Ward and frontman Ozzy Osbourne, who was not at the gala, have been sniping at each other in the media and online ever since the drummer turned down the chance to be part of the Black Sabbath reunion album and tour in 2012, citing contract issues.

Osbourne claimed Ward wasn't fit enough to perform with his former bandmates, prompting the drummer to urge his old pal to apologise in a fiery letter he posted online earlier this year (15).

Ozzy has since refused to say sorry, but Ward showed there's no bad blood between himself and Butler and Iommi at Grosvenor House as they accepted the prestigious career honour at the 60th Ivors from Queen star Brian May.

Ward, who has been replaced by Brad Wilk and Tommy Clufetos in Black Sabbath, was thrilled with the band's latest accolade, stating, "It's been a good 40 years. At least, I think it has."