ADELE made up for her nominations snub by being named Songwriter of the Year at today’s Ivor Novello awards.
The British superstar missed out in the main categories but more than made up for it by winning the prestigious gong for the second time at the London bash.
It follows an incredible seven months for Adele after releasing her third album 25 in November, during which time she has sold 19million records worldwide and won a record four Brit Awards.
Adele missed out in every category voted for by her fellow songwriters, but her Songwriter of the Year gong was awarded to her directly by the Ivors committee.
Speaking on a video message recorded backstage on tour in Hamburg, Germany, she said: “Thank you so much for this award, the songwriter of the year. I got it for my last album as well so to win it again I am very grateful.”
Her manager Jonathan Dickens, who collected the prize on her behalf, joked: “Miracles do happen because Adele can’t be here and she’s touring.”
Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran was trumped by his own protégée at the awards do.
The ginger singer was beaten by his record label signing Jamie Lawson to the Best Song Musically and Lyrically prize, with the 40-year-old’s soppy hit I Wasn’t Expecting That triumphing over Ed and Rudimental’s Bloodstream.
It was an ironic turn of the tables for the pair after Ed offered the Irishman a lifeline by making him the first artist signed to his label Gingerbread Records last year.
Jamie said he would be "eternally grateful" to Ed in his speech but will have plenty of time to rub it in his boss's face as they have made plans to collaborate together later this year.
He revealed: “I’d love to write with Ed. I think we’re going to try and do it this year when he gets back, probably for my record. We’ll see if we can make it happen.”
Damon Albarn clocked up his third Ivor Novello after being presented the Lifetime Achievement award.
He has previously been named Songwriter of the Year twice - with Blur in 1996 and Gorillaz ten years later.
James Bay capped off an extraordinary debut album campaign by winning his first Ivor Novello.
The hat-wearing star’s hit single Hold Back the River beat Jess Glynne and Years & Years to PRS Award for Most Performed Work.
In other words, the track received more radio airplay than any other over the last twelve months.
Accepting the trophy, he said: “I didn’t expect it. I don’t stick to the numbers, I think to the writing and stuff.”
Other winners on the day included Villagers, Simple Minds and Happy Mondays.