Singer Amy Winehouse made a surprise appearance at the Q Awards bash but managed to bungle her appearance on stage twice.
The troubled chart star, who recently had a boob job, was due to present an award to The Specials alongside record producer and film-maker Don Letts, but she failed to appear on stage at both attempts.
Eventually Letts handed the prize to the band with the awards host attempting to fill her place. He told guests: “What do I do if I'm Amy?” He then downed a pint of beer in one and added: “I feel sick now.”
Winehouse strutted on stage as the band began to make their acceptance speech, then after they had left instructed guests: “Put your hands together for the most inspirational band of all times, The Specials.”
As the 2 Tone band, known for its multicultural line-up, collected their award frontman Terry Hall mocked BNP leader Nick Griffin, who last week appeared on BBC1's Question Time.
Arctic Monkeys came top in the best live act category following a battle with acts such as U2, Blur and Take That.
Florence & The Machine was one of the leaders in the nominations with three nods, including breakthrough artist, best video and best album, but the act left empty-handed.
Lady GaGa's catchy Just Dance won best video, but she was beaten in the breakthrough artist category by Mr Hudson.
Lily Allen won best track for her hit The Fear.
Indie rockers Kasabian won best album for the Mercury Prize-nominated West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum.
Robert Plant won the outstanding contribution to music award, while Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, got the classic songwriter gong.