Rock star Bryan Ferry paid tribute today to his “brave” son, hunt protester Otis at the Q Awards - and was met with boos from the audience.
The singer had previously maintained a silence over the 21-year-old’s invasion of the House of Commons last month.
But picking up a music prize at the Q Awards, he made a public stand on behalf of his son. Taking the stage to accept a lifetime achievement award for his former band Roxy Music, Ferry said: “I would like to dedicate this award to my brave son Otis.”
But if the 59-year-old singer was hoping for a sympathetic reaction, he had picked the wrong occasion.
His short speech was met with several muffled boos from the rock-star audience, which included U2, Elton John, Pet Shop Boys and Elvis Costello.
Otis made headlines around the world when he and four friends stormed the Commons chamber in protest over a bill to ban fox-hunting.
His mother Lucy, who is divorced from the singer, has been vocal in support of her son.
The Q Awards were held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in central London and hosted by TV presenter Jonathan Ross.
Elton John was given the classic songwriter award while the icon award went to U2.
Keane won best album, Franz Ferdinand won best video, Razorlight won best new act and Muse won best live act.
Triple Mobo winner Jamelia took home best single for See It In A Boy’s Eyes.
Red Hot Chili Peppers were named best act in the world today.
Full List of winners:
Best new act – Razorlight
Best producer – Mick Jones (for the Libertines)
Best live act – Muse
Best video – Franz Ferdinand
Q Merit Award – Shane McGowan
Best single – Jamelia – See It In A Boy’s Eyes
Q Innovation and Sound Award – Human League
Q Inspiration Award – The Pet Shop Boys
Best Album – Keane
Best Act in the world today – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Q Classic Songwriter award – Sir Elton John
Q Icon Award – U2
Q Lifetime Achievement Award – Roxy Music