In Berlin, on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, former Russian President, Mikhail Gorbachev received the Free Your Mind Award at the 2009 Europe Music Awards.
Bill Roedy, Chairman & Chief Executive, MTV Networks International presented the award in recognition of Mikhail Gorbachev's contribution to new attitudes and democracy in the Eastern block and for bringing about change in Europe.
"We are proud to present the Free Your Mind Award to President Gorbachev" said Bill Roedy "in recognition of his bravery, his courage and his determination to bring about change through people power. By being open to unity he broke down physical and psychological barriers and brought peace, stability and freedom to Europe."
Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev was the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1985 until 1991 and was the last head of state of the USSR, serving from 1988 until its collapse in 1991. His Soviet strategy led to the birth of a new age in Europe and he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990.
Also attending the private gala dinner hosted by the Cinema for Peace Foundation, were singer, songwriter and political activist Sir Bob Geldof, singer Placido Domingo and former German Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher.
The MTV Europe Music Awards was hosted by Katy Perry and featured performances by Beyonce, Foo Fighters, Green Day, Jay-Z, Leona Lewis, Shakira and Tokio Hotel. U2's performance to a crowd of 10,000 at the iconic Brandenburg Gate was beamed into the Awards and included surprise guest Jay-Z, who together with Bono led the audience in Bob Marley's Get Up Stand Up in tribute to the fall of the Berlin Wall.