Paul McCartney was one of the big winners last night at the Classical Brit Awards in London, where he took home the best album award.

McCartney's classical project "Ecce Cor Meum" (EMI Classics) beat out a strong list of classical stars and mainstream crossover artists which included Sting, Katherine Jenkins and Bryn Terfel.

Conducted by Gavin Greenway, "Ecce Cor Meum" was recorded at London's Abbey Road Studios between March 13-17, 2006. Among the artists that contributed to the sessions were EMI artist Kate Royal, the Boys of King's College Choir, Cambridge, the Boys of Magdalen College Choir, Oxford and the Academy Of St. Martin in the Fields.

Also on the night, Deutsche Grammophon-signed soprano Anna Netrebko's won singer of the year honors, the Berliner Philharmoniker and its conductor Sir Simon Rattle took out classical recording of the year for "Holst The Planets" (EMI Classics), and George Fenton's "Planet Earth" (EMI) nabbed the soundtrack of the year accolade.

And veteran British conductor Dr. Vernon Handley was feted with the lifetime achievement award.

The gala, now in its eight year, was organized by labels body the British Phonographic Industry and sponsored by the state-owned bank National Savings & Investment.

Six of the eight core categories were determined by an industry academy. A panel of classical reviewers from the U.K. media chose the critics award - won by Freiberg Baroque Orchestra/RIAS Kammerchoir/Rene Jacobs' for "Mozart - La Clemenza di Tito" (Harmonia Mundi).

Listeners to national commercial radio station Classic FM and readers of its monthly "Classic FM" monthly magazine voted-on the best album category, which was sponsored by NS&I.

A broadcast of the event will be aired in British national network ITV1 on May 13, and repeated May 20 on satellite and cable channel ITV3.