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Winehouse_crop Amy Winehouse tops a week in which she’s enjoyed the patronage of Prince with three nominations in the votable categories of this year’s MOJO Honours List. The shortlist, derived from votes by MOJO magazine readers and users of this here web site, also stars the, er, stellar likes of Bob Dylan, The Arctic Monkeys, The Who, Midlake, Grinderman, The Good, The Bad & The Queen and Arcade Fire. Click below for details…

See below for all the nominations in all the votable categories, and nod your head approvingly when MOJO’s editor-in-chief Phil Alexander states: “This year the nominees really do reflect the very best in modern music. Previous awards bashes have seen everyone from James Brown to the Jesus And Mary Chain recognised, and, trust me, this year’s line-up will be equally varied, iconic and inspired. More than anything, The MOJO Honours List 2007 will underline just how much music actually matters in 2007.”

And come back later for news and gossip from the launch shows...

1. The MOJO Song Of The Year [supported by BBC 6 Music]

Phil Alexander: “Whether it's to do with the advent of downloading or not, the last 12 months have marked the rebirth of the song. This category reflects as much, with five diverse tracks that have provided us with a genuine soundtrack to what's going on - culturally, emotionally and, of course, musically.”

* Amy Winehouse – Rehab
* Arctic Monkeys – Brianstorm
* The Gossip – Standing In The Way Of Control
* Guillemots – Made Up Love Song No 43
* The View – Same Jeans

2. The MOJO Best Album [sponsored by Ford Transit]

Phil Alexander: “From hearing the demos of Amy Winehouse's Back To Black album to listening to rough mixes of Grinderman's debut and on to a sneak preview of Dylan's latest offering, the MOJO team has enjoyed celebrating a remarkable 12 months in music. The nominees for the Best Album category prove as much once again, both in terms of diversity as well as depth.”

* Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
* Bob Dylan – Modern Times
* The Good The Bad And The Queen – The Good The Bad And The Queen
* Grinderman – Grinderman
* Midlake – The Trials Of Van Occupanther

3. The MOJO Compilation Of The Year

Phil Alexander: “At a time of endless home-made playlists, it may seem a little perverse for MOJO to add a category that celebrates compilations, but in an age where everything is available all the time, these nominees prove that for real music fans the importance of quality compilations has increased. In fact, this category celebrates the bespoke filtering that's provided by a collection when it's lovingly compiled”

* Change Is Gonna Come: The Voice Of Black America 1963-1973 (Ace)
* Jonny Greenwood Is The Controller (Trojan)
* Rough Trade Shops: Counterculture 1976 (V2)
* Soul Gospel Volume 2 (Soul Jazz)
* White Bicycles: Making Music In The 1960s - The Joe Boyd Story (Fledgling)

4. The MOJO Best Live Act [supported by MOJO Radio]

Phil Alexander: “From bespoke festivals like All Tomorrow's Parties to club shows and on to enormodomes, the live scene right now is remarkably vibrant, reflecting just how excited people are about music as a whole. The nominees in this category illustrate the fact that it doesn't matter whether you've been around for four years or 40 years. The criterion is still the same: can you still cut it?”

* Amy Winehouse
* Arcade Fire
* Arctic Monkeys
* The Stooges
* The Who

5. The MOJO Breakthrough Act

Phil Alexander: “MOJO has always been proud to champion new music, and this year it’s been a vintage year for that. This category features just a few of the artists that we've supported over the last 12 months and whose music has fired up the imagination of the magazine's readers.”

* The Hold Steady
* Joanna Newsom
* Midlake
* Seasick Steve
* The View

6. The MOJO Catalogue Release of the Year [Sponsored by HMV]

Phil Alexander: “As ever this category celebrates the creativity involved in repacking classic material and introducing it to both new and established audiences. From the vault-raiding of the compilers, through to the loving attention of the designers and sleevenote writers, all five of these nominees are examples of just how to give hardcore music fans packages which they can genuinely luxuriate and immerse themselves in.”

* Gram Parsons – The Complete Reprise Sessions (Reprise/Rhino)
* Fairport Convention – Live At The BBC (Universal Island)
* Various – Forever Changing: The Golden Age Of Elektra Records 1963-1973 (Rhino)
* Johnny Cash – At San Quentin 1969 (Sony BMG)
* Karen Dalton – In My Own Time (Light In The Attic)
* Various – The Complete Motown Singles Vol 6. 1966 (Universal)

7. The MOJO Vision Award

Phil Alexander: “From the resurrection of a ’70s cult classic, to remarkably incisive, heartfelt documentaries, and on to inspired animation and live performances, this category reflects the manner in which DVD provides a further insight into the music itself. Put simply, all six of the nominees possess a must-have quality as far as fans are concerned.”

* Nirvana – Live! Tonight! Sold Out! (Universal)
* Slade – Slade In Flame (Union Square Music)
* Ronnie Lane – The Passing Show The Life And Music of Ronnie Lane (Eagle Vision)
* Gorillaz – Phase Two: Slowboat To Hades (Parlophone)
* T.Rex – T.Rex On TV (Demon Vision)
* Townes Van Zandt – Be Here To Love Me (Snapper)

The MOJO Honours List ceremony will take place on June 18 at The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London, EC1 and will also include a number of merit awards bestowed by the magazine team, including The MOJO Hall Of Fame Award, The MOJO Les Paul Award, The MOJO Icon, The MOJO Lifetime Achievement Award, The MOJO Medal Award and The MOJO Maverick Award among others.

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