Robbie Williams hinted that Take That might be back for good as the recently reformed group picked up a prize at the Q Awards today.
The singer rejoined his old bandmates earlier this year after they reunited without him in 2005.
On stage to accept the Q Hall of Fame award at the central London ceremony, Williams said: “Very happy to be back. First day and we’ve won an award.”
He added: “I’d like to thank my boys. Extremely happy here. Looking forward to the next few years.”
It was the band’s first public appearance since Williams rejoined.
The prize marks the start of a whirl of activity for the newly restored line-up as they make their comeback with a single 'The Flood' and new album 'Progress', both due next month. The quintet are also expected to announce live dates soon.
Another newly reformed band – Suede – also picked up an award.
Collecting the Q inspiration award, frontman Brett Anderson paid tribute to their original guitarist, Bernard Butler, who quit the line-up after only a short spell in the spotlight.
“I don’t think we can accept this award without mentioning Bernard and that great work he did with us early on. This one’s for Bernard too.”
Anderson later joked that drummer Simon Gilbert would keep their award.
He said: “Simon is the most responsible of us. The rest of us would just lose it. He’ll polish it.”
Pop veterans Madness collected their Q idol award from Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson who performed their trademark “nutty dance” as the band arrived on stage.
Frontman Suggs said: “Having Wilko up here is enough. Why this geezer hasn’t been given an OBE I don’t know at all.”
Rapper Plan B, who picked up the Breakthrough Artist award, said he had not expected to win.
The star, whose real name is Ben Drew, said: “I expect the worst, I expect people to ignore me and be down on me because that is what I’ve experienced. I’m a little bit unaware of how big it has got until other people make me aware of it.”
Big winners also included singer Florence Welch, of Florence And The Machine, who collected two prizes – best female, and best track for 'You’ve Got The Love'.
Kasabian were named best act in the world, beating bands such as Muse, Arcade Fire and Kings Of Leon, who are currently number one in the album chart.
The highly coveted best album prize went to New York band The National for their fifth release, 'High Violet', a top-five hit earlier this year.
Today’s bash – officially called the Q Awards 2010 with Russian Standard Vodka - also featured a number of other honorary titles.
These included recognition for suave Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry, who was named the Q icon, while Crowded House frontman and solo star Neil Finn took the classic songwriter prize.
Dance gurus The Chemical Brothers were handed the Q hero award while 'Band On The Run' by Wings – soon to be reissued 37 years after it was first released - took the Q classic album award.
Paul McCartney dedicated his award to late wife Linda who died in 1998 from cancer, but was part of the line-up which recorded the album.
“This album was quite a struggle to make. The Beatles were a pretty hard act to follow, and we were going to follow them,” he said.
As they were about to leave to record the album, two band members left the band and then when they arrived in Lagos – where it was recorded – they were mugged and lost the tapes.
“Linda was getting slagged off for being in the band. I was getting slagged off for letting her in the band. But we finally got it together on this album.
“This one’s for Linda,” added McCartney, who was given a standing ovation.
More contemporary winners at the event, hosted by comic Al Murray at the Grosvenor House Hotel, included Chase & Status whose 'End Credits' was handed the best video prize.
US punk-pop trio Green Day took the best live act award, while Paolo Nutini took the best male title.
Mumford & Sons were named best new act while newcomer Clare Maguire took the inaugural next big thing prize.
Producer Mark Ronson – whose studio wizardry helped to turn Amy Winehouse into a superstar – took the Q innovation in sound award.
Guests at the event included Charlotte Church, Sandie Shaw, KT Tunstall and Nadine Coyle.