Simon Cowell received a special recognition award in California for his contribution to television and entertainment in the U.K. and U.S.

Cowell was presented with the award at the inaugural BritWeek U.K.T.I. Business Innovation Awards, staged at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. BritWeek is an organization that celebrates British connections with California

The "American Idol" judge and Syco label boss (in partnership with Sony Music) will launch his own successful "X Factor" format in the U.S. next year.

TV producer Nigel Lythgoe, Britweek president, presented the award to Cowell. "Simon's productions have became such popular and commercial successes that they constitute some of the U.K.'s biggest creative services exports today," he said. "We are proud to recognize his contribution to the creative industry, which is an important sector of the British economy."

"I'm delighted about the recognition from BritWeek and U.K. Trade and Investment and it's brilliant that so many British companies are doing so well globally," said Cowell.

The awards ceremony was staged in partnership with U.K. Trade and Investment (U.K.T.I.), the government organization that helps U.K.-based companies overseas.