The event was hosted by Duff McKagan (GUNS N' ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER, LOADED), with MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx presenting his "Sixx Sense" radio show from the ceremony.
Classic Rock editor-in-chief Scott Rowley said: "You would never know it from listening to the radio or watching TV — but while you were all getting excited about PSY and FUN and NICKI MINAJ, it's actually been a great year for new rock music.
"We've heard brilliant new albums from ZZ TOP, RUSH, AEROSMITH, KISS, SPRINGSTEEN, SLASH, LYNYRD SKYNYRD and VAN HALEN.
“Some great new artists are coming in to their own: RIVALS SONS, TRACER, HOWLIN' RAIN, GARY CLARK JR. — the list goes on.
"Classic Rock is proud to keep on supporting rock music, classic and brand new, and the Roll Of Honour has become a office party for the rock industry."
Classic Rock Roll Of Honour 2012 winners:
* The Living Legend Award: ZZ TOP
* Event Of The Year: Ginger Raises £250k
* Breakthrough Act Of The Year: RIVAL SONS
* The Musicians' Union Maestro Award: Phil Manzanera
* Tommy Vance Inspiration Award: Jon Lord (DEEP PURPLE)
* Classic Songwriter Award: Russ Ballard
* Outstanding Contribution: THE DAMNED
* Classic Album Award: STATUS QUO 'Live!'
* V.I.P. Award: Tony Smith
* Metal Guru Award: ANTHRAX
* Best New Band: TRACER
* Album Of The Year: RUSH "Clockwork Angels"
* Reissue Of The Year: PINK FLOYD's "Immersion"
* Film/DVD Award: PINK FLOYD "The Story Of Wish You Were Here"
* Band Of The Year: RUSH
* Spirit Of Prog Award: FAMILY
* Showman Of The Year: Nikki Sixx (MÖTLEY CRÜE)
* Comeback Award: LYNYRD SKYNYRD