Former Bee Gee Barry Gibb said his brothers Robin and Maurice are still with him in spirit when he steps out on stage.
The 66-year-old singer, who has gone back on the road without his brothers after Robin died last May and Maurice died in 2003, won a lifetime achievement prize at the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards.
Speaking backstage, he said it was hard because the brothers, who started out as child performers in the 1950s, "were always together from when we were very little children" and "music was all we knew about".
He said: "Unless you've had loss yourself, it's a very difficult thing to explain but it's more tough for mum than it is for anyone else. We lost our dad too so I'm the eldest male now."
But he added: "I feel that they're with me, you know, because we always were together so I always think about what they would say about something, what Maurice would say, what Robin would say in any circumstance.
"So, you know, they are on stage with me and I feel like I'm with them."