THE Echo Arena Liverpool presented Sir Rod Stewart with the venue’s Icon Award at his second Liverpool date on Sunday. The legendary singer is only the third artist to be presented with the accolade, following Sir Paul McCartney in 2011 and Kylie Minogue in 2014. He returned to the Echo Arena after also kicking off the first of his UK shows to a sell-out crowd in Liverpool last month. The tour features a catalogue of Rod’s greatest hits, dating from 1970 right through to the present day. Bob Prattey, chief executive of The ACC Liverpool Group, home to Echo Arena, BT Convention Centre and Exhibition Centre Liverpool, said: “Sir Rod Stewart is a true icon in the music industry – as one of the biggest selling artists of all time, he has sold more than 200 million records around the world and has had a successful career for five decades. “Our icon award can’t quite live up to Sir Rod receiving a knighthood earlier this year but we felt it was fitting to mark his fourth performance at the arena with one of our accolades.” Forthcoming highlights at Echo Arena Liverpool include Liverpool International Horse Show, Strictly Come Dancing and Kings of Leon. The venue has welcomed more than 4.6 million visitors since opening and was recently announced as an official partner of ‘British Style Collective presented by Clothes Show’, which is set to take over the city of Liverpool in July next year.