Ed Sheeran admitted he was shocked to win the Ivor Novello award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically for his song The A Team because he was convinced Adele would take home the gong.
The 21-year-old singer-songwriter, who was nominated against Adele and Florence + The Machine for the award, revealed he had set his sights on winning an Ivor since his first ever recording session.
– Ed Sheeran
I didn't expect to get it. I thought - Adele's phenomenal, Adele always wins the awards that she's nominated for and so I'd kind of resigned to that fact.
I was honoured to be nominated but it's a big surprise to win. Adele's doing pretty well - she's got six Grammies, so...
Sheeran also revealed how much of a triumph it was to win the award for The A Team, a song which he had been advised should never even have been released as a single.
He said: "I just didn't expect to get it so I'm very surprised. Also it's a brilliant thing for gingers - three gingers in the same category and I think we're doing well. Hooray for gingers!
"The Ivors is the one award as a songwriter you always dream of being nominated for. In my first studio session ever there were Ivor Novellos on the mantelpiece and ever since then I've set my sights on getting one.
"I've only been in the professional game a year, I started promo on the single May last year, and so it's an honour to get it, especially for a song like The A Team.
"It's a song I didn't expect to get radio play at all and a couple of people like Zane Lowe took a big risk playing it so I missed saying thank you to all radio in the speech, but I really appreciate that."
Although Adele finished second best to Sheeran in that award category, she went onto win two gongs of her own.
The Grammy Award-winning star was named as songwriter of the year, before picking up an award for the most performed work for her song Rolling in the Deep.
Here is a full list of the night's winners:
Best contemporary song - Video Games, Lana Del Rey
PRS for music most performed work - Rolling In The Deep, Adele
Best television soundtrack - The Shadow Line, Martin Phipps
The Ivors jazz award - Stan Tracey
Album award - Let England Shake, PJ Harvey
Outstanding song collection - Gary Kemp
The Ivors inspiration award - Siouxsie Sioux
Best original film score - The First Grader, Alex Heffes
PRS for Music outstanding contribution to British music - Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Jason
Orange, Mark Owen and Robbie Williams (Take That)
Best song musically and lyrically - The A Team, Ed Sheeran
Lifetime achievement - Mark Knopfler
Songwriter of the year - Adele Adkins
PRS for Music special international award - Jimmy Webb
BASCA fellowship - Andrew Lloyd Webber