A rock legend visited Winnipeg and he received a special honour at city hall Wednesday afternoon.

Kiss frontman and reality TV star Gene Simmons was presented with a key to the city by Coun. Gord Steeves.

Simmons said he was surprised to receive the key, something he doesn't think he deserves.

"Actually it was shocking," the musician said. "I don't deserve any of it. I could certainly point to many, many more people who deserve it. Nicer people, more qualified people. More eloquent people. I have no idea. I keep winning the lottery."

Steeves said the honour is given to people who achieve something wonderful or to someone who has a record of lifetime achievement.

Members of the public that CTV News spoke to Wednesday had mixed opinions about whether Simmons deserved the key.

Previous recipients of the key to the city include Milt Stegall, Sir Bob Geldof, Jon Montgomery and Henry Winkler.

Simmons is in Winnipeg as part of his "Rich and Famous" speaking tour, which comes to the Centennial Concert Hall Wednesday night at 8 p.m.

--with a report from CTV's Jon Hendricks.