Tom Jones was offered his previously reported Music Industry Trusts’ outstanding contribution award by Tim Burton on Monday, at the Trusts’ annual fund-raising dinner in aid of the Nordoff Robbins charity and The BRIT Trust.
A special film about Jones’s career was shown, the BRIT School Choir sang his songs, Cerys Matthews did a "I’m Welsh too, you know" spot, while Kelly Jones, Don Black, Paul Anka and Priscilla Presley all paid praise, the latter telling guests how much her husband rated Jones as a performer. She said: "They would sing songs together and jam together, for Elvis to do that he actually had to have a lot of trust in someone – he admired Tom’s voice so much".
The event ended with Jones (Tom) joining the aforesaid Matthews and Jones (Kelly) on stage to sing some of his hits.
David Munns, Chairman of the Trust Award committee, told CMU: "Tom Jones is one of those rare beings, a timeless entertainer, a great guy, who clearly loves what he does, and whose talent appeals to consecutive generations. Tom is Mr Cool, one of the world’s greatest singers and performers and we are tremendously proud and honoured that he is the 2010 recipient of the Music Industry Trusts’ Award".
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