The music therapy charity pays tribute...

U2 and Razorlight were honoured this afternoon at the O2 SILVER CLEF AWARDS for NORDOFF ROBBINS.

The music industry awards ceremony – which included an auction – has taken place every year for the past 30 in aid of the music therapy charity.

Nordoff Robbins is a charity which administers music-related therapies to mentally and physically handicapped people who cannot communicate in other ways.

Money is raised by guests paying for tickets for the gala lunch at London ‘s Intercontinental Hotel and from top-dollar auction lots, which included trips to the set of the new James Bond film and to see [url=]Elton John in Las Vegas.

U2 were presented with a Lifetime Achievement award, while [a][/a] were given a Best New Rock award.

Guitarist Bjorn Agren told NME.COM: “The award’s all fun and good, but we’re here to try and convince people to donate some of their hard earned cash to charity.”

“It’s basically music therapy to enable kids with disabilities. Everyone who’s ever listened to music knows how easy it is to reach you emotionally. There’s a connection straight away, it starts working its magic, and it’s great if you can use that for a really good purpose. There’s a lot of mentally disabled kids living happily and not having many problems but there are some that have huge problems with communicating to anyone. So if you can make life easier by letting them bang on some drums, then why not? That’s great.”

The full list of winners was:

Heart Female Artist Of The Year: Natasha Bedingfield

Heart Male Artist Of The Year: Lemar

PPL Classical Award: Katherine Jenkins

Raymond Weil International Award: Sir Bob Geldof

HMV Best New Music (Pop): McFly

HMV Best New Music (Rock): Razorlight

Robertson Taylor 30th Anniversary Award: The Who

O2 Silver Clef Lifetime Achievement Award: U2

Guests at the ceremony, which was presented by Chris Evans, included TV presenters Jamie Theakston and Jeremy Clarkson, and popsters Javine and Jenny Frost.