DJ Pete Tong was honored with the Music Industry Trusts Award (MITS) on Monday evening November 1st in recognition of his outstanding contribution to music.

The 61-year-old dance legend has been selected for his influence on music, his career as a broadcaster on BBC Radio 1 and his work as a record label manager serving artists such as Frankie Knuckles, Goldie, Run DMC and. signed Salz-n-Pepa.

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Tong was presented with his gong by actor and DJ Idris Elba at a lavish ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

After receiving his award from his friend Idris Elba, 49, Tong said:

“I am really excited and humble to stand here and receive the MITS Award because I think this is an acknowledgment of the influence and success of dance music and club culture. If you look around this room, there are so many people who have been with me on this trip, so this is for all of you. “

Star guests of the ceremony were Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon and his wife Yasmin Le Bon, New Order, DJ Spoony, The Script singer Danny O’Donoghue, Nile Rodgers and Becky Hill.

Tong follows 2019 MITS Honors Harry Magee and Richard Griffiths of Modest! Management and joins the ranks of previous awardees including Emma Banks, Rob Stringer, Sir Lucian Grainge, Ahmet Ertegun, Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis and Roger Daltrey.


Better Off Without You singer Becky has performed with Tong on his Ibiza Classics tours for several years and she insists that there is no more worthy recipient of the MITS Award than him and she is delighted that dance music artists are finally being recognized for their immense contribution to the Music.

The 27-year-old pop star told BANG Showbiz:

“It is no wonder he receives such a prestigious award as this.”

“I definitely think dance music has been overlooked for many, many years, and it’s a shame because, in fact, dance music created some of the most revolutionary, genre-changing, and historic moments in music, and I really think Pete is a shining example who started with the.” Time has passed and time itself has moved. “

In the early evening, Becky made a spectacular appearance with hits from her and Tong’s Ibiza Classics set, including a cover of Robyns With Every Heartbeat, Love Can’t Turn Around and You’ve Got The Love, and she was joined by the incomparable Singers Vula Malinga, Brendan Reilly and Holly Petrie, who have all recently toured with Tong.

New Order also played a set of their newer anthems and iconic classics Regret, Be A Rebel and Blue Monday. As the festivities ended, Norman Jay ended the night with a DJ set.

Thanks to everyone who showed up last night to celebrate @petetong as the #MITSAward 2021 winner 🥳

It was so nice to be back after 2 years with such a worthy winner – congratulations Pete 🎉

Photos by John Marshall, JM Enternational

– The MITS Award (@themitsaward) November 2, 2021

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