The guitarist dedicated the group's latest accolade to the "incredible and irrepressible" Freddie Mercury.

"I know he would have loved to have been here for this," May said, before thanking the rock community for their years of support.

"We are fans too," he stated. "We are here because of the likes of Jimmy Page and the forever awesome Jimi Hendrix. I want to say thank you to the people who voted for us."

And the rocker saved a special mention for Queen's current frontman, Adam Lambert, calling the former American Idol star a "gift from God".

Hendrix, AC DC, Iron Maiden and Alice Cooper were also big winners at the 2015 Classic Rock Roll Of Honour, held at London's Roundhouse.

AC DC picked up the coveted Band Of The Year trophy while Iron Maiden's The Book Of Souls was named Album Of The Year, and Cooper's Welcome To My Nightmare landed the Classic Album award. Motorhead frontman Lemmy presented Jimi Hendrix's sister Janie with the Tommy Vance Inspiration Award on behalf of her guitar great brother.

She told the audience, "Legends will never die. Jimi once asked, 'Will I Live Tomorrow?' Tonight, Classic Rock and everyone here has answered that question with a resounding, 'Yes'."

The full list of winners is:

Best New Band: We Are Harlot

Film (or DVD) of the Year: Foo Fighters Sonic Highways

Reissue of the Year: Led Zeppelin

Album of the Year: The Book Of Souls by Iron Maiden

Band of the Year: AC DC

The Comeback: Europe

Classic Album: Welcome To My Nightmare by Alice Cooper

The Showman: Noddy Holder

The Maestro: Joe Satriani

Tommy Vance Inspiration Award: Jimi Hendrix

The VIP: Rod MACSween

Outstanding Contribution: Nils Lofgren

Living Legends: Queen