SINGER Cerys Matthews, who grew up in West Cross in Swansea, has won an inaugural St David's Award.
The new awards system, which is aimed at championing the achievements and successes of people living right across Wales, is the brainchild of the Welsh Government.
Matthews, who shot to fame fronting the band Catatonia, was handed a Culture Award this week.
These days a solo artist, the mother of three also works as a radio and television presenter and has a regular show on BBC 6 Music.
She is currently making a six part documentary on the story of Welsh folk songs for S4C.
A spokeswoman for the awards said: "Cerys has always been more than just a rock star, her main ambition being to seek out the great Welsh folk songs and find new audiences for them beyond the borders of Wales."
The former judge of the Dylan Thomas literary prize went to school at St Michael's Llanelli.