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Star dedicates award to parents
Tom Jones
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Superstar Tom Jones has dedicated a lifetime achievement award from the music industry to his late parents.

As he received the honour before a 5,000-strong crowd at the Brit Awards in London, he paid tribute to them.

He said: "My mother passed away on the seventh of this month and my father passed away in 1981.

"They were my biggest fans and biggest supporters. They would be really pleased I've got this, so this is for my Mam and Dad."

The star then belted out a string of hits which included classics such as Delilah, Green Green Grass of Home, and Kiss.

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He told the cheering fans at Thursday night's ceremony, in Earls Court, : "I'd like to thank everybody that's responsible for giving me this, especially the public - without the public I wouldn't be here to start with.

"I've been doing this now for 38, 39 years. I've enjoyed every moment of it and now this, after all these years, can you believe it?

The Pontypridd-born star, still mourning the death of his mother, Freda Woodward, had promised to dedicate the award to her.

Jones burst onto the music scene 40 years after leaving as the front man of Tommy Scott and the Senators and taking the stage name that made him a huge star.

Global star

With a career spanning It's Not Unusual to Sex Bomb, Jones has enjoyed some of the biggest hits in pop music and become a global star.

But the 62-year-old Welsh singing legend was devastated at the loss of his mother, who died in Los Angeles aged 88.

She died at the Bel Air home where she lived with Jones's sister, Sheila, in a mansion he bought for them.

When he heard the news, he immediately cancelled a string of his shows in Las Vegas.

He was very close to his mother, who had nursed him through a bout of the potentially-fatal lung disease TB when he was in his teens.

A spokeswoman for the Brits said of the star's personal dedication: "A Brit is given to the person and it's their choice what they do with it.

"Tom can dedicate it to whomever he wants and say whatever he wishes in his speech."





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