Mojo's live act award goes to Fleet Foxes

Seattle band beats Radiohead, Leonard Cohen

LONDON -- U.S. band Fleet Foxes beat the likes of Leonard Cohen and Radiohead to land Mojo magazine's best live act award Thursday.

The prize, voted for by readers of the music magazine, cements the Seattle-based quintet's reputation as "one of the greatest live bands in the world," organizers of the awards said.

But it was Fleet Foxes' only prize from three nominations.

Their debut album, released last year, lost out to veteran English rocker Paul Weller's "22 Dreams." The three-time Mojo award winner also beat records by Kings of Leon, Elbow and PJ Harvey and John Parish.

And Manchester group Elbow won the Mojo song of the year category with "One Day Like This," ahead of Fleet Foxes' "White Winter Hymnal."

The 2009 Mojo lifetime achievement award was presented to Yoko Ono, John Lennon's widow and a musician and artist in her own right.

"She may have been married to one of the most famous men in the world, but she also helped change music as we know it," Mojo editor in chief Phil Alexander said.

"She is a huge influence on modern music and this award recognizes her inspirational qualities and ongoing questing."

British act Blur was honored on the night, picking up the Mojo inspiration award ahead of its eagerly anticipated reunion expected to take place this month.

Mott the Hoople, the 1970s English rockers, were honored with a Mojo Hall of Fame award after announcing in January that they would reform for live shows for the first time in 35 years.

Previous winners of the award have included the Specials, the Doors, Elton John, Madness and Arthur Lee.

A full list of Mojo award winners follows:

Breakthrough act
White Lies

Song of the year
Elbow (One Day Like This)

Best live act
Fleet Foxes

Best album
Paul Weller ("22 Dreams")

Compilation of the year
"Take Me to the River: A Southern Soul Story"

Vision Award
Joy Division

Catalog Award
Miles Davis (Kind of Blue 50th Anniversary Edition)

Classic Album Award
The Zombies ("Odessey and Oracle")

Maverick Award
Manic Street Preachers

Hero Award
The Pretty Things

Outstanding Contribution to Music
Joe Brown

Roots Awards
Topic Records

Classic Songwriter Award
Johnny Marr

Mojo Medal
Chris Blackwell/Island Records

Inspiration Award

Icon Award
Phil Lynott

Les Paul Award
Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top)

Hall of Fame
Mott the Hoople

Lifetime Achievement Award
Yoko Ono