John Kennedy Given XFM Inspiration Award

The London leg of XFM's Winter Wonderland with Rocksmith saw John Kennedy being crowned the surprise winner of the XFM Inspiration Award, for 20 years of inspiring music on the station.

John Kennedy with Mumford and Sons

Previously presenting the award to the likes of The Strokes, The Clash, Suede and Manic Street Preachers, this year John was led to believe he would be presenting the accolade to Mumford & Sons before the folk rock band announced that he was the recipient.

A visibly flummoxed JK was handed the award onstage at the O2 Academy Brixton in front of five thousand people... just before Editors took to the stage to round off this year's festive shows. The presentation was preceded by a special video featuring the likes of Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher, Brett Anderson, Elbow and many more XFM luminaries paying tribute to John:

 

Speaking after the gig, the ever modest John continued to try and deflect praise back towards the band.

"Mumford & Sons are an amazing band and I was going to say in my speech, that I prepared for hours, how they are so great. They stuck to themselves, they followed their own vision and they made it work." 

"There are too many highlights to mention from my years at XFM but this is definitely up there," he continued, adding, "I feel honoured to receive this award."

Ted Dwayne from Mumford & Sons said that John's support has meant a lot to them. 

"John's had a place in our hearts before we were even a band.  We all grew up in London listening to XFM, listening to X-Posure as any self-respecting teenager does in London, and John showed us loads of great music and continues to do so for loads of people every night of the week and we're just really grateful that John does what he does and stays true it."

XFM Winter Wonderland 2013