Prize Winner Joe Cocker - Category "Lifetime Achievement Music"
The rock and blues singer succeeded in making his international breakthrough in 1968, with the cover version of the Beatles song "With A Little Help From My Friends". Audiences were inspired by his music and impassioned live concerts as early as 1969, when he performed at the Woodstock festival.
During the course of his more than 45-year musical career, he has released 22 studio albums, several live albums, and a multitude of singles. The 68-year-old musician is responsible for world hits like "You Can Leave Your Hat On", "Unchain My Heart" and "Up Where We Belong".
Joe Cocker has received numerous Gold and Platinum awards along with other recognition for his work, including an Oscar.
"Joe Cocker is an exceptional vocalist. His rough and distinctive voice is unique. With it, he has touched the hearts of generations of fans, as only he is able to do," notes HÖRZU.
Laudatory Speech: David Garrett
Photo: © ARNE WEYCHARDT/HÖRZU