It's impossible to top a speech by Bill Withers, so host Paul Gambaccini doesn't even try - he simply says goodbye.
Bill was honoured on the night along with the likes of Pulp, Florence and Gary Numan.
Coldplay, Skepta and Michael Kiwanuka were among the prizes but the story of the afternoon is surely Laura Mvula - dropped by her record label - scooping best album.
Scroll down for more from the awards plus tributes to the singer Chris Cornell, who has died at the age of of 52.
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Kevin Titman said "The man was, is and will always be a legend with a legendary voice.
"I simply cannot get to grips with the idea of a world without Chris Cornell and therefore no Soundgarden."
Andrew McGuinness added: "Best voice in rock. 4 octave vocal range. Drop tuning master. Original grunge kid. #outshined
"Just pure rock god. And the original grunge kid who grew up to be a rock god for everyone," wrote Ben Paul Bedford Cowell.
Sheila Farris could only say "Just so sad."
We'll back back tomorrow with a Great Escape Festival special from Brighton, bringing you all the news and bands-to-watch from the annual event by the sea.
We'll leave you with a Soundgarden classic.