Also honoured were punk-rock trio Green Day, who received ASCAP's Creative Voice Award "for advocating change, questioning the status quo and supporting the truest of ideals."
Green Day singer/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong also chose the theme of mateship in his speech, saying "the best advice you can give somebody is to play music with your friends."
But before things could get too sappy, he snapped back to reality, and asked, "Is this where I'm supposed to say 'F–- George W Bush?'"
As the laughter and cheers died down, he answered himself, "You know what? He's done a great job of f–-ing himself."