Imelda May bagged the Artist of the Year Award at Thursday's Irish Post Awards ceremony which was held in London's Grosvenor House Hotel.

The 40th annual Irish Post Awards, which are organised to champion the Irish community, was hosted by Eamonn Holmes and saw a host of famous faces attend.

Dublin singer May said she was "thrilled and honoured" to receive the award, which was handed to her by TV presenter and comedian Dara Ó Briain.

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Meanwhile, Snow Patrol star Johnny McDaid, who attended the awards with his partner Courteney Cox, scooped the Outstanding Contribution to Music gong.

The Derry native was treated to a video tribute that Cox organised which contained contributions from some of his famous pals who he has worked with over the years.

While accepting the award, he said: "I’m absolutely overwhelmed by all those amazing messages, I’m amazed by Courteney going to that effort – thank you darling."

He subsequently took to Twitter to say he was "very moved by" the tribute.

Thank you to the #IrishPostAwards for the incredible honour tonight. Very moved by all those who contributed and grateful for all the love. JMD

— Johnny McDaid (@johnnymcdaid) November 24, 2017

Ed Sheeran, Robbie Williams, Alicia Keys and his Snow Patrol bandmate Gary Lightbody all voiced their respect for the 41-year-old musician.

Former Take That star Williams said: "He’s like a musical therapist, he got me to be the most vulnerable that I’ve ever been on any song ever", while Snow Patrol singer Lighbody commented: "I don’t remember how Johnny and I met, I don’t remember a time when I didn’t know him.

"His contribution over the last two decades to Irish music is immense."

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Musician Niall Breslin cosied up to former Friends star Courteney Cox at the awards and snapped a selfie where the actress was holding The Little Book of Sound, which Breslin has been involved with promoting.

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Bob Geldof was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award which was presented to him by actress Fionnula Flanagan, who herself received the honour in 2015.

The Boomtown Rats star gave an passionate speech onstage while collecting the gong, in which he tackled the Brexit challenge.

He said: "Over 90 percent of the Irish in Britain – the great Irish cities of London, Manchester, Liverpool, Derry and Belfast voted to remain.

"It is in the interest of Britain to stay in Europe, as it is in the interest of Ireland to be allied with Britain in Europe, and this is very dangerous for our native country and it is very dangerous for here.

"We have a year and a half to prevent this catastrophe

"As Irish we’re used to watching the British shoot themselves in the foot. But this is the first time I’ve seen them knife themselves in the guts."

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Other recipients on the night were Cork brothers Gary and Paul O'Donovan, who won the Outstanding Contribution to Sport, and The Apprentice star Karren Brady who bagged the Outstanding Contribution to Business gong.

The event closed with a special performance by Johnny McDaid and Kodaline.