09:21 18 September 2013
Luciano Pavarotti, the great Italian tenor, will be given posthumous honours at the Classic Brit Awards next month which organisers said is given to "artists that have truly made an impact on the world with their music and performances.” This coincides with the 50th year anniversary of his first recording. The singer was offered the lifetime achievement award in 2007 but died before it could be presented to him. His widow, Mantovani-Pavarotti is expected to collect the award on this behalf.
She said: "It is wonderful that the music industry is honouring Luciano in this way, particularly at a time when we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of his first recording.
"It is beautiful that the Classic Brit Awards are helping to keep his memory alive through honouring him in this way."
Other awardee at the next month ceremony includes Hans Zimmer who will receive the outstanding contribution to music award.
Pavaroti became hugely successful with his performances as part of the Three Tenors. His fellow tenors – Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras were previously given Classic Brit Lifetime Achievement awards as well.
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