Monday 19 February 2018

Sir Elton John declared a 'genius'

Sir Elton John gave away his genius prize at the GQ Awards
Sir Elton John gave away his genius prize at the GQ Awards

Sir Elton John was declared a genius at the GQ Awards and promptly gave his prize away - to the man who was presenting it.

Paying tribute to Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson, who has fought a very public battle with cancer, Sir Elton handed him his award saying: "You're the f****** genius here." He added: "He's too busy living life to think about f****** dying."

The event, which had its feisty moments with winners swapping barbed comments on stage, saw Michael Douglas put his marriage troubles behind him as he was declared a legend.

The Hollywood star and his wife, Catherine Zeta Jones, announced last week they were "taking some time apart" to "work on their marriage". He admitted this year had "been something" and said his award was "a polite way of saying this is my third act".

Michael was presented with the award by Samuel L Jackson at a dinner attended by celebrities including Lou Reed, Justin Timberlake and Sir Bobby Charlton.

The event at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, central London, was hosted by comic Rob Brydon and saw Sir Bobby given a lifetime achievement award by current Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand.

Former Oasis star Noel Gallagher criticised William Hague, who presented an award, for being "here with all the s*** going on around the world you should be sorting out".

Other winners at the awards included Tom Ford, who was given the designer award by Justin, former Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens, who won the most stylish award, and London Mayor Boris Johnson, who won the politician award.

Emma Watson picked up the woman award, Who frontman Roger Daltrey won the editor's choice award and Pharrell Williams was presented with the performer award by model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. This year's event is the 16th annual awards organised by the men's magazine.

Speaking after the awards, Wilko said he was "very, very touched" by the gesture. He said: "I didn't expect it but I'll probably put the award on my mantelpiece like you're supposed to".

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