Queen Star Brian May Saluted The Band's Late Singer As He Collected The Classic Rock Roll Of Honour's Living Legends Award In London On Wednesday Night (11nov15).
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".
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