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Paul McCartney steals show at MTV Europe awards
Thu Nov 6, 2008 6:38pm EST
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By Mike Collett-White
LIVERPOOL (Reuters) - Former Beatle Paul McCartney stole the show at the MTV Europe Music Awards on Thursday, accepting a one-off prize from the pop channel in his home city of Liverpool to deafening applause.
The 66-year-old was named Ultimate Legend at the 15th edition of the annual awards ceremony, one of pop music's biggest nights outside the United States.
"This is the man who invented my job," said U2 lead singer Bono, introducing McCartney.
"On the way here Paul McCartney, who was driving the car, was pointing out every place in Liverpool. It was like being in the Pope-mobile with the Pope driving. In the universe of rock and roll bands, the Beatles were the big bang.
"I saw tonight how much Liverpool means to Paul McCartney and you can feel how much Paul McCartney means to Liverpool."
McCartney was one of several stars on the night to pay tribute to Barack Obama following his victory in the U.S. presidential election this week.
"Many years ago four little boys were born here in Liverpool and we went on to do quite well," McCartney said of his former band the Beatles, the most successful pop act of all time.
"So thanks to all my family, to all of you for coming along to all of you in Liverpool, to everyone in Britain, to everyone in America for voting for Mr. Obama."
The other big winner on the night was Britney Spears, who won the Act of 2008 and Album of the Year categories on a night dominated by U.S. acts.
The prizes marked another step along the comeback trail for the troubled 26-year-old, whose "Blackout" album was well received and will be followed by her new record "Circus" due for release on December 2.
Spears also plans to set the record straight about her highly public meltdown in a 90-minute documentary due to be aired on MTV on November 30.
The singer was not at the packed Echo Arena in northern England, where around 10,000 fans screamed and swayed their way through an action-packed show.
The other multiple winners on the night were U.S. rock band "30 Seconds To Mars," led by actor-turned-musician Jared Leto, who picked up the Rock Out and Best Video awards.
Among the performers were U.S. chart-toppers Beyonce and Kanye West, who won the Ultimate Urban award. Continued...
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