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David Bowie's 'Blackstar' album wins posthumous prize at South Bank Sky Awards

David Bowie's final album 'Blackstar' was awarded yet another posthumous prize at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards at London's Savoy Hotel last night (July 9).

The late British music icon, who passed away from cancer last year in January, was honored with the music award at the ceremony for his 25th studio album.

In a touching video message, close friend Iggy Pop paid tribute to the star, whose record still picks up accolades, including this year's Mastercard British Album of the Year prize at the UK's annual BRIT Awards. Iggy Pop said that Bowie had altered "the game in rock and roll and in popular music".

He continued: "[We]"shared digs (apartments)... in London at a beautiful old Victorian house that was looked after by a lady named Mrs Potter."

The show's host Lord Melvyn Bragg told the audience that "despite the horror of recent events, these awards show what great shape the arts are in".

"They prove the power and vibrancy of our country and place the UK at the centre of the arts world.

"The arts have defied gravity in this country for decades, and now they are more powerful and welcome than ever."

Other winners included Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, who received the outstanding achievement award, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge's comedy series Fleabag.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child scooped the theatre gong, while Happy Valley beat off competition from The Crown to win best drama.

I, Daniel Blake, directed by Ken Loach which also won the Cannes Palme d'Or, won Best Film Award.

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