The Who frontman Roger Daltrey was among the honorees at the British Academy of Composers & Songwriters' 32nd Gold Badge Awards, presented today (Oct. 26) at the Savoy hotel in London.

The Who frontman Roger Daltrey was among the honorees at the British Academy of Composers & Songwriters' 32nd Gold Badge Awards, presented today (Oct. 26) at the Savoy hotel in London.

Receiving the award, Daltrey thanked all the songwriters who he quipped “managed to keep me sane through the strange and difficult life I've had.”

Daltrey and Pete Townshend, the last surviving members of the powerhouse British rock act, are collaborating on a new album which is due for release in 2006.

Other honorees at the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society-sponsored lunchtime event included comedian Bill Bailey; Dramatico Records chairman Mike Batt, who has overseen the rise of British chart-topper Katie Melua; crooner Tony Christie; music publishing veteran Nigel Elderton, who is managing director of peermusic U.K.; jazz singer Sam Brown and Paddy Maloney, musician with traditional Irish band the Chieftans.

The awards are decided by a committee of BACS members.

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