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1 March 2018, 20:36 | Updated: 1 March 2018, 21:03
The world-famous tenor took home the prestigious award at the first Global Awards ceremony
Bocelli also performed two songs: Con te partirò (Time to Say Goodbye), the song that launched his career when he recorded it with soprano Sarah Brightman in 1996, and Puccini’s 'Nessun Dorma', perhaps the most famous opera aria of all time.
Bocelli was one of five musicians nominated for Best Classical Artist at the first ever Global Awards. The other nominees were violinist Nicola Benedetti, pianist Ji Liu, multi-instrumentalists The Ayoub Sisters and violinist André Rieu.
Accepting the award, Bocelli said:
“It’s really a great emotion, a big honour to be here in this city where I come quite often and where I will be soon, the city where I found always a big affection for the audience, for you. So thank you very much.”