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The verdict is in on Simon Cowell -- and the news is good.
The American Idol judge, 50, had been judged worthy of an international Emmy award, for having "reshaped 21st century television and music around the world," the International Academy of Arts and Sciences announced on Thursday.
The International Emmy Founders Award recognizes an individual who has made an impact on the television industry and crosses cultural boundaries. In addition to his American Idol gig (which he will be leaving at the end of this season), Cowell seeks out talent on the U.K. series The X Factor, owns a music publishing house, developed the ...Got Talent brand in Britain, the United States and Europe, manages the all-male classical quartet Il Divo, and essentially discovered Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle (on Britain's Got Talent).
"Simon Cowell is an entrepreneur and performer in equal measure. He has built an international empire and in so doing has changed the face of television around the world," said International Academy president Bruce Paisner.
Cowell will be presented with the International Emmy Founders Award at an awards ceremony in New York on November 22.
"I'm delighted," the honoree said in a statement. "I've been very lucky to be able to make shows that I love."
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