Due to the death of his friend, George Harrison, Sir Paul canceled his appearance at last evening's Top of the Pops ceremony. Sir Paul had intended to go to the Manchester awards ceremony to perform Freedom and to accept his award as the first entrant into the ceremony's Hall Of Fame. Instead, Sir Paul sent a handwritten note which was read by host Jamie Theakston at the ceremony. Sir Paul wrote:"It was a great honor to receive this award, but because of the sad news I can't be here tonight to accept it.Stella McCartney had planned to hide at the ceremony and surprise her father by presenting the award to him. Instead, the band Travis fought back tears as they performed their version of George's Here Comes the Sun.
"I would like to dedicate this award with love to my brother George, without whom it would not have been possible."
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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