Bryan Ferry was honored as a "BMI Icon" at a gala diner in London's Dorchester Hotel tonight.

Ferry was added to a list that in recent years has included fellow Brits Ray Davies, Steve Winwood and Peter Gabriel at the 2008 installment of the BMI London Awards.

The ceremony was hosted by BMI president and CEO Del Bryant, along with senior VP of artist and publisher relations Phil Graham -- the latter stepping into the breach at the last minute as BMI's London-based executive director, writer/publisher relations Europe & Asia, Brandon Bakshi had to leave the event when he heard his wife had just given birth.

The annual event honored the past year's most-played songs on U.S. radio and television by writers and publishers from the United Kingdom, Europe and Jamaica.

EMI Music Publishing writer Ferry was added to the roster of BMI Icons in recognition of his body of work as a solo artist and as the frontman of Roxy Music. His compositions include such songs as "Love is the Drug," "Slave to Love," "Angel Eyes" and "More Than This," but the award also recognised Ferry's contribution as an interpreter of other people's material, ranging from classic songs from the pre-rock'n'roll era through to his most recent album, the 2007 Bob Dylan tribute "Dylanesque" (Virgin).

In his speech, Ferry repeatedly paid tribute to his Roxy Music colleagues, of who Brian Eno, Phil Manzanera and Paul Thompson were in the room. Earlier, Ferry had made light of his Icon status, joking to Billboard.Biz before the presentation that he would "have to look it up in the dictionary." However, he added, "it's nice to be given an award for something -- songwriting -- which is maybe the hidden part of what I do; it's sort of the 'iceberg' bit."

Ferry also said that he has just begun writing for a future solo project, "Sometimes," he admitted, "you think well, everybody's heard enough of what you do, and you get despondent and think nobody wants to hear this -- they want to hear some 23-year-olds' band or something. But I've got two songs that I think sound all right -- I think they'll probably come out as solo things."

At the BMI ceremony, other key awards of the night included "Irreplaceable," performed by Beyonce, which won the Robert S. Musel award for song of the year. The song was co-written by Amund Bjorklund and Espen Lind (members of Norwegian performing right society TONO and represented in the U.S. by BMI) along with Ne-Yo, and published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd./Stellar Songs Ltd.

Modest Mouse's "Dashboard" was named college song of the year for most performances on U.S. college radio. It was co-written by Johnny Marr (represented by PRS), Tom Peloso and Joe Plummer and published by Chrysalis Music.

The BMI dance award went to "Beautiful Liar," recorded by Beyonce and Shakira and co-written by Ian Dench and Amanda Ghost (both represented by PRS). "Beautiful Liar" is published by Bucks Music Group Ltd. (PRS), EMI Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS) and Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS).

"Million-Air" certificates were also presented throughout the evening in recognition of songs that have achieved more than three million U.S. radio and television performances.

The list was headed by the Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," co-penned by Sir Mick Jagger (PRS) and Keith Richards (PRS), and Eric Clapton's (PRS) "Layla," co-written with Jim Gordon, with seven million performances each. John Lennon's "Imagine" (PRS) was recognized for six million performances.

Five-million performance honorees included "But It's Alright," by Pierre Tubbs (PRS) and J.J. Jackson; "Higher Love," co-penned by Steve Winwood (PRS) and Will Jennings; Graham Lyle's (PRS) "What's Love Got To Do With It"; and "You Really Got Me," by Ray Davies (PRS).

A complete list of 2008 BMI London Award winners is available at bmi.com/london.