Pink Floyd has received numerous awards and accolades throughout their career, recognizing artistic achievements and cultural impact.
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Some of the best awards Pink Floyd received:
The band was nominated for five Grammy Awards, winning one in 1981 for “Best Engineered Non-Classical Album” for The Wall, their ambitious double album and rock opera. The Wall was also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008, along with The Dark Side of the Moon, their landmark 1973 album that stayed on the Billboard charts for 741 weeks. The Dark Side of the Moon is widely regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time, exploring themes of conflict, greed, time and mental illness with innovative sound effects and production techniques.
BAFTA Film Awards
In 1983, Pink Floyd won two BAFTA Film Awards for Pink Floyd – The Wall, the musical film based on their album of the same name. The film was directed by Alan Parker and featured animated segments by Gerald Scarfe. Roger Waters won the award for “Best Original Song Written for a Film” for “Another Brick in the Wall”, the anti-authoritarian anthem that became a worldwide hit and topped the charts in several countries. The film also won the award for “Best Sound”, acknowledging the sonic excellence of Pink Floyd’s music.
The band won three ECHO Awards, Germany’s equivalent of the Grammy Awards, for “Best International Group” in 1995, 2015 and 2017. In 1995, they won for their album The Division Bell, their last studio album with keyboardist Richard Wright, who died in 2008. The Division Bell featured songs that reflected on communication, division and reconciliation, and was accompanied by a massive world tour that included a historic performance at the Berlin Wall. In 2015, they won for their album The Endless River, their final studio album that was based on unreleased material from The Division Bell sessions. The Endless River was a tribute to Wright and a farewell to their fans. In 2017, they won for their live album Pulse, which captured their 1994 tour and featured a complete performance of The Dark Side of the Moon.
Ivor Novello Awards
In 1981, Pink Floyd won the Ivor Novello Award for “International Hit of the Year” for “Another Brick in the Wall”. The Ivor Novello Awards are presented by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors to honor excellence in British music writing. In 1992, Pink Floyd also received the Ivor Novello Award for “Outstanding Contribution to British Music”, acknowledging their influence and innovation in music history.
Progressive Music Awards
In 2012, Pink Floyd won the Progressive Music Award for “Grand Design” for Why Pink Floyd…?, their extensive reissue campaign that featured remastered editions of their albums, rare tracks, live recordings and documentaries. The Progressive Music Awards are presented by Prog magazine to celebrate the best in progressive rock music. In 2015, Pink Floyd was also nominated for “Artist of the Year”, “Album of the Year” and “Grand Design” for The Endless River.
These are just some of the best awards Pink Floyd received, but there are many more that reflect their remarkable achievements and legacy. Pink Floyd is a band that has transcended genres, generations and boundaries with their music, and has inspired many artists and fans around the world.