Pete Tong receives 2021 Music Industry Trusts Award – Music News

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Music legend, DJ, pioneer and national treasure Pete Tong MBE is this year’s recipient of the prestigious Music Industry Trusts Award (MITS), in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the music and broadcasting industries. Over a career spanning more than thirty years, Tong’s tireless commitment to championing the music he loves has earned him the role of “Global Ambassador of Dance Music”.

Last night’s ceremony (November 1) marked the 30th anniversary of MITS and the occasion was celebrated with an evening of performances at the gala ceremony to benefit the BRIT Trust and Nordoff Robbins in The Great Room, Grosvenor House Hotel. Hosted by acclaimed DJ and presenter DJ Spoony, with performances by some of the longtime friends and collaborators of Pete, New Order, Becky Hill and Norman Jay MBE.

New Order took the house down with an ensemble filled with their most recent anthems and iconic classics “Regret”, “Be A Rebel” before ending with the epic “Blue Monday”. Earlier in the evening, girl of the moment Becky Hill gave a spectacular performance with hits from her and Pete’s Ibiza Classics, including a cover of Robyn’s “With Every Heartbeat”, “Love Can’t Turn Around” and “You” ve Got The Love “, joined by peerless singers Vula Malinga, Brendan Reilly and Holly Petrie, all of whom recently toured with Pete. At the end of the celebrations, Good Times legend Norman Jay MBE ended the evening with a lively DJ set.

Special guests for the evening included: music legend Nile Rodgers, Idris Elba, Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet, Duran Duran frontman Simon Le Bon and his wife Yasmin Le Bon, The Script frontman Danny O’Donoghue and Tallia Storm.

After receiving his award from his friend Idris Elba, Pete told the crowd, “I am truly delighted and honored to receive the MITS Award here because I think it is recognition of the influence and success of the dance music and club culture. Looking around this room, there are so many people who have taken this trip with me, so this is for all of you.

MITS President David Munns said: “We had a wonderful evening last night celebrating Pete Tong’s achievements in the music business. He’s the second DJ and broadcaster to receive the MITS Award, after legend Fluff Freeman, and it’s a moment we increasingly want to happen. In recognizing Pete, we too want to pay tribute to the dance music sector which brings so much talent, energy and excellence to the music industry.

We’ve been doing this for 30 years, celebrating the legends of our industry and more fundamentally, raising funds for Nordoff Robbins and The BRIT Trust. It’s reassuring to know that after three decades there is still a lot of love for good people and good causes.

Pete follows MITS 2019 winners Harry Magee and Richard Griffiths from Modest! Management, and joins the ranks of previous recipients including Emma Banks, Rob Stringer, Sir Lucian Grainge, Ahmet Ertegun, Michael Eavis CBE and Roger Daltrey CBE.

This year, MITS President David Munns will step down after 27 years. He is replaced by Dan Chalmers and Toby Leighton-Pope who will assume the roles of co-chair.

Celebrating its 30th year this year, the Music Industry Trusts Award is recognized as one of the true benchmarks of achievement in the UK music industry and continues to benefit extremely deserving causes year after year. The MITS Award supports two major charities, the BRIT Trust and Nordoff Robbins, and is sponsored by PPL, SJM Concerts, YouTube and Spotify. The latest tables are available, to register, visit:

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