The Rolling Stones snagged the coveted Album of The Year prize for Blue & Lonesome at the 2017 Jazz FM Awards at London’s Shoreditch Town Hall, with Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, and Ron Wood accepting the award. Billboard reported that addition to the award, the Stones also won for Blues Artists of The Year, with Charlie Watts honored with a Jazz FM Gold Award in recognition of his contribution over the decades to jazz and blues.
In his acceptance of the award, Mick Jagger spoke of the irony of the Stones winning a jazz prize: “It’s really kind of weird, though, that we started off a very long time ago in London trying to play clubs, and those clubs were jazz clubs (laughs). We used to try and play these jazz clubs and they used to kick us out ’cause we played blues (laughter). And this all feels really full-circle, and we want to thank you all for honoring us — thank you.”
Although it topped the charts in no less than 10 countries — including Britain — Blue & Lonesome, the Stones’ first studio set in over a decade, fell short Stateside, peaking at Number Four.
In addition to England, the album went all the way to Number One on the Australian, Belgian, Dutch, German, Norwegian, Scottish, Swedish, and Swiss album charts.
Although recording continues on the next original Stones set, there’s been no hard date set for the next studio album.