The Beach Boys, Glamour Women of the Year Awards

30 May

Beach Boys – the legendary US band has announced a UK date amongst its worldwide 50th Anniversary Tour.

All the surviving band members, Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks are already touring the US together for the first time in over 20 years. They will be performing in the UK at Wembley Arena on 28 September.

The American shows have received great reviews with the concerts lasting over 2.5 hours and featuring more than 40 songs from throughout the band’s career which began in 1961. The shows even featured video footage of Brian Wilson’s 2 late brothers Carl and Dennis which the remaining band members joined in with.

The Beach Boys are responsible for a number of classic hits including Good Vibrations, God Only Knows, Sloop John B, California Girls and Fun Fun Fun and are known for a style of music that celebrates summer, the beach and surfing. In fact their music has often been described as surf rock.

The Beach Boys have achieved huge record sales during their career as well as much critical acclaim. Their 1966 album Pet Sounds is regularly cited as one of the top albums of all time. Much like The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper the album was influenced by the psychedelic drugs of the time. Brian Wilson in particular was responsible for the album’s lush sounds, large orchestral arrangements and deeply emotional songs.

It was probably Pet Sounds and 1967’s Smile that were most responsible for Brian Wilson’s reputation as a musical genius. Indeed he is often spoken of in the same breath as Lennon and McCartney. Sadly his creative output was somewhat reduced over the years by his troubles with drugs and mental health problems.

The group is to release a new studio album, their 29th, on 04 June this year. The album, entitled That’s Why God Made The Radio, will be the first for many years to feature all of the surviving members and is produced by Brian Wilson, with executive production by Mike Love.

Tickets for the Beach Boys Wembley concert will go on sale at 9am this Friday 01 June.

Glamour Women of the Year Awards – the main winner on the night was Kylie Minogue who took the Outstanding Contribution Award.

The event was held at Berkeley Square Gardens in London and featured many stars from the US as well as the UK and obviously Australia too. The evening was hosted by Graeme Norton and featured just about every name we have written about over the last few months.

Jessie J took the Best Solo Artist Award which was the first award given out on the night. She has won a lot of new fans after her recent appearances as a judge and mentor on The Voice.  She was wearing a black flapper style outfit from Julien Macdonald and received her award from fellow judge

We then shifted to the other side of the pond for the Comedy Actress of the Year Award which was won by Sofia Vergara for her role as Gloria on ABC’s Modern Family. She was wearing a classic red evening gown from Zac Posen which showed off her curvy figure.

ITV’s X Factor had a couple of winners on the night with former judge Kelly Rowland rather surprisingly winning the TV Personality of the Year Award and Amanda Holden getting the Theatre Actress of the Year Award for her part as Princess Fiona in the musical Shrek.

The full list of award winners for the evening is:

  • Outstanding Contribution – Kylie Minogue
  • Icon – Dionne Warwick
  • Solo Artist – Jessie J
  • UK TV Personality – Kelly Rowland
  • Best Presenter – Holly Willoughby
  • Theatre Actress – Amanda Holden
  • UK TV Actress – Jessica Brown Findlay
  • US TV Actress – Lea Michele
  • Editor’s Special Award – Michelle Dockery
  • Best Band – Florence and the Machine
  • Breakthrough Award – Lily Collins
  • Inspiration Award – Eva Longoria
  • Entrepreneur – Jessica Alba
  • Film Actress – Viola Davis
  • Sporting Achievement – Hayley Turner
  • Man of the Year – Tom Hiddleston
  • Radio Presenter – Fearne Cotton
  • Accessories Designer – Charlotte Olympia Dellal
  • Designer – Donatella Versace
  • Comedy Actress – Sofia Vergara
  • Writer of the Year – Caitlin Moran
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