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The question

The Music awards

The British music industry hosts the Brit awards next week. But which was the best CD you bought in the last year, and who would get your lifetime achievement award, given that the Spice Girls are in line for one this year?

Best CD - Mozart Horn Concertos; lifetime achievement - Mick Jagger for his musical contribution to my youth and services to the tabloids in my more mature years. How to grow old disgracefully!

Ian Peddie, 46, senior technical director, London

My favourite CD of 1999 is the latest Supergrass album - it is addictive. As for the lifetime achievement award, my nomination would be Stevie Wonder. He has been a fundamental influence on the development of both British and US music in the fields of pop, dance and soul. Ask me about the Spice Girls again in 2027!!

Steven Hayter, 38, project manager, London

The best album I bought in the last year was Travis: The man who! My nomination for a life time achievement award at the event would be Van Morrison.

Jonathan Heads, 23, graduate engineer, London

CD: The Stereophonics' Word gets around. Lifetime achievement: Tom Jones. Anyone who still gets knickers thrown at them at his age must be doing something right.

Andy Thompson, 31, trunk road manager, Scottish Borders

Chill Out, by the KLF, an experimental album which ultimately gets you hooked; by the founders of modern dance and trance. I would nominate Tom Jones for a lifetime achievement award. The guy can still belt out a song after 30 odd years in the business and is constantly able to appeal to successive generations.

Mark Philpotts, 26, civil engineer, London

Simply Red - Love and the Russian Winter; Either Sting or George Michael should get the lifetime achievement award. They consistently turn out excellent music and have stood the test of time.

Theresa Goble, 52 corporate affairs, Reading

Rolling Stones Compilation (MP3 Format. 9 Albums on one CD). Mark Knopfler for lifetime achievement award

Stuart Hutchings ,54, engineer, London

Stereophonics' Performance and Cocktails, for an interesting window on the world and a good old selection of rocking tunes. And have the Spice Girls been around for a lifetime then? I'd give it to David Bowie for being timeless.

Kathryn Baxendale, 27, civil engineer, Beckenham

The last album I bought was Macy Gray's On how life is - good chill out tunage. I'd nominate the Bee Gees as their songs have been played by numerous artists and listened to by generations of music lovers. And they walked out on Clive Anderson.

Nic McChlery, 26, civil engineer, London

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