Prog Magazine renames Grand Design Award in Storm Thorgerson's honour
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 08 August 2013

Progressive Music Awards 2013Prog Magazine, organisers of the Orange Amplification presents Progressive Music Awards, have today announced that they will be renaming the Grand Design Award to the Storm Thorgerson Grand Design Award.

From Pink Floyd's 1968 A Saucerful Of Secrets to Biffy Clyro's 2013 Opposites album, Storm Thorgerson's incredible 45 year career saw him work with artists that included Led Zeppelin, Genesis, Muse, Black Sabbath, 10cc, Dream Theater plus many more.

Storm Thorgerson designs speak for themselves. He created some of the most iconic and striking images in rock including Pink Floyd's The Dark Side Of The Moon and Wish You Were Here. His designs are seen by many as integral to the albums as the music itself. His designs have dominated Best Album Cover polls around the world for many years and will do for years to come.

Storm sadly passed away in April this year, but his legacy will forever live on in his work. Jerry Ewing, Editor of Prog Magazine said: "Storm's contribution to prog rock and beyond is incredible. When we heard of his passing, we felt that it was only right to pay tribute to the man who has given so much to music through his art. This re-titling of the Grand Design award is especially fitting, given that Storm won this award at last year's ceremony for his continued work with Pink Floyd. We are honoured to name this award after him."

Peter Curzon, co-founder of StormStudios and close friend of Storm says: "Winning the award last year for the Pink Floyd 'Immersion' box sets gave Storm great pleasure, but to have the whole award dedicated to him is something that would have at first amused him, but would have made him feel very honoured. It's great that Prog has recognised the impact Storm's work has had on the world of music and album cover design - he loved his work and was always thinking of the next idea - his legacy will now live on not only through his incredible body of work but also through this fantastic event."

This is the second year of the Progressive Music Awards, and with the location so popular with attendees last year, once again it will take place in the stunning and unique surroundings of Kew Gardens on Tuesday, September 3rd, and will be hosted by Gavin Esler.

Voting is open now and a full list of all the categories and nominees can be found at where readers can have their say by voting in the various categories. Readers who register to vote will have the chance to win a bumper prize of prog goodies compiled from nominated acts.