Music mogul Simon Cowell has been honoured with the Music Industry Trusts Award.

The 56-year-old was presented the award by his very own musical creation One Direction, last night at a ceremony in London, for his contribution to music and charitable causes.

Performances on the night came courtesy of: Labrinth, Il Divo, and Olly Murs. X-Factor star Leona Lewis, who won the show in 2006, also took to the stage to pay homage to Cowell.

Louis Walsh, Little Mix and Ella Henderson paid tribute to the star in a video played at the ceremony, which was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

Prime-Minister David Cameron also spoke, saying: “Simon, you may be known as TV’s bad guy, but for many years you’ve been doing good. Simon, you may not have tact but you certainly have talent.”