Veteran British rock star Phil Collins was chosen on Wednesday to host the Platinum Europe Awards ceremony to honour million-selling pop acts. European Commission President Romano Prodi has agreed to present the awards at the ceremony in Brussels on July 13.
The European music market has doubled in size in the last decade and accounts for more than one third of the global music retail market, organisers said. The industry employs around 600,000 people around the continent.
"These awards are sales-based - they are only given to artists who have sold more than one million copies throughout Europe - so they recognise people whose music directly appeals to huge and diverse markets," said Paul Russell, chairman of the awards committee.