Gary Barlow receives royal approval at awards ceremony
08:10 06 November 2012
Take That singer Gary Barlow was praised by Prince Charles at a music awards ceremony in Park Lane last night.
The Prince of Wales paid tribute to the X Factor judge before he was presented with the Music Industry Trust Award by Sir Elton John.
In a video message recorded before he went on his Diamond Jubilee tour of Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, the Prince praised his charity work, “not only for my Prince’s Trust and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, but also for Comic Relief, Children In Need and many more”.
He added: “Over the past 25 years, 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, who wrote a song with Andrew Lloyd Webber for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, was joined at the event by his Take That bandmates and fellow X Factor judges Nicole Scherzinger, Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh.
Other stars in attendance included Kimberley Walsh and Alesha Dixon.
Barlow said: “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.”
Previous winners of the award, which raised funds for Nordoff Robbins and The BRIT Performing Arts & Technology School, include Sir Elton and Kylie Minogue.
Barlow ended the night by performing a solo set including a cover version of Van Morrison’s Moondance, before reuniting with Robbie Williams, who had just turned on the Oxford Street Christmas lights, for his new single Candy.
Barlow was then joined on stage by his other three bandmates, before Williams came back for a rousing rendition of Never Forget.