Paul McCartney and Michael Eavis collect Best Event Award…

PAUL McCARTNEY has taken to the stage at the SHOCKWAVES NME AWARDS to pick up the award for BEST EVENT for GLASTONBURY.

The ex-Beatle stole the show at last year’s festival, on a bill headlined on the other days by Oasis and Muse.

McCartney had a packed Pyramid Stage enthralled with a two-hour gig that had the 80,000 crowd singing along passionately to every word, and knocked out the hits including ’Yesterday’, ‘Got To Get You Into My Life’, ‘We Can Work It Out’ and ‘Blackbird’.

But the highlight was when he led the crowd through a mass singalong to ‘Hey Jude’ and ‘Helter Skelter’.

Speaking from the stage, McCartney said: “Glastonbury is the best festival, always has been, always will be.”

Glastonbury boss Michael Eavis and his daughter Emily were also in attendance at the Hammersmith Palais, enjoying the evening on a table with McCartney.

Plans are well underway for this year’s Glastonbury Festival, with White Stripes, Coldplay and Kylie Minogue set to be the headliners on the Pyramid Stage.