The Sunday Telegraph reports
Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue has received a major award in the United States.
The 44-year-old cancer survivor was honoured with a courage award at a benefit gala at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
It is eight years since the star was diagnosed with breast cancer and it was her strength facing the disease which captured the world's hearts.
“It's so weighty that my initial response was I didn't know if I [deserve] this, because frankly you don't tend to think of yourself as being courageous when there are countless people who are more courageous each and every day than I'll ever be in my life,” Minogue told Rolling Stone.
Later though, Minogue realised her struggle with cancer was far bigger than her as an individual.
“I realized in my story there was a lot of courage, and from the people around me as well – my parents, my brother and sister, the rest of my family, friends and from myself, of course. So I'm very honored to be presented with the award, and I can only accept on behalf of anyone who has been through or is going through this kind of ordeal, because you do have to dig deep.”
Minogue wore a floor-length Grecian gown at the ceremony, An Unforgettable Evening benefitting EIFs Women’s Cancer Research Fund, attended by some of the biggest names in show business.
Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg are honourary chairs of the fund with the awards hosted by talkshow host Chelsea Handler.
Fashion designer Carolina Herrera was presented the Nat King Cole Award for her charitable works and contributions.