- Title: MONACO: MUSIC STARS ATTEND WORLD MUSIC AWARDS CEREMONY
- Date: 16th April 1997
- Summary: MONTE CARLO, MONACO (APRIL 16, 1997) (REUTERS) VIEW OF MONTE CARLO STREET WITH CASINO IN THE DISTANCE VIEWS OF EXTERIOR OF OF THE CASINO ( 2 SHOTS) ( 16 SECONDS) PRINCE ALBERT ARRIVING FOR LUNCH PARTY WITH AWARDS NOMINEES AND OTHER ARTISTS JON BON JOVI ARRIVING AT PARTY, (SOUNDBITE ENGLISH) SAYING "YOU KNOW, IT'S THE WORLD MUSIC AWARDS, IT'S A WORLDWIDE AUDIENCE, IT'S A LOT OF DIFFERENT MUSICICAL STYLES, NOT JUST AMERICAN MUSIC OR BRITISH MUSIC, IT'S THE WORLD" LIONEL RITCHIE ARRIVING, (SOUNDBITE ENGLISH) SAYING "FANTASTIC. IT'S VACATION TIME. THEY SAY I'M WORKING, I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS, THIS IS GOOD" RICHIE SAYING (SOUNDBITE ENGLISH) "MUSIC IS WORLD. THE WHOLE POINT IS WE'VE BEEN PUTTING IN CATEGORIES FOR SO MANY YEARS, BUT NOW IT'S GOOD THAT WE'RE FINALLY OPENING IT UP TO THE WORLD. IT'S ABOUT TIME" BEE GEES ARRIVING ROBIN GIBB (SOUNDBITE ENGLISH) SAYING "WE'RE ALWAYS ON THE BUTTON AND WE LIKE TO PRESENT MUSIC THAT'S POP MUSIC, WE LOVE POP MUSIC, AND THAT ALWAYS APPEALS TO YOUNG PEOPLE AND THAT'S IMPORTANT. WE'VE GOT THE NEW AUDIENCE HAVING DISCOVERED A NEW MUSIC, THAT'S STILL VERY APPEALING TODAY" ASKED ABOUT THE WORLD MUSIC AWARDS, ROBIN GIBB (SOUNDBITE ENGLISH) SAYING "I THINK THEY'RE ABOUT SHOWING THE WORLD WHAT EVERYONE'S ABOUT. THERE WEREN'T THAT MANY OF THEM A FEW YEARS AGO AND I THINK NOW WHEN THEY'RE SHOWN TODAY THEY COVER THE WHOLE WORLD AND I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO GET POP MUSIC OUT AND SHOW PEOPLE WHAT EVERYONE'S DOING IN THE WORLD. YOU GET TO SEE WHAT POLITICIANS ARE DOING, AND FASHION MODELS, BUT THE MUSIC BUSINESS IS ACTUALLY BECOMING GLOBAL NOW" VIEWS OF PRINCE ALBERT (SUNGLASSES, GREY JACKET) AT LUNCH FUGEES BAND MEMBERS, ASKED IF THEY WILL WIN, (SOUNDBITE ENGLISH) SAYING "THAT'S WHAT WE'RE HERE FOR, WE'RE ABOUT TO TAKE MAYBE TWENTY, TWENTY ONE, SO FAR WE GOT SO MANY, IT'S ALL GOOD, WE NEED A BIGGER HOUSE TO PUT THEM IN." FUGEE BAND MEMBER, ASKED IF HE'S GOING TO THE CASINO, (SOUNDBITE ENGLISH) SAYING "I'M GOING TONIGHT, I'M GOING TO TAKE ALL THE LOSERS, GO AND SPEND SOME CASH, GONNA MAKE SOME CASH", AND ASKING A JOURNALIST TO JOIN HIM RAPPER HADDAWEY (SOUNDBITE ENGLISH) SAYING THE AWARDS ARE "DEFINITELY A GOOD REPRESENTATION, SHOWING WHAT MOST ARTISTS HAVE ACHIEVED, WORLDWIDE, NOT JUST THE AMERICAN OR THE ENGLISH MARKET, BUT WORLD, THAT'S REALLY QUITE GOOD BECAUSE IT BRINGS A LOT OF ARTISTS FROM ALL DIFFERENT FIELDS TOGETHER" ASKED IF THERE IS A "WORLD" MUSIC, HADDAWEY (SOUNDBITE ENGLISH) SAYING "I'VE BEEN LUCKY TO ACCOMPLISH SUCH A THING AS A WORLD HIT, ONE OR TWO, AND I THINK THERE'S A LOT OF WORLD MUSIC. IT JUST DEPENDS ON THE WAY IT'S MARKETED, MUSIC SLOWLY IS BECOMING INTEGRATED IN MANY SOCIETIES, NOT ONLY BLACK OR WHITE OR PINK OR BLUE MUSIC, TODAY PEOPLE ARE LISTENING TO EROS RAMAZZOTTI (ITALIAN POP STAR) IN AMERICA". MICHAEL JACKSON FANS WITH BANNERS CHANTING "WE WANT MICHAEL"
- Reuters ID: LVA45WR7GMRUNFF7UBNLFXVJYRLH
- Location: MONTE CARLO, MONACO
- Country: Monaco
- Duration: 00:04:23
- Topics: Royalty
- Story Text: The world's rock and pop royalty rubbed shoulders with Monaco's Prince Albert as he hosted a special lunch to kick off the festivities at the World Music Awards, due to be handed out in the principality on Thursday (April 17).
The annual event, which is broadcast worldwide to millions of viewers, seeks to honour artists who have succeeded in crossing cultural barriers to reach a worldwide audience.
Amongst those attending this year's event were the Bee Gees, who are set to add another Lifetime Achievement award to the one they won at the Brit Awards in London earlier this year.
Celine Dion and Lionel Richie are also expected to be honoured for their work. Like the Bee Gees, Ritchie has recently enjoyed a career renaissance with a new album out this year.
Michael Jackson performed at last year's ceremony, but there were conflicting reports as to whether he would attend this year.
The United States film magazine Variety reported that he was planning a personal appearance at the Cannes Film Festival next month instead, to promote a new video.
His fans were present in Monte Carlo nevertheless, in case he decided to put in an appearance after all.
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