Legendary French singer and songwriter Charles Aznavour has been awarded MIDEM's Lifetime Achievement Award for 2009.

At a ceremony in Cannes' Carlton Hotel, Reed MIDEM CEO Paul Zilk handed over the prize, hailing Aznavour as "a remarkable man" and "France's best-known entertainer on the international stage."

Greek singer Nana Mouskouri, who has worked many times with Aznavour, was one of several singers performing Aznavour compositions in tribute to his 60-year career. Mouskouri described him as "a legend" and "an inspiration" from the stage.

Rising artists Matthew Andrae, China and Zaho also performed, with the latter joined on stage by Aznavour himself. Celine Dion was among those who sent a video tribute.

Born in Paris in 1924, Aznavour has made more than 100 albums, composed around 1000 songs and appeared in more than 60 movies. At the ceremony EMI France president Nathalie Collin also presented Aznavour with a platinum disc for his latest album "Duos" (EMI France), which features collaborations with Dion, Julio Iglesias, Elton John, Sting and Josh Groban.