Macca's the pride of Liverpool as he walks away the only British winner at the MTV Awards
Sir Paul McCartney was the pride of Britain last night when he was the only homegrown act to receive a gong at the MTV Europe Music Awards.
The former Beatle, 66, was presented with the Ultimate Legend Award from fellow rocker Bono at the star-studded ceremony in Sir Paul's hometown of Liverpool.
The U2 frontman, 48, risked the ire of religious followers by heralding Sir Paul as 'a saint' and comparing him to the Pope.
Despite being called the MTV Europe Music Awards, the ceremony was dominated by American acts and Sir Paul was the only British winner.
Although UK stars such as Leona Lewis, Estelle, Duffy and Tings Ting were up in several categories, they all went home empty-handed.
So it was up to Sir Paul to represent the British contingent as he accepted his gold MTV logo and globe trophy.
Introducing Sir Paul, Bono said: 'In the universe of rock and roll, the Beatles were the Big Bang...
'In two or three hundred years from now we sense, we fear our names will be forgotten. There is one person here, in this hall tonight whose songs we know will be heard now and forever.
'His songs will continue to be sung, heard and played as long as humans care about beauty and longing. There is one person here tonight whose work is immortal. There is only one Paul McCartney.
'You call him Sir, I call him Lord, Saint… Paul McCartney!'
Accepting his award, Sir Paul paid tribute to recently elected U.S. President Barack Obama - as did many stars that night.
He said: 'I want to thank my mum and dad. I want to thank everyone in my famiily. I want to thank my mates Ringo, George and John. Many years ago, there were four little boys born here in Liverpool and we went on to do quite well.
'Thanks to all my family, to all you for coming along, to everyone in Great Britain, to everyone in America for voting in Mr Obama.'
The Irish rocker later revealed he had been given a tour of Liverpool by Sir Paul, who had pointed out on his childhood hangouts.
Bono said: 'It was like being in the Popemobile with the Pope driving.'
Notably absent was his American girlfriend Nancy Shevell or his three children Stella, Mary or James.