Dean Stockings; Mike OwenBoy George, Annie Lennox and famed songwriter Paul Williams were among the honorees at the 2015 Ivor Novello Awards, held today in London.

The Culture Club frontman was presented with the Outstanding Contribution to British Music prize. The BBC reports that in his acceptance speech, Boy George described himself as “a melody writer who doesn’t play any instruments,” and said, “it’s amazing I managed to have this 30-year-plus career doing what I love. What a life.”

Lennox became the first woman to receive a Fellowship to BASCA, the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, in recognition of her philanthropy and activism, as well as for her musical achievements. In presenting the honor to the ex-Eurythmics singer, Elton John praised her for her work supporting “women, human rights and, above all, the fight against HIV.”

Lennox said during her speech, “I don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t become a singer-songwriter because creating music was all I ever wanted to do.”

John also presented the Songwriter of the Year award to Ed Sheeran.

Williams received the Special International Award, while veteran singer/songwriter Albert Hammond was honored with the Outstanding Song Collection prize. Among the evening’s other honorees were Midge Ure and Bob Geldof, who won The Ivors Special Anniversary Award for their work on the Band Aid charity song “Do They Know It’s Christmas,” which celebrated its 30th anniversary last year.

Queen guitarist Brian May also took part in the ceremony, presenting heavy-metal legends Black Sabbath with the Lifetime Achievement award.

You can check out the complete list of winners at

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