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Duran Duran performing at GSMA 2010

The GSMA Mobile World Congress is nearly upon us and by the looks of things, it is going to be as good as it predecessors. Duran Duran is scheduled to perform at the congress party and awards celebration. Writer and actor, Stephen Fry will be playing host and presenting the awards.

The GSMA, which represents the interests of the worldwide mobile communications industry, announced that Duran Duran, one of the world’s most successful rock bands, will headline the congress party & awards celebration on Tuesday 16 February 2010 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Writer, actor and self-confessed technophile, Stephen Fry, will host and present the awards, which have taken on a new two-part format, comprising an afternoon awards presentation as well as the evening celebration party.

Honouring excellence and innovation in mobile communications worldwide, the mobile industry’s annual awards include categories for Mobile Entertainment, Marketing & Advertising, Mobile Services, Innovation and Technology, as well as the Green Mobile Awards and Best Mobile Contribution to Social & Economic Development. The Global Mobile Awards presentation will take place in the afternoon on Tuesday 16th February in the main conference auditorium at the Congress.

At the official Congress Party & Awards Celebration at the National Palace in Barcelona later the same evening, three high-profile awards for the year will be presented, including Best Mobile Handset, the GSMA Chairman’s Award and Mobile Industry Personality of the Year. The evening event will also be hosted by Stephen Fry and will culminate with a headline performance by Duran Duran.

Over the last thirty years the band has topped the charts around the world, with 18 American hit singles and 30 in the UK. With a global presence that guarantees them huge concert audiences on five continents, they have sold more 100 million records worldwide. The band’s keyboard player and founding member, Nick Rhodes, will also be interviewed as part of the Mobile Entertainment keynote session in the conference programme at the Mobile World Congress on Wednesday 17 February 2010.

The afternoon awards presentation is open to all Mobile World Congress conference delegates, award nominees and all accredited press attending the event. Tickets for the evening celebration party are on sale now at the online registration point for the Mobile World Congress, which you can access via The entertainment for the evening is sponsored by INQ Mobile. The Best Mobile Handset award is sponsored by Myriad.

Entries for the 2010 Global Mobile Awards are now closed, and the shortlisted nominees will be announced this month. The awards are judged by more than 100 independent journalists, analysts, academics and subject experts. A full list of the judges can be found at

Duran Duran are set to perform at the GSMA.

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