GEORGE HARRISON was honoured at the inaugural ‘TOP OF THE POPS’ AWARDS last night (November 30), as PAUL McCARTNEY cancelled a planned performance out of respect for the former BEATLE, who died yesterday.
At the ceremony, held at the Manchester Evening News Arena, McCartney became the first entry in the ‘Top Of The Pops Hall Of Fame’. A planned personal acceptance and performance was cancelled at the eleventh hour. Instead, host Jamie Theakston read out a message in which he explained that McCartney felt it inappropriate to accept the award in person, saying, "I would like to dedicate this award with love to my brother George, without whom none of this would have been possible.”
The planned McCartney finale was replaced by Travis, who played an acoustic version of ‘Here Comes The Sun’, Harrison’s most famous Beatles composition.
In other awards, Jennifer Lopez was named ‘Artist On Top Of The World’, and Kylie Minogue emerged as the night’s biggest winner, receiving two awards. Lopez also performed recent single ‘Ain’t It Funny’ in front of an elaborate stage set comprising fountains, stairs and arches.
Kylie Minogue received the ‘Top Single’ (for ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’) and
‘Top Tour’ (for ‘On A Night Like This’) awards, and performed her number one hit ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’.
Other key awards went to Westlife, U2, Fatboy Slim, Destiny’s Child, Travis and Nelly Furtado. Destiny’s Child, Fatboy Slim and U2 were all absent from the ceremony
Mariah Carey sang new single ‘Never Too Far’ in tribute to George Harrison. The song segued into former hit ‘Hero’, during which she was joined by Westlife. Later in the show, Wyclef Jean teamed up with Tom Jones to perform ‘It’s Not Unusual’.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Top Pop – Westlife
Top R&B – Destiny’s Child
Top Rock – U2
Top Dance – Fatboy Slim
Top Newcomer – Nelly Furtado
Top Single: ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’ – Kylie Minogue
Top Album: ‘The Invisible Band’ – Travis
Top Tour: ‘On A Night Like This’ – Kylie Minogue
Artist On Top Of The World – Jennifer Lopez
Top Of The Pops Hall Of Fame – Sir Paul McCartney.
An edited version of the ceremony will be broadcast on BBC1 tonight (December 1) at 5.40pm.