbins music therapy, a cause which I feel passionate about.” Best Female Award winner Rita Ora said: “I feel honoured. It’s great to be recognised by Nordoff Robbins, a charity which uses music to transform the lives of so many people.”

Previously announced ahead of the July ceremony are O2 Silver Clef Award winners Iron Maiden and PPL Classical winners Il Divo.

The first awards were held in 1976, when The Who were presented with the Silver Clef Award by Twiggy. Others of the 163 winners over the years have included David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Pink Floyd. The awards have raised £8.5 million for Nordoff Robbins.