The 69-year-old rocker made an emotional return to the limelight when he accepted the prize at London's Roundhouse, having laid low following his collapse on stage in Canada this summer (16).

Taking to the microphone with a walking stick to aid him, Meat Loaf gave a moving speech about what the title means to him.

"Thank you guys, you are so nice," he smiled. "A few years ago Q had me on their cover and they asked if I was the new king of rock and roll, a hero. Let's think about that for a second.

"What is a hero? I know we all have them, but a hero is someone who does something good for someone every day. You do whatever you can to bring love back into this world, because folk we need it... Thank you all very much."

The Bat Out of Hell singer also briefly discussed his health during the event, telling the Press Association he needed to sit down after having a spinal fusion operation last month (Oct16).

"There was a cyst which was pinching nerves so I had emergency back surgery," he added.

Before the ceremony Meat Loaf, real name Michael Lee Aday, gave a live Q&A with The Guardian’s website, answering fans' queries about his life. One follower asked the musician whether he thinks rock music has a future or agrees with Kiss rocker Gene Simmons' statement that the genre is "dead".

"Rock music is not something that you put on a CD or vinyl. Rock music is something that you live," Meat Loaf replied. "So even if all the artists who did rock music decided they weren't going to do any more, people will still play drums and guitar, it might be only on the weekends in Chris' basement, but rock music will live forever."