Jools Holland presented with the 20th Music Industry Trusts Award

Jools Holland, piano player, big band leader, TV presenter, former punk pop-star, deputy Lieutenant of Kent andOBE, was honoured this evening with the prestigious Music Industry Trusts Award sponsored by PPL, Ingenious and Spotify.

The Award, presented to Jools Holland by close friend Jennifer Saunders, was made in recognition of his outstanding contribution to music and music broadcasting over three decades.

Jools Holland (pictured right with PPL Chairman and CEO Fran Nevrkla): "30 years of television, 25 of big band and probably 40 years since first playing the pubs...that's why I'm delighted to receive this, with all of those in mind. But I think this Award also helps to celebrate and draw people's attention to Nordoff Robbins and the BRIT School, so it's more about them than it is about me."

Imelda May, Rumer, Paul Weller and Jool's Rhythm & Blues Orchestra featuring Ruby Turner gave live performances.

Held at London's Grosvenor House hotel, 1000 guests attended this charity event in aid of Nordoff Robbins and The BRIT Performing Arts & Technology School. As well as paying tribute to Jools Holland, guests also celebrated the Music Industry Trusts Award 20th anniversary and its achievement in raising over £4 million for charity. Previous recipients have included Sir George Martin, John Barry, Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Kylie Minogue, Ahmet Ertegun, and last year, Tom Jones.