After weeks of having to keep this a secret, I can finally announce that yesterday, at the annual Radio Canada’s and La Presse’s “Le meilleur de nous-mêmes” (“The best of ourselves”) event that gives out awards every year to personalities in Canada for their out-standing efforts in many categories (Sports, Arts and Entertainment, Science etc.), Simple Plan have become the winners in the most significant category – Personality of the Year. According to Radio-Canada, the band has been honoured with this award not only for their musical career but also for their humanitarian activities. Apart from that Simple Plan were also nominated in the “Arts and Entertainment” category, which eventually went to someone else (who he later mentioned “I can’t believe I won over Simple Plan!”).
Pierre, Jeff and Chuck were present at the event last night to accept the price on behalf of the whole band and to their surprise they were not only greeted on stage personally by the presenter of the award, but also virtually by a couple of fans, who’s videomessages were shown on the screen.
Back in December, about 15 Simple Plan fans from all around the world have been (in all secrecy) asked by Radio-Canada to record a short video congratulating the band on this important award. And as the fans have been chosen so that each would represent one country, they all had to record the message in their own language. Subtitles to all the messages were later added to them and the band members left the ceremony with a DVD of all of them to keep.
The video from the acceptance of the award should be available online soon. And you can check out the first pictures from the show below:
Once again, congratulations, Simple Plan!