Kylie Minogue gets French cultural honor

Mon May 5, 2008 11:52am EDT
 
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PARIS (Reuters) - Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue received one of France's top cultural awards on Monday, the day before her world tour kicked off in Paris.

Minogue was made a Chevalier dans l'ordre des Arts et Lettres (Knight of Arts and Letters) for "the cultural pleasure she has given French people" and for her love of France, a French Culture Ministry official said.

"Princess of pop, uncontested queen of the dance floors, you are a sort of Midas of the international music scene who turns everything she touches into gold, from records to micro-shorts," Culture Minister Christine Albanel said presenting the award.

"Even if it isn't the part of your anatomy which is the most often praised by the media, you have a big heart," she added.

Pop group Police won the award in October 2007 and other knights include U.S. film stars Sharon Stone and Clint Eastwood.

(Reporting by Swaha Pattanaik)

 
<p>Australian singer Kylie Minogue poses with her mother Carol (L) and her father Ron during an award ceremony at the French ministry of Culture in Paris May 5, 2008. Minogue received the order of "Arts et Lettres" medal from France's Minister for Culture and Communication Christine Albanel. REUTERS/Charles Platiau</p>