Blur star Damon Albarn has been honoured with a special award after showcasing his new solo record at the South by Southwest festival last week (ends16Mar14).

The Blur frontman performed tracks from his upcoming release, Everyday Robots, at various concerts during the Austin, Texas festival, and his work has earned him The Grulke Prize, an honour established in memory of late South by Southwest Creative Director Brent Grulke.

The prize is awarded in three categories, and Albarn was the recipient of the Career Act honour, which is given to an established artist at Sxsw who "reinvents themselves or launches an important new project."

New synth-pop group Future Islands received the Developing U.S. Act and Irish blues band The Strypes were named the Developing Non-U.S. Act.

Last year (13), the first ever Grulke Prizes were given to The Flaming Lips (Career Act), Haim (Developing U.S. Act) and CHVRCHES (Developing Non-U.S. Act).