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First International Rock Awards Given

June 1, 1989

NEW YORK (AP) _ The First International Rock Awards paid tribute to the King of rock ‘n’ roll and honored a living legend as well.

The latest awards show from the music world was the work of producers Bill Zysblat, Tony Eaton and Peter Grosslight, who sought to capitalize on one of rock’s icons.

The promoters received permission from the estate of Elvis Presley to use the late performer’s name and presented foot-high statues of Elvis at Wednesday night’s ceremony.

Album of the year went to ″Volume One (Traveling Wilburys),″ which combined the talents of George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and the late Roy Orbison.

Guns N’ Roses was named artist of the year.

The band Living Colour won honors as newcomer of the year, and Elvis Costello got an Elvis for songwriter of the year.

The Amnesty International tour won the award for tour of the year.

Atlantic Records’ 40th Anniversary cable television special won best media production of the year.

The awards ceremony took place in a Manhattan armory and was broadcast on ABC-TV. The winners were selected by a musicians, performers and industry executives.

In addition, an all-star band of the year was named including Madonna as lead female vocalist, U2′s Bono as lead male vocalist, Eric Clapton on guitar, Sting on bass, Steve Winwood on keyboards and Phil Collins on drums.

Clapton, Keith Richards, Tina Turner, David Bowie, Sheila E., Living Colour, Dave Edmunds and Clarence Clemmons jammed to end the show.

Richards, of Rolling Stones fame, received an honorary Living Legend Award. ″The legend bit’s easy, the living’s hard,″ he said.

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