John Kennedy was awarded this year’s Xfm Inspiration Award on Monday night, recognising his 20 years at the station making really rather good radio shows.
The award is usually presented to musicians – previously artists including Mick Jones of The Clash and The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas have won it – and Kennedy had been told that he would be handing it over to Mumford & Sons this year in the middle of the Xfm Winter Wonderland show at London’s Brixton Academy on Monday. However, when he took to the stage it was the band who presented the award to him.
Speaking after receiving the award, Kennedy said: “There are too many highlights to mention from my years at Xfm but this is definitely up there. I feel honoured to receive this award”.
Ted Dwayne from Mumford & Sons added: “John’s had a place in our hearts before we were even a band. We all grew up in London listening to Xfm, listening to ‘X-posure’, as any self-respecting teenager does in London, and John showed us loads of great music and continues to do so for loads of people every night of the week and we’re just really grateful that John does what he does and stays true it”.
Prior to the presentation, a video of artists, including Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller, Guy Garvey and Brett Anderson, all paying tribute to Kennedy, was played. And you can watch that video too, right here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzKgb5GyFOM
And to find out more about Kennedy’s illustrious career in radio, have a read of this interview he did with us earlier this year, ahead of appearing at the CMU-programmed Great Escape convention in Brighton in May.
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