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Take That awarded second Silver Clef (2009)

Take That

Story by Jack Foley

TAKE That have been awarded their second Silver Clef award in recognition of their 18-year chart career.

The former boy band received their first prize in 1995, months before the departure of Robbie Williams, and picked up their second at a ceremony on July 3, 2009.

The coveted trophy is awarded each year to raise funds for music therapy charity Nordoff-Robins.

Take That have now eclipsed both Sir Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones in terms of winning the accolade as both those music icons have only received the prize once – so far!

In receiving the trophy from Lulu, delighted singer Gary Barlow announced that the band would donate £50,000 to Nordoff-Robins.

The group then departed the ceremony to attend a concert at Wembley Stadium, where they are completing a number of dates as part of a UK-wide stadium tour.

Other awards

Other winners at this year’s Silver Clief awards included Madness, who picked up the Icon award, and Queen, who were named Ambassadors of Rock.

Beach Boys’ frontman Brian Wilson was named Best International Act and dance act N-Dubz were given the Digital Award, in recognition of their success with downloads, ringtones and streaming video.

Welsh rockers Stereophonics were named British Band of 2009, and newcomer La Roux were awarded Best Newcomer.

The annual event, held at London’s Hilton hotel, has so far raised over £7.5m for Nordoff-Robbins. The ceremony also featured an auction of one-off music memorabilia items, including a unique Mini Cooper designed by former Silver Clef recipient Paul Weller.

A £10 note signed by Take That was sold for £2,000, while host Denise Van Outen announced that this year’s event had raised more than £400,000 for the charity.