Gary Barlow handed top industry award
Sir Elton John and Robbie Williams teamed up in London on Monday night to pay tribute to Gary Barlow as he accepted the prestigious Music Industry Trusts Award.
The Take That star followed in the footsteps of stars including the Rocket Man hitmaker, Sir Tom Jones and Kylie Minogue by landing the honour, in recognition of his songwriting, his charity work and the star-studded Diamond Jubilee Concert he organised for Queen Elizabeth II in June.
And it was Sir Elton himself who presented Barlow with the trophy at a glitzy gala in the capital.
Barlow told the audience, "I've been doing this for 22 years now, and the one thing that's more apparent to me than ever before is how much I love performing.
"To be able to do it, I feel really lucky, I never want to turn my back on it. It's so special when you get something like this, because it's recognised within the industry. I'm a lover of this industry, I'd do anything to protect it and when you're given something from that industry, I'm honoured."
Charles, Prince of Wales also paid tribute to Barlow's talent via video link, stating, "You have become one of the great stars of the British music industry and you are the very embodiment of that rare species, a national treasure."
Barlow then took to the stage with his Take That bandmates to perform a string of their hits. Williams, who joined his former group at the event, wrote on his Twitter.com page, "There is nothing better than having the band back together for a moment."
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