King of the Waltz André Rieu has won the Classic FM Album of the Year award at this year's Classic BRITs - for the THIRD YEAR IN A ROW.
October 2, 2013: His album Magic of the Movies beat competition from other nominees including Andrea Bocelli, Friar Alessandro, Lang Lang and Nicola Benedetti among others.
Dutch violin superstar André Rieu becomes first artist to win the same award three years in a row.
The award was announced tonight at the Classic BRIT Award ceremony in London's Royal Albert Hall by Classic FM presenter, Aled Jones. ~ "With so many incredible albums released over the past 12 months I can honestly say that whoever wins this prestigious award tonight must have created something truly phenomenal to triumph against this competition," Aled said as he introduced the category.
(André) "I'm so sorry I could not come to collect this fantastic prize you gave me again, for the third time," he said, in a video acceptance speech. "I had a lot of fun making this record, and I heard you had a lot of fun listening to it!"
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Katherine Jenkins/Catrin Finch miss out on top award at Classic Brits 2
The award for Classic FM Album Of The Year has tonight gone to Dutch violinist André Rieu & his Johann Strauss Orchestra.
Welsh classical stars Katherine Jenkins and Catrin Finch have lost out on one of the top prizes at the Classic Brits. Dutch violinist André Rieu & his Johann Strauss Orchestra beat them and seven others, including tenor Andrea Bocelli and pianist Richard Clayderman, to win the only category voted for by the public – Classic FM Album Of The Year.
Rieu broke Classic Brit records by becoming the first act to win the same category three years running with Magic Of The Movies. He was presented with his award by Welsh TV and radio presenter Aled Jones.