Lily's tears at Novello Awards
Lily Allen broke down in tears as she received a trio of prizes at the Ivor Novello Awards on Thursday- on the cusp of her apparent retirement.
Allen's number one hit song The Fear scooped both the PRS for Music most performed work award and the prize for best song musically and lyrically.
The 25-year-old star rounded off the ceremony with a hat-trick when she and writing partner Greg Kurstin were named as the songwriters of the year.
Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr and music impresario Sir Tim Rice were also among those honoured at the respected songwriting event, while Noel Gallagher declared his love for Paul Weller as he presented him with a lifetime achievement gong.
Wiping away tears as she picked up an award for The Fear, Allen said: "Thank you, I'm trying so hard to hold it together...
"This song is so much about feeling so lost... it has made me feel quite found all of a sudden."
But asked backstage if her Novello success would make her reconsider plans to "retire", Allen shook her head and said: "I don't know about that."
She also joked that the awards could make her writing fees go up.
Allen has talked of stepping back for a few years with no plans to record a follow-up to her second album It's Not Me, It's You.
The singer shed tears again later when she picked up the songwriter of the year prize.