Courtesy of Prog MagazineEx-Yes frontman Jon Anderson will receive the prestigious Prog God prize at the 2016 Progressive Music Awards, which will take place September 1 at the Underglobe venue in London. The honor acknowledges artists who have been musical innovators throughout their careers.

“After all these years, it’s just wonderful to be getting this very special award,” Anderson says in a statement. “Music has guided me along to this point in my life and I’m forever excited about the new and progressive musical adventures I am given by the gods of music.”

He adds, “Making music is like breathing to me, and I am blessed to be able to create music every day. A very grateful and humble thank you.”

In addition to his decades fronting Yes, which he co-founded with the late Chris Squire, Anderson has collaborated with a wide variety of artists over the years. During the year alone, he’s released collaborative albums with acclaimed jazz-fusion violinist Jean Luc Ponty and Swedish prog-rock guitarist Roine Stolt, and he will launch a tour later this year as part of the new group ARW with former Yes band mates Rick Wakeman and Trevor Rabin.

Meanwhile, Anderson’s recently released record with Stolt, Invention of Knowledge, has been nominated for a 2016 Progressive Music Award in the Album of the Year category. Other artists that will be vying for various awards at the event include Wakeman, David Gilmour, Rush, King Crimson, Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks and Steve Hackett. You can cast your vote for your favorite 2016 Progressive Music Awards nominees at 2016.Prog.Awards.TeamRock.com. The event is organized by the U.K.’s Prog magazine.

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