Paul McCartney feted at Liverpool event
LIVERPOOL — The cream of musical talent from around the world may have flown into Liverpool to celebrate the 15th annual MTV Europe Music Awards Thursday night but there was only one star: Barack Obama.The likes of host Katy Perry, Kanye West, Estelle, 30 Seconds to Mars frontman and thesp Jared Leto all paid tribute to the historical victory Tuesday night of Obama in the U.S. elections. Even Liverpool’s favorite son Paul McCartney, who was on hand to receive a special Ultimate Legend award in his hometown from Bono, found time in his acceptance speech to salute the U.S. President-elect. “So thanks to all my family, to all of you for coming along to all of you in Liverpool, to everyone in Britain, and to everyone in America for voting for Mr. Obama,” said the Beatles co-founder. Elsewhere spirited performances from The Killers, Kid Rock, the Ting Tings and Beyonce kept the packed crowd at Liverpool’s Echo Arena nodding their heads throughout the tightly run two-hour show. Aside from Obama, the big winner of the night was Britney Spears, who won the Best Act and Album of the Year awards on a night dominated by US acts. The most entertaining moment of the night arguably came from Bono’s lengthy speech introducing McCartney. “This is the man who invented my job,” said the Irish singer-turned-humanitarian, before teasing the crowd by calling Liverpool the capital of East Ireland. “If it wasn’t for the potato famine, John, Paul, George and Ringo would still have been in bubbling Dublin,” he said.
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