McCartney hails Obama at MTV Europe Music Awards
AFP - Friday, November 7
LIVERPOOL (AFP) - - Ex Beatle Sir Paul McCartney was given a special gong at the MTV Europe Music Awards Thursday in his home city of Liverpool -- and used the event to hail US president-elect Barack Obama.
McCartney was presented with the Ultimate Legend Award, created especially for him, by U2 frontman Bono, who compared him to the pope and described his work as "immortal".
Accepting the honour, McCartney thanked fellow Beatles John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, adding: "Many years ago, there were four little boys born here in Liverpool and we went on to do quite well.
"Thanks to all my family, to all you for coming along, to everyone in Great Britain, to everyone in America for voting in Mr Obama."
Bono said that McCartney had driven him to the awards, pointing out his old haunts en route. "It was like being in the Popemobile with the Pope driving," the Irish star said.
Britney Spears won two awards at the event, for best act of 2008 and album of the year for "Blackout". Kanye West won the ultimate urban gong, Pink took most addictive track for "So What" and Katy Perry won best new act.
Germany's Tokio Hotel beat the likes of Metallica and Linkin Park to snatch the headliner award for best live band.
Other stars also joined in the celebrations over Obama's victory this week -- Sugababes took to the stage to present an award dressed in red, white and blue while actor Jared Leto, whose band 30 Seconds To Mars won the rock out award, got the crowd on their feet in Obama's honour.
"Let's hear it for Barack Obama," he said, to loud cheers from fans.
Among the acts performing live were prominent Obama supporter West and Perry, who also welcomed Obama's election, saying: "Maybe Europe will love us again now".
The awards, voted for by viewers of music video channel MTV, were being watched by around 10,000 fans at the ceremony and some 30 million people on television worldwide.
Liverpool was chosen as one of this year's European capitals of culture partly because of its pop music heritage.
As well as the Beatles, acts including the Lightning Seeds, Frankie Goes To Hollywood and the Zutons have come from the city.
Here is a list of winners at the MTV Europe Music Awards held in Liverpool on Thursday:
Most Addictive Track:
PINK -- So What
30 Seconds to Mars -- A Beautiful Life
30 Seconds To Mars
Act of 2008:
MTV Europe Music Awards Ultimate Legend:
Sir Paul McCartney
Album Of The Year:
Britney Spears - Blackout
Europe's Favourite Act:
Emre Aydin (Turkey)
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