Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney won the Man of the Year title at the GQ magazine awards held in London.
McCartney did not collect his award in person
Sir Paul was honoured for his latest album and his successful US tour.
"Paul McCartney is not only one of our greatest living legends, he's also probably the most dignified," said GQ editor Dylan Jones.
Other winners included Extras creator Ricky Gervais, presenter Jonathan Ross and singer Rod Stewart - who was given the outstanding achievement award.
Embraced by public
Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson won TV personality of the year, and received his award from Stewart's fiancee Penny Lancaster.
GQ MEN OF THE YEAR AWARDS
Man of the year: Sir Paul McCartney
Woman of the year: Billie Piper
International man of the year: Justin Timberlake
TV personality of the year: Jeremy Clarkson
Lab Series man of the Year: Jonathan Rhys Myers
Comedian of the year: Ricky Gervais
Radio personality of the year: Jonathan Ross
Actor of the year: Cillian Murphy
Band of the year: Keane
Most stylish man of the year: Russell Brand
Chef of the year: Jamie Oliver
Politician of the year: David Cameron
Editor's special award: Borat (played by Sacha Baron-Cohen, above)
Outstanding achievement: Rod Stewart
The Wind That Shakes the Barley star Cillian Murphy took the title for actor award, while Keane were rewarded with band of the year.
Justin Timberlake, currently number one in the UK singles chart, was named international man of the year.
There were also gongs for Big Brother TV host Russell Brand, chef Jamie Oliver and Tory leader David Cameron - who was named politician of the year.
And Doctor Who's Billie Piper took the only title awarded to women, the woman of the year award.
Sir Paul McCartney has rarely been out of newspapers recently following his increasingly acrimonious divorce from wife Heather Mills. He was unable to collect the award in person.
But Mr Jones said that Sir Paul had been "embraced" by the public during his troubled time - and pointed out he had still achieved a great amount this year.
"Paul McCartney turned 64, produced one of his best albums in years, orchestrated the 90-minute Las Vegas Beatles spectacular, Love, finished a record-breaking tour of America, and this month releases his fourth full-length classical work, Behold My Heart," he said.
"Plus, this year he has been embraced by the Great British public like no time before."