Best Male Artist: Johnny Marr
There are few artists in music who possess the inherent ability to create a buzzing atmosphere at any gig simply by strolling around the stage wielding their signature guitar or rhythmically swaying from side to side behind a primely placed microphone. Yet much like his most prominent former-Smiths cohort, Johnny Marr remains one of the true masters of this craft. It’s been an eventful year for the much-loved Manc: having released his sophomore solo record to critical acclaim, co-composing the motion picture soundtrack for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with his ol’ pal Hans Zimmer, and becoming the first ever recipient of the Gibson Les Paul Award at the Q Awards to name but a few.
All the while embarking on an October UK tour that included a fabled homecoming show at the legendary Manchester Apollo – at which, a number of times Johnny got pretty nostalgic to say the least. A hugely memorable night and tour for all who attended, as I’m sure even the most casual of fans are aware: the man always dedicates an unassailably generous amount of time and is unfailingly kind to those who support him. That and all the aforementioned, is why Mr. Johnny Marr gets our nod as this year’s Best Male Solo Artist.
Words by Alex Graham
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