Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Elton & Lily Allen Feud On Stage at GQ 2008

The combined star power of Lily Allen and Elton John presenting the GQ Men of the Year Awards must have looked like a dream ticket on paper.

But the two stars didn't exactly see eye-to-eye at last night's star-studded event at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.

As the evening wore on, Lily's state gradually deteriorated as she continually sipped champagne on stage.

The 23-year-old, decked out in an extravagant ball gown, soon began slurring, swearing and ad-libbing - and it was only a matter of time before she had an all-too-public fall-out on stage with co-host Elton.

When she came to announce '...and now the most important part of the night', Elton chipped in 'What? Are you going to have another drink?'

She 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.'

On more than one occasion, Elton could be seen having a stern word with her in the wings between awards.

She barely made it off the stage after the awards ended - before drinking even more at the afterparty.

At one point during the evening, Lily even described her younger brother Alfie's girlfriend Jamie Winstone as 'my future sister-in-law' - although it remains unclear whether or not the couple is engaged.

The galaxy of celebrities in attendance also witnessed stars as disparate as Led Zeppelin and London Mayor Boris Johnson collect honours.

With his windswept blond locks and unkempt appearance Mr Johnson may have been the most unlikely winner in the style stakes, but he was named Politician of the Year at the ceremony.

He received his gong from fashion experts Trinny and Susannah who not doubt gave the London Mayor their opinion on his chosen ensemble.

Mr Johnson certainly stood out among the glamorous guests who attended the event, where there was no shortage of glittering frocks and impressive outfits.

Elizabeth Hurley, Elle Macpherson and Thandie Newton all presented awards to the successful winners.

Miss Hurley bestowed the Blackberry Entrepreneur of the Year award to Gordon Ramsay, who won Chef of the Year in 2007.

Meanwhile Elton John took centre stage to present singer Tony Bennett with an Inspiration award.

Former supermodel Jerry Hall was on hand to give a Lifetime Achievement Award to photographer David Bailey.

Chris Evans continued his comeback to become Radio Personality of the Year for the second time. He first claimed the award in 1998.

Brit Award-winning comedian James Corden completed his year in the spotlight with Breakthrough Talent of the Year.

GQ Editor Dylan Jones presented pop artist Sir Peter Blake with Visionary of the Year.

The only female winner of the evening was artist Sam Taylor Wood who was named Woman of the Year by Daniel Craig. The Bond actor was not there in person and paid tribute via video.

Boxer and BBC Sports Personality of the Year Jo Calzaghe accepted Sportsman of the Year by video link as did footballer Rio Ferdinand who received an Editor's choice award.

Elsewhere, Led Zeppelin won the Outstanding Achievement Award and Mark Ronson was presented with the Alfred Dunhill Maverick Award, while Primal Scream were named Band of the Year.

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