Lewis Capaldi said the response to his show, where he opened up about his mental health struggles, “means the world” to him as he won in the documentary writing category at the National Television Awards.
Earlier this year, the Scottish singer-songwriter shared how the pressures of fame have taken a toll on him mentally and physically in the Netflix documentary Lewis Capaldi: How I'm Feeling Now.
The 26-year-old tackled Rob Burrow: Living With MND, Matt Willis: Fighting Addiction and the documentary following the late Dame Deborah James, who founded the Bowelbabe cancer research fund and died last year aged 40 after suffering from breast cancer intestine.
Capaldi was unable to receive the award in person as he is currently in America, but sent a video message where he said: “I have to tell you this much, if you voted or even watched the documentary, it really means the world and I don't it never ceases to amaze me how much this documentary has connected with people and struck a chord.
“Thank you to everyone who participated in creating it with me. I'm sorry, I can't be there tonight. I'm in America right now, or I would be.'
He also praised his nominees, hailing them as “incredible” for creating their programs.
The singer said he learned through making the documentary that it's “not easy” for them to open up about their stories and struggles either.
Happy Valley and Sarah Lancashire also enjoyed a big night as the show won the comeback drama award and the actress won the best performance in a drama and the special recognition award.
The BBC crime series beat medical drama Call The Midwife, Netflix sci-fi hit Stranger Things and crime series Vera at the annual awards ceremony held at The O2 in London on Tuesday night.
Asked in the show's winners' room if she thought her casting would encourage more stories starring older women, the 58-year-old actress said: “I hope so.
“I think things are changing and should have changed a long time ago, progress is slow but we are catching up.”
He confirmed that there won't be another series after their success as he feels the series is done, adding: “It was a story told as a trilogy which was a great way to tell a story.
“The danger is that you go on and it loses its power, but I think that's how it keeps it at the top.”
The actress also praised the “caliber of writing” of creator Sally Wainwright and the production team.
As she picked up the award for best performance in a drama, beating off stiff competition from co-star James Norton, India Amarteifio as Queen Charlotte, Brenda Blethyn as Vera and Judy Parfitt as The Midwife, she said: ‘Thank you so much for this. I have loved every scene, every moment of Happy Valley and I know I will never forget it.”
Comedian Joel Dommett started the show by introducing some of the candidates before telling the audience: “My wife is actually nine months pregnant, she's basically giving birth now.”
He joked that if his partner Hannah Cooper goes into labor, Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly are on hand to take her to hospital.
Reality TV series Gogglebox picked up the first prize of the night, the Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award, beating off stiff competition from Masked Singer and Donnelly and McPartlin who were nominated for two of their shows, I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! and Takeaway on Saturday night.
The BBC's The Traitors also picked up the award for best reality competition and The Graham Norton Show won in the new TV interview category, beating Piers Morgan Uncensored on Talk TV, Louis Theroux Interviews… and The Chris & Rosie Ramsey Show to claim the price.
Norton appeared on a video link to accept the award, saying: “I'm so sorry I can't be there. After all, I'm winning a National Television Award and I'm not there.”
He added: “Winning this award means so much. Mainly it means that Ant and Dec don't have a talk show… yet. Don't do it to me, guys.”
Our Dementia choir delivered a moving performance during the show, with This Is England actress Vicky McClure admitting she was “shaking” during it.
McClure, who is the founder of the choir, told the audience: “I'm shaking with pride right now watching Our Dementia Choir perform at the O2.”
He added: “Our mission is to share knowledge, raise awareness and help research to help find a cure, but also to remind everyone that with the right hearts and minds you can really change people's lives for the better ».