The GQ Men of the Year awards is always an excuse to get my gladrags on and party with the A-Listers. So I popped down to the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden after the awards for the after party.
Even though the ceremony was yet to finish I immediately bumped into Steve Coogan, Tom Chaplin from Keane and Jodie Harsh standing outside puffing on fags after growing tired inside.
In fact the smoking area seemed to be the area that all the stars flocked to throughout the evening. I spotted radio DJ Nick Grimshaw and Will Young engrossed in conversation puffing away in a corner. They seemed slightly enamoured with each other.
Jerry Hall, Jo Wood and Tracey Emin seemed to spend much of the evening running back and forth from the smoking area to the downstairs dining area. They are all uber glamorous in my eyes. Jerry seems to have aged quite a bit lately and although she’s still a proper icon she seemed a little more “old lady”. The glam long model hair of yester year is long gone…..
The person everyone was talking about was part time singer Lily Allen. She was pretty wasted. Actually, she was fill blown wrecked and should have been carted out of there the minute the awards finished. I went to say hi and she barked: “Fuck yourself.” I replied: “Charming, just charming.” Another pal of mine accidentally stepped on her Dolce and Gabbana gown and she literally yelled: “Get off my fucking dress.” I actually don’t fully understand why she was hosting the event with Sir Elton John at all. She’s not been releasing new material of late and has purely been known for the past few months for her fast paced love life and her out of control lifestyle. Out of control she was – and severely wild eyed! And it’s even more annoying because in the past she’s been a dream to natter to.
Lily also managed to ruin the night for her brother Alfie and his girlfriend Jaime Winstone by announcing the pair’s engagement live on stage as she invited her to the stage to present an award. It was being kept a secret until a drunken Lily let it slip.
I saw Jaime pacing around the balcony area snapping at Alfie saying: “Where’s Lil?”
But it was Lily’s verbal bitching contest with co-host Sir Elton John that had everybody talking. When she introduced Countdown legend Carol Vorderman to the stage with a verbal tirade, saying the F word five times in the same sentence, Elt decided enough was enough.
Lily made an announcement saying: “…and now the most important part of the night” Elton snapped “What? Are you going to have another drink?”
She immediately fired back: “F*** off Elton. I am 40 years younger than you and have my whole life ahead of me!” The shocked audience fell silent. A clearly rattled Elton replied: “I could still snort you under the table.” To which she replied: “F*** off. I don’t know what you are talking about.”
I also managed to catch up with two of my favourite female celebrities too – Denise Van Outen and Tess Daly. Denise was gushing about boyfriend Lee Mead and even showed me her phone screen saver and it was a mushy picture of the Joseph star. Bless! Tess was gushing non stop about her hubby Vernon Kay and she looked seriously sexy in her sparkly number. Tess is genuinely one of the showbiz world’s nicest people – and she’s so over excited about this years Strictly Come Dancing series. “It’s going to be the best yet,” she said.
I shared a wonderful glass or two of Laurent Perrier champagne with Jodie Harsh – who was sporting a pin in his hair saying ‘Harsh’. It was so like Amy Winehouse’s ‘Blake’ badge! Hilariously Jodie struggled to keep his huge wig on with the blustery wind on the balcony of the Opera House. At one point he literally grabbed hold of it in case it flew off. That would have been seriously funny!
Anyway – the winners were…..and the presenters are in brackets!
Led Zeppelin (Dave Grohl)
Tony Bennett (Elton John)
Lifetime Achievement Award
David Bailey (Jerry Hall)
Alfred Dunhill Maverick Award
Mark Ronson (Ricky Wilson)
Politician of the Year
Boris Johnson (Trinny & Susannah)
International Man of the Year
Josh Brolin (Thandie Newton)
Blackberry Entrepreneur of the Year
Gordon Ramsay (Elizabeth Hurley)
Band of the Year
Primal Scream (Elle Macpherson)
Radio Personality of the Year
Chris Evans (Will Young)
Chef of the Year
Mark Hix (Saffron Aldridge)
Most Stylish Man of the Year
Brandon Flowers (David Furnish)
Newspaper Editor of the Year
Peter Wright (Piers Morgan by video)
James Corden (Ruth Jones)
Woman of the Year
Sam Taylor Wood (Daniel Craig by video)
TV Personality of the Year
James Nesbitt (Tracey Emin)
Christopher Bailey (Orlando Bloom)
Author of the Year
Joseph O’Neill (Carol Vorderman)
Actor of the Year
Steve Coogan (Rob Brydon)
Comedians of the Year
Mighty Boosh (Jaime Winstone)
Sir Peter Blake (Dylan Jones)
Sportsman of the Year
Jo Calzaghe (video acceptance)
Editor’s Special Award
Rio Ferdinand (video acceptance)
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