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Primal Scream to receive 'icon' award

Image caption Primal Scream came to mainstream attention with their 1991 album Screamadelica

Primal Scream will be named musical icons at the Silver Clef award ceremony in July.

The band, who were instrumental in shaping the indie pop scene in the early 1990s, called the icon award "a real honour".

Singer Rita Ora, a recent judge on The Voice, will be named best female, while music producer Mark Ronson will be given this year's innovation award.

The prizes will be handed out at a lunch in London on 3 July.

The Silver Clef awards, which celebrate their 40th anniversary this year, have raised £8.5m to fund music therapy for vulnerable and isolated people across the UK.

"It's great to be recognised by Nordoff Robbins, a charity which uses music to transform the lives of so many people," said Ora.

Last month, Iron Maiden were announced as this year's winners of the Silver Clef prize for outstanding contribution to music, while pop-opera crossover group Il Divo will pick up the classical prize.

Among the first winners of the coveted Silver Clef were The Who, who picked up a Silver Clef award at the inaugural ceremony in 1976 - and went on to win it a second time in 2005.

Primal Scream were originally formed in Glasgow in 1982 by Bobby Gillespie and Jim Beattie. They came to mainstream attention with album Screamadelica in 1991.

Previous winners of the icon award include Sir Cliff Richard, Dame Vera Lynn, Madness and Fatboy Slim.

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