News > Brian Leaps to an Aussie's defence!

Added on 28-Mar-2002

Pop Princess Kylie Minogue picked up a pair of prizes at a showbiz awards bash - then was attacked by another winner for being a "celebrity" rather than an "artist".Kelly Jones, frontman of rock act Stereophonics, said the Australian singer was merely a former soap star.

Kylie, 33, picked up best international female and best international single for Can't Get You Out Of My Head at the annual Capital FM Awards in London.

The London-based chart-topper - who rose to fame as mechanic Charlene in Neighbours - had thanked Britain for giving her such warm support over the years.

But minutes after she landed her prizes Jones shocked guests by taking a swipe at the pop princess when he collected the best group prize for his band.

He sniped: "I think the country's gone a little bit mad about what's a celebrity and what's an artist.

"I hope our kids realise the difference. You're only as good as your last record - and Kylie, you'll always be Charlene to me, love."

Kylie had briefly left the ceremony at London's Lancaster Hotel to do a TV interview and did not hear the stinging attack.

Queen star Brian May, picking up prize for his band Queen's outstanding contribution to music, leapt to her defence.

He said: "Most people in this room get p---ed off with being celebrities - it's rather like being zoo animals.

"Kylie, as far as I'm concerned you're an artist and you can do whatever you like."

Kylie, who dazzled in an emerald green Ungaro dress slashed to the thigh, was delighted with her prizes.

She said: "It's funny receiving an award for being an international artist - as you all know I'm an Aussie, but so much of what I do is based here in London.

"To all the people who have welcomed me to this country and to this town particularly, thank you for your support over the years."

She has been on a winning streak over the past few weeks landing prizes at the Brits and NME Carling Awards.

"I'm just trying to enjoy it," she said. "I'd like to be able to look back in five years and say it's a happy time."

However Kylie had her own criticisms and she spoke out about Britney Spears advisers who refused to allow her to speak to crowds before the UK premiere of her movie Crossroads on Monday.

Spears drew flak for failing to meet and greet fans due to safety fears.

Kylie said: "Her PRs have pushed her in the wrong direction and she is being misguided."

ĂˆBut she added: "Britney's been in the business a long time and she should know the ropes by now."

Biggest winners at the Capital FM Awards were Blue who landed a hat-trick of trophies - best pop act, best newcomer and best single for If You Come Back.

Robbie Williams landed the best male and Dido was best female - the same titles they took at the Brits.

Williams took a swipe at Pop Idol stars and chart-topper Gareth Gates in a video acceptance speech, intimating he was a record company puppet.

With the name Gareth scrawled on his forehead, Williams sang "I'm a slave for you", lyrics from Britney Spears' hit Slave 4 U.

Submitted by: Gladdy

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