Liam Payne is ''gutted'' after being forced to skip the Attitude Awards.

The One Direction star, who was named Sexiest Man of the Year ahead of the star-studded ceremony at Banqueting House in London last night (14.10.15), was expected to be on hand to collect his trophy, but reportedly left organisers in the lurch after claiming he was sick at the last-minute, according to the UK's The Sun newspaper.

The 22-year-old star, who appears on the cover of this month's issue of the gay magazine, didn't explain the reason for his absence, but wrote on Twitter: ''Gutted I can't make the @AttitudeMag awards tonight as I'm sure it's going to be an amazing evening

''@AttitudeMag thank you for all your support it was amazing to shoot with you and thank you for the biggest compliment in my life so far.''

While the 'Drag Me Down' hitmaker wasn't able to make it, there were still plenty of celebrities in attendance, including Paula Patton, Boy George, Frankie Bridge and Tulisa.

Big winners included electronica trio Years & Years, Jess Glynne, Adam Lambert, 'Celebrity Big Brother' winner James Hill and Austin Armacost, who won TV Moment of the Year, BBC 'Newsnight' presenter Evan Davis, who was named Man of the Year, and Yoko Ono, who picked up the Icon Award for Outstanding Achievement alongside 'Frankie Goes to Hollywood' vocalist Holly Johnson, 55, and transgender model April Ashley, 80.

Host Ana Matronic, 41, revealed she wanted to get as many photos with other celebrities as possible.

Speaking before the ceremony, the Scissor Sisters singer told BANG Showbiz: ''Yoko Ono is here, I know that Vivienne Westwood is here, I just saw Adam Lambert and that me really excited, Sir Ian McKellen is here - I love him!

''I'm the host so he'll yeah I'm going to be approaching them for photos! When I get them I'll be like, 'Hey, let's take a selfie.' They can't stop me because I'm running the whole show!

''Top of my list for a selfie, it would have to be a toss up between Yoko [Ono] and Ian McKellen - 'cause they're both wizards.''

The Attitude Awards 2015 full winners list:

Man of the Year supported by Virgin Holidays:

Evan Davis

Music Award / International Album supported by Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board:

Adam Lambert

Album of the Year:

Years and Years

Actor of the Year supported by Marriott:

Cyril Nri

TV Personality of the Year:

Antony Cotton

Icon Award for Outstanding Achievement supported by Sky:

Yoko Ono, Holly Johnson and April Ashley (three separate stories)

Sexiest Man of the Year supported by Popchips:

Liam Payne

TV Moment of the Year:

James Hill and Austin Armacost

Style Hero supported by Renault UK:

Vivienne Westwood

Most Stylish Man:

Oliver Cheshire

Media Recognition Award:

'The X Factor'

Greatest Moment of the Year:

Ireland's YES voters

Honourary Gay:

Lorraine Kelly

Young LGBT Entrepreneur supported by Virgin Holidays:

Pierre and Adrien Gaubert

Active Award supported by USN:

England Women's National Football Team

Politician of the Year:

Mhairi Black

Ally Award:

Reggie Yates

Breakthrough Performance:

Rebecca Root

Community Award:

56 Dean Street

Legend Award:

Alexander McQueen

Editor's Special Award supported by Aussiebum:

Keegan Hirst

Music Breakthrough:

Jess Glynne

Book of the Year:

Alan Cumming