Wilko Johnson: Sir Elton John's Award Tribute
Sir Elton John has paid tribute to terminally ill British guitar legend Wilko Johnson by presenting him with an award he had just received himself.
The singer, who had been handed the Genius award at the GQ ceremony by the Dr Feelgood musician, promptly handed it back to him declaring: "You're the f*****g genius here."
Sir Elton added: "He's too busy living life to think about f*****g dying."
Speaking later, Johnson, who has cancer of the pancreas and has chosen not to undergo treatment, said he was "very, very touched" by the gesture.
He said: "I didn't expect it, but I'll probably put the award on my mantelpiece like you're supposed to."
A founding member of the 1970s Essex band Dr Feelgood, noted for his exuberant performances and mad-eyed stare, Johnson later went on to lead his own band and had a stint in Ian Dury's band The Blockheads.
He has won a new generation of fans who watch him on the TV fantasy series Game Of Thrones, in which he appeared as silent executioner Ilyn Payne.
The GQ Awards also saw Hollywood star Michael Douglas, who is temporarily separated from his Welsh-born actress wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, declared a legend.
The couple announced last week they were "taking some time apart" to work on their marriage.
Douglas admitted this year had "been something" and said his award was a "polite way of saying this is my third act".
He was presented with the award by fellow actor Samuel L Jackson at a dinner attended by celebrities including Lou Reed, Justin Timberlake and Sir Bobby Charlton.
The event at The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, central London, was hosted by comic Rob Brydon and saw Sir Bobby given a Lifetime Achievement award by current Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand.