|Peter Gabriel (center) is congratulated by BMI's Nick Robinson and Tabitha Capaldi|
Those paying tribute to Gabriel, who began his career with Genesis before becoming a successful solo artist, included U2's Bono, R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe and film director Martin Scorsese.
The honorary award is given each year to an artist who has made an outstanding contribution to the British music industry. Previous recipients include Elton John and Beatles' producer George Martin. The ceremony is also a fundraiser for Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy and the Brit Trust.