Cowell among the guests as Sony's Rob Stringer scoops top award
Simon Cowell and the Manic Street Preachers were among the stars who turned out to see Sony Music Entertainment’s global CEO presented with a coveted award.
Rob Stringer was given the prestigious Music Industry Trusts Award at a ceremony packed with performances from stars such as Harry Styles and George Ezra.
He was presented with the accolade by Nicky Wire of Manic Street Preachers – a band Stringer signed in 1991 as they were starting out.
Hosted by Jo Whiley, the event at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel included performances from Styles, Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Ezra and Camila Cabello, all chart-topping artists who have worked with the executive during his career.
Guests watched a tribute video celebrating Stringer, with personal messages from music heavyweights like Bruce Springsteen, Barbra Streisand, Adele, Celine Dion, John Legend, Pharrell, Solange and Sade.
Attendees also included Kirsty Young, Gary Kemp, Paloma Faith, Mark Ronson, The Script, Hozier and London Grammar.
In its 26 years, the award has raised millions for music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins and the Brit Trust.
Previous winners include Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jools Holland, Annie Lennox and Cowell.