Lily's tears over Ivor Novello win
Lily Allen broke down in tears as her song The Fear scooped major prizes at the Ivor Novello Awards.
The tune won both the PRS for Music most performed work award as well as best song musically and lyrically.
Wiping away tears as she reached the stage, Lily 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."
Lily was in tears again later when she and Greg Kurstin were named as the songwriters of the year.
Confessing she felt like she was in a school assembly, she said: "There are lots of aspects of my job which have nothing to do with songwriting. Some of them I enjoy, some of them I don't."
But she added: "I really feel genuinely thrilled and honoured to be given this award."
Lily continued: "I should probably thank the subjects of my songs, some of them shall remain nameless and others will have to live with the consequences - but that's their fault."
Earlier as she arrived for the London ceremony, Lily confessed she still regards her songs as "nursery rhymes".
The star was wearing a long primrose-coloured gown and holding her four-year-old sister Teddy Rose in her arms. She said she was "really happy" with her nominations, but added: "I still just kind of think my songs are like nursery rhymes - little ditties. We'll see what happens."
Asked backstage if her Novello success would make her reconsider plans to "retire", Lily shook her head and said: "I don't know about that."