Elton John and Phil Collins have collected three of Britain's top pop music awards between them, including the prizes for best song and songwriter.

John, a flamboyant pianist-singer whose previous hits include "Yellow Brick Road" and "Crocodile Rock," won the best song prize in the latest Ivor Novello Awards for his release "Sacrifice."He also collected the award for best-selling A-side record for the same song, jointly written with lyricist Bernie Taupin.

Collins, a singer, drummer and sometime member of the group Genesis, won the best songwriter award.

Rolling Stones Ronnie Wood and Bill Wyman won an award for outstanding contributions to British music.

The Novello Awards, in their 36th year, are presented by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.

John Barry, who won a Hollywood Oscar last month, picked up the Jimmy Kennedy Award for services to music.