Long may Adele’s reign continue.
The superstar added another award to her extensive collection on Thursday after she picked up Songwriter of the Year at this year’s Ivor Novello Awards .
The Hello singer was honoured for her third album 25 at the glitzy bash, alongside James Bay – who picked up a gong for the song that received the most airtime with Hold Back The River.
Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran Wasn’t Expecting That as his music protege Jamie Lawson beat him to the award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically.
Adele won for 25
Jamie Lawson beat mentor Ed Sheeran to the gong
Since Adele is currently touring for her acclaimed album in Germany, she was unable to accept the prestigious accolade in person.
The statuette was presented by host Paul Gambaccini to her manager Jonathan Dickins, who introduced a video message recorded by Adele.
Upon collecting the prize, Dickins said: “I’ll keep it brief, miracles do happen because Adele couldn’t be here cause she’s touring!
James Bay with his award
“I’ll keep this short because no wants to hear me spout on. Before I do the management equivalent of p***ing off this stage and do the management equivalent of DHL and go off to Lisbon to deliver this award to Adele here’s a few words from her.”
In the video message, Adele let slip that the last time she was presented with the prize at the Ivor Novello Awards – which recognises excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing – for her second LP 21 she was “secretly pregnant” with her now three-year-old son Angelo with partner Simon Konecki.
Adele and boyfriend Simon
She said: “Hey everyone at the Ivor Novellos, hi from Germany, I’m currently in Hamburg on tour. Thank you for this award for Songwriter of the Year, I won it for my last album as well so to win it this time is truly amazing, I’m very, very grateful. Good luck to everyone there, congratulations.
“Last time it was the last award of the night but I was secretly pregnant so I couldn’t really enjoy. But cheers, bottoms up, whatever. See you later.”
25 was the world’s best-selling album of 2015 with 17.4 million copies sold within the year and it has now sold 19 million copies globally.
Elsewhere at the awards ceremony sponsored by PRS for Music and BASCA, Snakehips picked up the Best Contemporary Song award for All My Friends.
Speaking before they picked up the prize the electronic duo – of Oliver Lee and James Carter – said: “Skepta has had an amazing year its crazy to be nominated in the same category as him. I am nervous, I think he’ll win.”
Jess Glynne attending the 61st Annual Ivor Novello Music Awards at Grosvenor House in London
Craig David ahead of the ceremony
And Simple Minds were honoured with the Outstanding Song Collection award.
On winning, frontman Jim Kerr said: “It’s still surreal coming to these kind of events. We said before it wouldn’t be before our time.
“We are really chuffed it is great to be recognised for song writing.”