British pop star Robbie Williams paid tribute to his management team at an awards ceremony on Thursday (03Apr14), insisting they saved his life.

The Angels hitmaker picked up the Artists' Artist Award at the Artist and Manager Awards, held in London venue The Troxy, and used his speech to thank his team for helping him overcome his demons.

He told the audience as he collected his prize, "I'd be dead if it wasn't for my managers. I'm serious, so thanks."

Williams battled alcohol and drug abuse early in his career but claims he has been clean since the birth of his daughter in 2012.

During the ceremony, Sir Paul MCCartney's representative Scott Rodger was named Manager of the Year, while Pharrell Williams was hailed as Artist of the Year.