The rock star could not attend the ceremony to accept the honor, so GQ Editor Dylan Jones sang the entertainer's praises, the BBC reported Wednesday.
"Paul McCartney turned 64, produced one of his best albums in years, orchestrated the 90-minute Las Vegas Beatles spectacular, 'Love,' finished a record-breaking tour of America, and this month releases his fourth full-length classical work, 'Behold My Heart,'" Jones said.
"Plus, this year he has been embraced by the Great British public like no time before," he added.
Keane was named GQ's Band of the Year, "28 Days Later" star Cillian Murphy was crowned top actor and British rock star-turned-crooner Rod Stewart received the Outstanding Achievement award.
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