French hands 'tip-top' Moyet award
Dawn French handed out an award to her wedding singer and "totally tip-top bird" Alison Moyet at a music industry bash.
The comic said the singer, who performed at her wedding earlier this year in Cornwall, was "entirely brilliant".
Presenting her with the Silver Clef Icon award, she said the former Yazoo singer has "put being human to music so eloquently for so long she describes our joy, our rage, our guilt, our secrets and our truths".
She added: "What a totally tip-top bird she is."
Moyet, whose album has been a top five hit, said she turned down the chance to record a covers album to make her new collection of original songs.
Speaking backstage at the awards, she said: "I got plenty of deal offers to make covers albums but to make a whole album of original material is not an easy thing to do. Three years of fighting for it."
Other winners at the event, formally known as the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards, were One Direction who saw off competition from Glastonbury headliners The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay to be be named the best live act.
The boyband, who were put together during the X Factor in 2010, won a public vote picking up around a quarter of the 26,000 votes cast.
Other winners include veteran punk rockers The Clash, former Bee Gee Barry Gibb - who collected a lifetime achievement award - and Ray Davies who won the Ambassador of Rock award.
Chart star Labrinth was recognised for his innovation in music at the annual lunch at the London Hilton.