The Emmy awards are still months away, but Simon Cowell has made such a huge contribution to the world of television, he's getting a special Emmy anyway.
The TV mogul who is behind talent shows including The X Factor and American Idol is being honored for having “reshaped 21st century television and music around the world.”
“He is an entrepreneur and a performer in equal measure,” Bruce Paisner, President of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
“Simon Cowell has built an international empire and has changed the face of TV around the world.”
What does Simon say about the huge honor? “I’ve been very lucky to be able to make shows I love,” he said.
There's no doubt about it--Simon changed television for the younger generation. He's such a huge talent that Idol may not even survive without him! Will you still tune in after Simon's gone?