John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono proudly accepted a lifetime achievement award for her music, watched by the couple's 33–year-old son Sean.
Asked what her husband's reaction would have been to the accolade at the Mojo magazine ceremony, Yoko, more usually known for her avant-garde artistic work, replied: "He would have said, 'I told you so, man'."
The 76-year-old, who has made two dozen albums in 41 years, some with the late Beatle and some on her own, said John's encouragement kept her going when others doubted her talent. "Without that I might have been pretty discouraged," she admitted.
Paying tribute to Yoko, Mojo editor Phil Alexander insisted her significance went beyone a high-profile marriage. "She also helped change music as we know it in her own right."
Trendy producer Mark Ronson, who's known for his work with Amy Winehouse and was at the gala, described himself as a "fan".
"All those early Plastic Ono recordings are just incredible," he said referring to the band Yoko set up with John
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