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Punk legends The Clash honoured
The Clash
The Clash, with Strummer (2nd right): "Greatest rock band of them all"
Punk band The Clash, whose singer Joe Strummer died last year, were honoured with a Lifetime Achievement prize at the annual GQ awards on Tuesday.

They were given the prize at the magazine's Men of the Year awards ceremony in London.

The band, who started in London in 1976 and had hits like White Riot, became the biggest punk band in the world before splitting in 1986.

"The Clash were the greatest rock band of them all," said GQ's editor Dylan Jones.

"Not only were they the best band to emerge from the punk generation, in hindsight their albums are as good as any produced by the Stones, the Who or the Beatles.

Rings win

"The Clash make Oasis look like S Club 7 or Steps," he said.

England football captain David Beckham was named the top sportsman for the second year in the row.

But the former Manchester United footballer was beaten to the most stylish man award by Jamiroquai singer Jay Kay.

German supermodel and occasional actress Heidi Klum was voted woman of the year, while Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean star Orlando Bloom was voted best film actor.

The best TV actor was won by James Nesbitt, who made his name in the ITV drama Cold Feet.

Best band was won by Blur, whose most recent album Think Tank was released earlier this year.

The BBC's world affairs editor John Simpson won writer of the year for his TV coverage of the Iraq war.

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