Adele's hit song 'Rolling in the Deep' has been given song of the year at the Broadcast Music Inc London awards.
The track co-written by Paul Epworth was the most played song in the US in 2011, receiving 1.35 million plays on TV and Radio. Since the song has been released in 2010, its two million airplays is the equivalent of it being played back to back for almost twelve years. The song spent seven weeks at the top of the billboard in the US, with it remaining in the charts for sixthy five weeks.
British songwriter Fraser T Smith was honoured for helping co-write another one of Adele's hitmakers 'Set Fire to the Rain'. He said he was "very proud" of the award adding, "writers are the unsung heroes of the music industry".
But the writer, who is currently working on new albums for Katy B and Lily Allen, said he was happy to stay in the background. "The reason a lot of us do what we do is we like taking a step back. When you see the rigours of being an artist, you count your blessings. Us writers, we feel quite comfortable in the darkened, dingy studios."
The event was held at the prestigious Dorchester Hotel in London with other British acts such as Tinie Tempah and Coldplay getting recognised for there US success.
Dwina Gibb, the widow of Bee Gees star Robin, also attended the event. She collected three awards on behalf of her late husband's group with smash hit Stayin' Alive amassing three million plays to date.