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Mel B scoops TV personality award

X Factor judge Mel B has scooped an award for her starring role in the TV singing contest.

The former Spice Girl was named top TV personality at the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women Awards, held at London's One Mayfair tonight, which recognised her popularity on the ITV show's judging panel.

Davina McCall collected the editor's choice prize and Dame Vivienne Westwood was named Ultimate Icon at the ceremony which celebrated women in the entertainment industry, as well as ordinary women and their achievements.

Taylor Swift grabbed herself another award for Ultimate International Music Star, former X Factor contestant Ella Henderson got Ultimate UK Music Artist, and model and reigning Strictly Come Dancing champion Abbey Clancy was named Ultimate Style Icon.

Henderson said: "It means a lot. Everything has been so crazy and busy lately so to be back in the UK and get dressed up for the night, it's great.

"It's all about women and glamour, and to receive something for my music, I feel very proud tonight."

Men were not completely absent from the winners' list - the McBusted boys picked up Ultimate Men of the Year, while Samuel L Jackson was chosen as Ultimate International Man of the Year.

Other winners at the awards, hosted by Fearne Cotton, included Ellen Page for Ultimate Inspiration and Girls star Lena Dunham for Ultimate Writer.

Pixie Lott, Tulisa Contostavlos, Judy Murray and Kelly Brook were among the invited guests joining the winners for the evening, and those who chose the real-life winners were Cotton, her fellow Radio 1 presenter Jameela Jamil, Made In Chelsea's Millie Mackintosh, Danny O'Donoghue from The Script and Baroness Karren Brady.

The event, sponsored by Baileys, saw girl group The Saturdays taking the "fabulous friends" award.

Mollie King said of The Saturdays' win: "It's such a huge compliment - whatever we've achieved with our musical careers it's great that people have noticed what good friends we are and that we will be friends for life."

Bandmate Una Foden added: "Being in a group, when we had our first number one we shared that with each other and in our personal lives we've been through so much."

King said the group had been showing their support for another of their members, Frankie Bridge, in Strictly Come Dancing: "We're all there, we're like pushy parents shouting 'Come on, Frankie!'."

Foden said: "We don't want to put her off because if she catches our eye it could all go wrong."

Danny O'Donoghue, who was one of the judges for the awards, explained how he had chosen the winners.

He said: "I asked myself what the meaning of life is and it's to have a life with meaning. Find what you love, do it 'til you die and if you're making an impact on people's lives, that's a life well lived.

"That's exactly what I look for in a girlfriend. A sense of humour and patience are also important if you want to go out with me, and I love brains, I love knowing that I'm not the smartest person in the room."

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