This evening, Sir Paul was awarded the Men's World Day 2001 World Arts Award at the Imperial Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria. Sir Paul was honored along with Steven Spielberg, Ted Turner, Sir Richard Branson, Luciano Pavarotti, Alain Delon, Dolce & Gabbana, Prof. Robert C. Gallo & Co. as "the men who have changed our world". The World Arts Award was presented to Sir Paul:
"for his unique contribution to popular music for almost 40 years, with the Beatles, Wings and as a solo artist as well as for his exemplary character, his support of many humanitarian causes, his contributions to charity and his overall patronage of the arts. Sir Paul, 59, represents in many positive ways the best qualities of mankind in the 21st century. He has spoken out eloquently on, as well as openly supported, many important initiatives including the banning of landmines, cancer research, animal rights and the importance of a peaceful co-existence. Following the terror attacks in the United States he released the single From a Lover to a Friend with all proceeds going to the families of the policemen and firemen who gave their lives to save others."
The second annual Men's World Day awards ceremony was presided over by former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev and dedicated to "the victims and heroes of September 11." The gala was broadcast on television and shown throughout the world.
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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