Stars turn out for GQ Men of the Year Awards

Stars including Lewis Hamilton, Sam Smith and Lionel Richie turn out for the 18th GQ Men of the Year Awards.

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (SEPTEMBER 8, 2015) (REUTERS) – Television, film, music and sports stars flocked to London’s Royal Opera House on Tuesday (September 8) for the 18th GQ Men of The Year Awards, which this year was hosted by Hollywood star Samuel L. Jackson.

Singer-songwriter Sam Smith arrived at the event in good spirits having earlier announced he had recorded the theme tune to the new James Bond movie, Spectre.

He told Reuters he wanted to make sure the song was ‘perfect’.

“I think everyone is in agreement when you’re doing a film like this, I don’t want to do it if the song’s not good enough. You know if I don’t think the song is good enough and if Barbara Broccoli and Sam Mendes and the whole crew don’t like it then I don’t want to do it. That’s how I felt about the whole thing,” said the singer, who won GQ’s Ciroc Solo Artist award.

Rolling Stone Keith Richards, meanwhile, picked up the 2015 Legend award.

On the red carpet before the ceremony, he joked that he never aimed to win anything.

”I’ve never been after awards, just people keep throwing them at me. You know, and this is a wonderful thing. I don’t go out looking for awards or anything. I’m a very shy, humble man,” he said.

The night was not all about celebrations, though, with F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton turning his thoughts to the migrant crisis.

“No kid should have to run away from war. There’s plenty of room for us all and I think it’s disgusting. So the more we can do to pull together and try and stop this, the better,” said Hamilton, who was named Sportsman of the Year for the second year running.

Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes echoed Hamilton’s comments.

“It’s sickening what’s going on and it’s so deeply sad to think that we failed other people in that way,” he said.

Singer Lionel Richie won the Icon of the Year award, while Will Ferrell was named best comedian.

George Osborne won the gong for Politician of the Year.