Gentlemen’s Quarterly Award Gala in Berlin Draws International Line-Up of Stars

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The style magazine Gentlemen’s Quarterly (GQ) celebrated the 20th anniversary of the GQ Men of the Year Awards yesterday at the Komische Oper in Berlin. Ten categories were presented at the glamorous gala, awarding both national and international stars from show business, the music and fashion industries, as well as from sport and culture.

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Jason Derulo arrives for the 20th GQ Men of the Year Award at Komische Oper on November 8, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sebastian Reuter/Getty Images for GQ Germany)

The approximately 850 invited guests were entertained by presenter Barbara Schöneberger. Her trademark humour and wit entertained the audience throughout the award show, which was filled with high emotion. The musical entertainment was kickstarted by actress Severija Janušauskaitė, who sang her mystical hit “Zu Asche, zu Staub”, the acclaimed theme song of the series “Babylon Berlin”.

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Orlando Bloom arrives for the 20th GQ Men of the Year Award at Komische Oper on November 8, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Nareyek/Getty Images for GQ Germany)

Football world champion Bastian Schweinsteiger, accompanied by his wife Ana Schweinsteiger-Ivanović, was there to receive the “Sports Icon” award for his outstanding sporting achievements. The actors of “Das Boot” were honoured in the category “National TV”. Franz Dinda, Stefan Konarske, August Wittgenstein and Tom Wlaschiha came to accept their award.

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James Middleton arrives for the 20th GQ Men of the Year Award at Komische Oper on November 8, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Nareyek/Getty Images for GQ Germany)

GQ also brought a glittering shower of Hollywood glamour to Berlin: Patrick Dempsey received the award for the category “International TV”, Orlando Bloom (“Style”) was honoured as an actor and style icon, US music star Jason Derulo snapped up the GQ Award for “International Music”, and actor Henry Cavill will now be able to refer to himself not only as Superman but also as GQ Man of the Year (“International Movies”).

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Orlando Bloom and Ana Schweinsteiger are seen on stage during the GQ Men of the Year Award show at Komische Oper on November 8, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images for GQ Germany)

After a moving premier live rendition of his new song “Bist Du Da”, Herbert Grönemeyer
was awarded the title “Legend” by GQ editor-in-chief Tom Junkersdorf, with the audience
honouring him for his exceptional career and social commitment. The fashion category also featured prominent awardees. The style magazine GQ named Dries van Noten “Designer of the Year”.

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Marcel Reif, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Sports Icon Award-winner, and his wife Ana Schweinsteiger are seen on stage during the GQ Men of the Year Award show at Komische Oper on November 8, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images for GQ Germany)

The appearance of exceptional designer Donatella Versace was another highlight of the star-studded evening. Russian supermodel Irina Shayk paid tribute to her in a laudatory speech, honouring her as a “Fashion Icon” for her many accomplishments in the international world of fashion over the years.

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Donatella Versace arrives for the 20th GQ Men of the Year Award at Komische Oper on November 8, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Nareyek/Getty Images for GQ Germany)

Another reason for Donatella Versace’s special role during this event is the Versace
creative team’s design of GQ’s 20th anniversary-trophy, showing off the characteristic GQ
letters in a distinctive Versace design.

This year’s award-winners are also featured in the new December issue of GQ, showcasing portraits and exclusive interviews. To celebrate the GQ Awards, the current GQ issue will appear with five different cover motifs, representing selected awardees, by name Herbert Grönemeyer, Patrick Dempsey, Donatella Versace, Jason Derulo and Orlando Bloom.

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