Music veteran Elton John and newcomer Corinne Bailey Rae were among the winners at the Mojo music awards.
Elton John was inducted into the Mojo Hall of Fame for a career which has spanned four decades.
Bailey Rae was named Best New Act only six months after she burst onto the music scene.
The 27-year-old from Leeds was a cloakroom girl in her local jazz club not so long ago and has enjoyed an extraordinary rise to fame.
Her self-titled debut album has sold close to 500,000 copies and her single Put Your Records On has been a hit across Europe.
Critics have raved about her voice and likened her to Billie Holiday.
“I didn’t expect to win at all, so I’m just amazed and really privileged to be accepting this award," she said. "I would like to say thank you to everyone who has helped me on my way so far.
“It’s a great award because it’s just the start and I feel like it’s been really good in the last few months just to write music and to have it out there and to have people listen to it.”
Bailey Rae then presented the Hall of Fame award to Elton John at last night’s ceremony at Shoreditch Town Hall in east London.
She said: “I was born in 1979 and the first musician I ever saw on TV was Elton John. I loved him party for his music, and partly for his flamboyant costumes which I drew over and over again in my scrapbook.
“He’s been around for my whole life and he has influenced the music I write.”
Elton John was honoured for his contribution to modern music.
The 59-year-old took time out from his current world tour to attend the ceremony and praised the night’s other winners.
“Music is all-encompassing. It’s not just one sort of music that makes the world go round, and that’s the way it always should be,” he said.
Mojo editor-in-chief Phil Alexander said: “His ability to conquer his own demons is legendary and he has managed to write some of the best songs ever.”
Alexander said the star’s forthcoming album, The Captain and the Kid, is one of his best in years.
Country legend Johnny Cash was honoured with a posthumous award. Johnny Cash – The Legend, a five-volume CD box set spanning his entire career, was named Catalogue Release of the Year.
The award was accepted by his daughter Rosanne Cash, who hit out at the number of cash-in recordings which flooded the market following her father’s death.
“My father was much like Matisse in that he had a creative rebirth at the end of his life. Much of the products that have come out post-mortem has been very one-dimensional and exploitative and has not really shown who he was,” he said. “This collection represents a lifetime and a body of work.
“There are a few great artists who come along every century and he was distinctly one of those artists. I’m sure wherever he is my father is enjoying getting this award.”
Punk icons The Buzzcocks were honoured with the Inspiration award, while Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders received the Songwriter award.
David Gilmour of Pink Floyd received the Lifetime Achievement award.
Gilmour’s honour was presented by Phil Manzanera of Roxy Music, who joked: “He and his band have been responsible for more spliffs being rolled than any other band.”
The Mojo Maverick award went to The Jesus and Mary Chain.
The Scottish band was formed by brothers Jim and William Reid but the pair fell out several years ago.
The rift is still very much in evidence – taking the stage alone, Jim Reid told the audience: “I would like to thank my big brother – for not coming.”
Ska veteran Prince Buster was named the Mojo Hero while Queen guitarist Brian May won the Les Paul award.
The Flaming Lips won the Vision award and, in customary style, sent two people in giant bunny rabbit and dolphin costumes to accept it on their behalf.
The Mojo awards were voted for by readers of the music magazine.
Full list of winners:
:: Best New Act Award: Corinne Bailey Rae
:: Classic Album Award: Tago Mago – Can
:: Roots Award: Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham
:: Inspiration Award: Buzzcocks
:: Les Paul Award: Brian May
:: Catalogue Release of the Year: Johnny Cash – Legend
:: Vision Award: The Flaming Lips – The Fearless Freaks
:: Mojo Merit: Bert Jansch
:: Mojo Maverick: The Jesus and Mary Chain
:: Mojo Hero: Prince Buster
:: Mojo Medal: Jools Holland
:: Songwriter Award: Chrissie Hynde
:: Mojo Icon: Scott Walker
:: Mojo Hall of Fame: Elton John
:: Lifetime Achievement Award – David Gilmour