The Guiding Light Award, for an inspirational musician who is “pushing the boundaries”, went to Steven Wilson, best known as founder member of Grammy-nominated British band Porcupine Tree.
Wilson said that bands like Radiohead and Muse had helped change negative mainstream attitudes towards progressive music.
“I think now progressive is once again something desirable - it’s good to have on your CV - I honestly never thought I’d live to see the day.”
Wilson, who started Porcupine Tree as a solo project in his bedroom in the late 1980s, thanked his late father for introducing him to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon when he was a boy. He added: “When you discover progressive music you feel special - it makes you part of a very exclusive club.” [x]