Photographer Kevin Cummins and Steven Wells honoured at music industry awards

Record Of The Day Awards celebrates journalists, press officers and photographers

Former NME photographer Kevin Cummins was honoured for a career in rock photography last night (November 26).

The snapper, who worked for NME for over 25 years – for ten years he was chief photographer and was responsible for a variety of images including the iconic Stone Roses paint cover (pictured) – picked up the Outstanding Contribution To Music Photography at the Record Of The Day Awards in London.

Other winners at the music industry event included press officer Alan Edwards, who received the Outstanding Contribution To Music PR award, and NME contributing editor Peter Robinson for his site


The night also saw late music journalism legend Steven Wells honoured with “a minute of noise” at the end of the ceremony.

The full list of winners is:

Best Blog
No Pain In Pop

Best PR Campaign for a Breakthrough non-UK Act
Lady Gaga – Polydor

Live Reviews: Writer of the Year
John Doran, The Quietus, NME

Free Music Magazine of the Year
The Stool Pigeon


Best PR Campaign for a Breakthrough UK Act
Florence and the Machine – Toast

Best Music Coverage in the Popular Press
The Sun – Something For The Weekend

Best PR Campaign for an Established UK Act
Dizzee Rascal – XL Michael Cleary

Record Reviews: Writer of the Year
Alexis Petridis – The Guardian

Best Music Coverage in a National Newspaper
The Guardian

Best PR Campaign for an Established non-UK Act
Jay-Z – Atlantic

Digital Publication of the Year
The Quietus

Best In-House PR Person
Adrian Read – Polydor

Best In-House PR Department

Breaking Music: Writer of the Year
Peter Robinson – Popjustice

Feature of the Year
Warp Records’ 20th Anniversary Feature – Clash Magazine

PR Reputation Management
Michael Cleary formerly at XL – Dizzee Rascal

Best Independent PR Person
Beth Brookfield – Purple PR

Best Independent PR Company

Editor of the Year
Mike Williams – Kruger

Magazine of the Year
Observer Music Monthly

Outstanding Contribution to Music PR
Alan Edwards

Outstanding Contribution to Music Photography
Kevin Cummins

Outstanding Contribution to Music Journalism
Phil Alexander