Noel Gallagher was declared a “Godlike Genius” at the NME Awards.
The former Oasis frontman took to the stage at the Brixton Academy last night to collect his honour.
The magazine’s editor Krissi Murison said he was “a man who has written more anthems in the last two decades than anyone else”.
The audience saw tributes from Paul Weller, Kinks frontman Ray Davies and comic Russell Brand who said the songwriter was “a hero to a generation”.
The former Oasis guitarist paid tribute to his fans, saying: “I’d like to start by saying to all the people up there who bothered to buy a ticket, a CD, or a T-shirt because that’s what ****ing counts: the merchandise, thank you.”
Also picking up an honorary award were Pulp who were recognised for their Outstanding Contribution to Music.
Frontman Jarvis Cocker dedicated the award to “all the people who came to see us last year”.
The Sheffield-born frontman said: “A concert without an audience is just a very long soundcheck.”
Other big winners included Florence + The Machine who won Best Solo Artist, beating Adele to the award, despite admitting “it’s never been clear whether I am a solo artist”.
The singer also won Best Track for 'Shake It Out'.
Kasabian opened the show and won Best British Band with the Foo Fighters picking up the international equivalent.
The Leicester rockers dedicated their award to Davy Jones and burst into an impromptu version of The Monkees theme on stage.
The night included performances by Florence + The Machine, The Horrors and The Vaccines who were voted Best New Band.
Arctic Monkeys won the accolade of Best Live Band.
Best Album went to The Horrors for 'Skying' and Katy B’s 'Broken Record' was named Dancefloor Anthem.
Host Jack Whitehall saw his own show, student comedy 'Fresh Meat', named Best TV Show.
The reunion of the Stone Roses was declared the year’s Greatest Music Moment and fellow Mancunians The Smiths got the nod for Best Reissue for the complete re-release of their albums.
Their guitarist, Johnny Marr, paid tribute to his old bandmates and said: “I’m really, really happy people still like those songs because we really liked making them”.
Muse frontman Matt Bellamy was named Hero 0f The Year while Justin Bieber was declared Villain Of The Year for the second time in a row.
He also picked up the Worst Album gong for 'Under The Mistletoe'.
'X-Factor' losers One Direction were named Worst Band.
NME editor Krissi Murison said more than 10 million votes had been cast for the annual awards on the magazine's website.
Highlights from the show will be broadcast on Channel 4 on Saturday.