A tearful Adele was named songwriter of the year at the Ivor Novello Awards - and promptly gave the gong away.
Presented with the award by Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox, Adele said she had learned from the reviews of her first album.
"The main thing was, my songs weren't as good as my voice, which I hadn't realised but I took it on board and now I'm songwriter of the year," she said.
She dedicated the award to her manager Jonathan Dickins and said: "This award is going on your shelf, not mine."
The Grammy Award-winning singer also picked up the award for most performed work for her song Rolling In The Deep at the central London ceremony and joked she never expected it to be a hit.
"I really didn't think it was going to do anything anywhere."