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Peter Gabriel, ex-Squeeze member Jools Holland among O2 Silver Clef Awards winners

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Peter Gabriel and former Squeeze keyboardist Jools Holland are among the announced winners for the 2022 O2 Silver Clef Awards.

The annual U.K. ceremony is presented by the charity Nordoff Robbins, which provides music therapy to those “living with life-limiting illness, disability and isolation.”

Gabriel will be honored with the top O2 Silver Clef Award, while Holland will receive the Outstanding Achievement Award.

“I’ve always believed the role of music goes way beyond entertainment, and I’m convinced that sound and light have a critical role to play in therapies and healing in the future,” Gabriel says. “It’s wonderful to see Nordoff Robbins using music to reach young people, who otherwise would feel much more isolated and vulnerable, and giving them a means of expressing their emotions.”

Holland, who probably is best known for his work as a U.K. TV host, adds, “I’m so pleased to be chosen for the…Outstanding Achievement Award. I’ve worked with all kinds of musicians in my career, and Nordoff Robbins’ trained music therapists really understand that music evokes different responses in people who may not otherwise be able to connect with the world — for many, this can simply be life changing. I’m happy to add my support to a cause close to my heart.”

Also among the honorees are pop-rock legend Frankie Valli and contemporary rocker Yungblud, who will receive the Icon Award and the Best Live Act Award, respectively.

The 2022 O2 Silver Clef Awards will take place July 1. For more info, visit Nordoff-Robbins.org.uk.

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