The Flaming Lips have been named winners of the inaugural Grulke Prize by SXSW along with Glasgow’s Chvrches and US act Haim.
The Grulke Prize was named after SXSW Creative Director Brent Grulke, who passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest in August, 2012.
The acknowledge Brent’s passion and love of music SXSW created the Grulke Prize in his name.
The Flaming Lips received the first Career Act award for their work and creativity since forming in Oklahoma in 1983. The Career Act Prize is awarded to a band who has appeared at SXSW to reinvent or launch a new project.
The Developing US Act prize was given to Haim from the San Fernando Valley. Haim have released a breakout UP and debuted at SXSW in 2012. They have since signed with Polydor Records and have supported Mumford & Sons and Florence + The Machine.
The prize for Non-US Act went to Scotland’s Chvrches. The band formed in 2011 and made the list for the BBC’s Sound of 2013.