Amy Winehouse won a songwriting “Oscar” today – but arrived too late to pick up her gong.
The 24-year-old’s father Mitch had to go on stage to collect her Ivor Novello for 'Best Song Musically and Lyrically' on his daughter’s behalf.
Judges of the prestigious Novello put the singer’s troubles behind her to award her the title for her self-penned track 'Love Is A Losing Game'.
A message of thanks read out by Mitch Winehouse failed to mention the singer’s husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, who is in jail awaiting trial on charges of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
Mitch told the audience, which featured names like David Gilmour and Mark Ronson: “I don’t know what I’m doing up here.
“Amy unfortunately couldn’t make it but she’s getting better and she sends you all her love.”
Last year, Winehouse’s autobiographical track 'Rehab', which she wrote about her refusal to seek treatment for her drinking, won the Ivor Novello for Best Contemporary song.
Mitch said: “She’s asked me to thank the Ivors for being the first to recognise her talent.”
Winehouse's mother was at the ceremony.
Mitch joked when he got on-stage while trying to read his speech through his glasses. “I’ve had to borrow them off the ex-wife. I think she deliberately gave me the wrong strength.”
He thanked the singer’s manager, saying he should be awarded the “equivalent of the Victoria Cross”.
Winehouse did turn up when the ceremony was more than halfway over.
The bee-hived star sat on a table while draping her arms around her father. She said afterwards: “I’m fine. Really well.”
The singer told her father off for saying she was “getting better”.
Asked why his daughter was late, Mitch said: “She’s always late. She was fashionably late,” and added that he did not mention her husband’s name because he “forgot”.
He said: “He’s doing really well and Amy is being very supportive.”