Despite his acerbic attitude and snappy remarks on the contestants and their performance on “American Idol,” Simon Cowell is still deemed deserving of an international Emmy Award.
Why? It’s because he had “reshaped 21st century television and music around the world,” according to the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
The British music mogul and record producer is best known for his judging roles on talent competitions such as “American Idol” and “The X Factor.”
Aside from these he also owns and manages the publishing house, Syco, and is a key person in the “Got Talent” TV format in various parts of the world. He also transformed such persons into singing sensations, such as Leona Lewis, Il Divo and Susan Boyle.
“Simon Cowell is an entrepreneur and performer in equal measure. He has built and international empire and in doing so has changed the face of television around the world,” says Bruce Paisner, president of the International Emmys.
Cowell topped The Hollywood Reporter’s list of the 50 most powerful people in reality TV back in 2009, and he will be receiving the award in New York in November 22.
“I’m delighted,” the British music tycoon said in a statement. “I’ve been very lucky to be able to make shows that I love.”
The International Emmy Founders Award honors people who have made a difference in the television industry not only in their own countries but also in various cultural boundaries. Other individuals who have received the award include Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Al Gore.
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