Sir Paul McCartney named Artist of the Year

Sir Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney

Sir Paul McCartney was named Artist of the Year at the inaugural Ultimate Classic Rock Awards with 34 per cent of the vote.

Sir Paul McCartney has been named Artist of the Year at the inaugural Ultimate Classic Rock Awards.

The 69-year-old musician beat off strong competition from Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx, Chickenfoot's Sammy Hagar and Alice Cooper to take home the honour with 34 per cent of the vote in the poll.

A statement on said: "The 69-year-old McCartney had his (meat-free) plate full for all of 2011. Whether it was releasing re-issues of his two truest solo efforts, 'McCartney' and 'McCartney II,' collaborating with the New York City Ballet, producing a film marking the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 or embarking on his huge 'On the Run' tour, he pretty much did it all. Congratulations, Paul!"

AC/DC were the big winners with wins in three categories including Best Reissue or Archival Release, Best DVD and Best Commercial while Chickenfoot received two gongs, Album of the Year for 'Ill' and Song of the Year for 'Big Foot'.

Slash took home the Best Live Album gong, with his former band Guns 'N Roses voted Tour of the Year and Ozzy Osbourne won Best Box Set.

230,000 votes were cast in the 2011 Ultimate Classic Rock Awards.

Paul McCartney

Ex-Beatle, Ex-Wings, classical composer, poet, artist, animal rights activist, writer of silly love songs – Paul McCartney'll be a name familiar to your brain. Settle back for an evening of classic hits and a few more recent ones thrown in for good measure. It's cool – he'll probably play 'Hey Jude'. Get practicing your…


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