The Alarm’s Mike Peters won the Welsh Music Inspiration Award at this year’s Welsh Music Prize ceremony.
Peters was awarded for his influence on Welsh-language music and the alternative music scene.
Mike Peters said: “It’s a real honor to be recognized in Wales by the prestigious Welsh Music Awards.
“When we started in 1977, being from Rhyl/Wales put us at a huge disadvantage, but we overcame the hurdle by releasing our self-financed single ‘Unsafe Building’ and touring the US as complete unknowns with our mates Bono and U2. I did .
“Our song ‘The Stand’ soon changed all that by being played everywhere on US radio. We even appeared on American Bandstand before miming a Sixty Eight song on Top of the Pops (where we were mistakenly described as an American band by the presenter).
“We were and still are Welsh and even though (from Royal), we couldn’t speak the language – our music did it for us and the fans understood with people like Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen, who saw the value of our music and shared the stage. Accepting us into their world by performing and singing along with themselves and the band.
“Last year we broke new ground by writing, recording and releasing an album ‘War’ in 50 days during the lockdown. We have always pushed the boundaries and from where I stand now, we will continue to do so.”
‘of great importance’
The inspirational musician has fought a nearly 30-year battle with cancer, living with chronic lymphocytic leukemia and a compromised immune system.
In May he was taken to the hospital where he was diagnosed with severe pneumonia, which laid him down for several months, and was re-hospitalized after a relapse in leukemia treatment.
Huw Stephens of the Welsh Music Prize said his award was well deserved.
“Every year we recognize someone who we think is hugely important to the music scene in Wales, and they win the Welsh Music Inspiration Award,” he said.
“This year we’re showing our love for a musician from Prestatyn. In 1981 he formed The Alarm which achieved huge international success. Wells has always been at the heart of Mike’s music and vision, with the annual gathering for Alarm fans in Llandudno a reminder of the close-knit community his music creates.
“Mike’s numerous musical projects have captured the imagination and seen him travel the world.
“His musicianship, his lyricism, his work ethic and his exceptional good vibes are truly an inspiration, and we are thrilled to present Mike Peters with the Welsh Music Inspiration Award for 2022.”
The Welsh Music Awards are held at the Millennium Center in Cardiff.
Adwaith won the main £10,000 prize, becoming the first band to win the prize twice.
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