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Queen to be honoured at MTV awards in Belfast


Queen are to be honoured with the Global Icon Award at the 2011 MTV EMAs in Belfast next month.

The group, considered one of the most influential of all time, will also take to the stage at the Odyssey Arena on Sunday, November 6 for a special performance.

The Global Icon Award will mark the 40th anniversary of Queen’s formation in 1971.

Since then the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have notched up a long list of accomplishments and accolades, including sales of more than 300 million albums, 16 number one albums, 18 number one singles and the UK’s top-selling album of all time — their Greatest Hits compilation — has sold a staggering 5.7 million copies.

Queen's Brian May said: “We are honoured to be designated a Global Icon. We will do our best to be worthy.”

Bruce Gillmer, Executive Vice President of Talent and Music Programming/Events for Viacom International Media Networks, paid tribute to the band.

“Over the past four decades, Queen have made an indelible impact on the pop music landscape. They are passionately revered by fans and musicians across the globe,” he said.

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“We are thrilled that they will be joining us at this year’s MTV EMAs, and we look forward to a very special performance.”

Meanwhile a new online tourism campaign has kicked off in the UK, Canada and main Europe to maximise the huge tourism potential of the EMAs.

Tourism Ireland will target 230,000 music fans through a social media campaign via Facebook and Twitter, featuring posts and mini-blogs about Belfast and Belfast Music Week.