Sir Paul McCartney can add yet another award to his trophy case, to go along with his Oscar, 8 BRITs, 18 Grammys, and 22 NME awards, to name but a small few.
At last night’s ceremony, McCartney received the 2018 Helpmann Award for ‘Best International Contemporary Concert’ for his ‘One On One’ World Tour which stormed through Australia in December 2017, beating out Underworld, Cécile McLorin Salvant, and Ed Sheeran.
It was accepted by Frontier Touring’s managing director Michael Gudinski, with Paul McCartney also sharing a special video message :
“Thank you very much for this Helpmann Award… it’s a fantastic award, I’m very chuffed. I want to thank the people at Frontier, the people at Marshall Arts, and most of all the audiences of Australia. You were brilliant. Thank you very much, see you soon!”
Launching in the United States in 2016, the ‘One On One’ Tour played 41 shows across 12 countries to more than 1.2 million people, before heading to Australia. With six sold out stadium and arena shows the tour was attended by almost 200,000 fans in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, and received rave reviews nationwide.
Gudinski said, “It was a twenty year mission to get Sir Paul McCartney. He nailed it every night…”
Watch the 18th annual Helpmann Awards here : https://iview.abc.net.au/show/helpmann-awards-2018/video/RV1801H001S00
McCartney appears at approximately 47 minutes in.