Birmingham’s Duran Duran will make history tonight when they receive the first ever MTV Video Visionary Award.
The trophy will be handed out at MTV Europe Music Awards which will see Taylor Swift, who has nine nominations, battle with Justin Bieber who has six.
The chart-topping 1980s band will be given the honour for their ‘strong visual presence’ and for influencing a generation of musicians with some of the best pioneering music videos of all time.
Duran Duran, originally comprising Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, Andy Taylor and Roger Taylor, said in a statement: “It is no coincidence that our rise was paralleled by the growth and ultimate world domination of MTV. The birth of music videos as a way to simultaneously bring our music to a global audience revolutionised the business.
“We have worked with some of the most talented directors in the world - without whom we would not be honoured here today. We are really proud to be the recipients of this new award. Thank you, MTV.”
Duran Duran formed in Birmingham in 1978 and played their first gigs at the the Rum Runner .
The group had previously played at Barbarella’s - a city centre club named after the French sci-fi film starring Jane Fonda - and had taken their own name from a character in that same movie who was called Dr Durand Durand.
At the Rum Runner, Duran Duran also became involved with the day-to-day running of the club. Roger Taylor helped out as a glass collector, Andy Taylor polished the mirrors and cooked burgers, John Taylor was on the door and Nick Rhodes did some DJ-ing for £10 a night.
The group became the club’s resident band and the original video for their debut single Planet Earth includes footage of them performing at the Rum Runner in July 1980.
Courtesy Birmingham Mail