Tony Hadley, frontman of '80s hitmakers Spandau Ballet, was among the honorees at the British Academy of Composers & Songwriters' (BACS) 30th Gold Badge Awards, presented today (Oct. 27) in London

Tony Hadley, frontman of '80s hitmakers Spandau Ballet, was among the honorees at the British Academy of Composers & Songwriters' (BACS) 30th Gold Badge Awards, presented today (Oct. 27) in London.

Hadley performed vocal duties on the pop band's string of U.K. top 10 hits, which included 1983 chart-topper "True" (Reformation). On receiving the accolade, he quipped that the last time he "won an award was for [swimming] the width at school."

Sponsored by the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society, the event acknowledges outstanding services to songwriting. Other honorees at the luncheon included Moody Blues vocalist Justin Hayward, female rocker Suzi Quatro, music publishing veteran Bob Clifford, conductor Vernon Handley and magazine publisher/journalist David Hepworth.

The 12 awards are decided by a committee of BACS members.

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