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Bee Gees' Barry Gibb gets lifetime achievement award

Barry Gibb
Image caption Barry Gibb has produced songs for Barbra Streisand and Diana Ross

Barry Gibb, the last surviving member of the Bee Gees, is to receive a lifetime achievement award at a music event in June.

He will be honoured at the Silver Clef Awards in recognition of his role in the chart-topping pop group.

Robin Gibb died last year, nine years after his twin Maurice, who made up the multi-million-pound selling trio.

The Silver Clef awards raise funds for the charity Nordoff Robbins to provide music therapy for adults and children.

Gibb has also had huge success as a songwriter and producer, working on songs for artists such as Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross and Dionne Warwick as well as the title track for the film Grease.

The 66-year-old said he was "honoured" at being chosen to receive the accolade.

"Having had music play such an important role in my own life for over 50 years, I can truly appreciate the work Nordoff Robbins do, using music to transform other people's lives," he said.

The Bee Gees picked up the special achievement award at the Silver Clefs in 1993.

Other award recipients at this year's event include Coldplay, who will receive the best British act award.

Labrinth has been recognised in the innovation category, while trumpeter Alison Balsom has been named the classical award winner.

Winners will be presented with their awards at a ceremony at London's Hilton Hotel on 28 June.

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