by Music-News.com Newsdesk & VVN Music
Five veteran artists were recipients of Ivor Novello Awards on Thursday night in London.
The awards, given out at the Grosvenor House on Park Lane, honors the best of British and Irish music over the last year plus a number of honorary awards saluting bodies of work.
Canadian artist Bryan Adams was given the PRS For Music Special International Award while Damon Albarn, of Blur and Gorillaz, received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The PRS For Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music went to Geoff Barrow, Beth Gibbons and Adrian Utley of Portishead and the Outstanding Song Collection to Charlie Burchill, Jim Kerr and Mick MacNeil of Simple Minds. Paul Davis, Mark Day, Paul Ryder, Shaun Ryder and Gary Whelan of the Happy Mondays were the recipients of the Ivors Inspiration Award.
Barrow also was given the Best Original Film Score award for his work with Ben Salisbury for the film Ex_Machina.
On the current side of the table, the Songwriter of the Year Award went to Adele while the Best Contemporary Song was given to All My Friends, recorded by Snakehips with Tinashe and Chance the Rapper.
The winner of the Best Song Musically and Lyrically Award was Jamie Lawson's Wasn't Expecting That. Finally, the PRS For Music Most Performed Work went to James Bay's Hold Back the River.
The Ivor Novello Awards were created by BASCA [British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors] to celebrate, honor and reward excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing. They are unique awards; presented by the UK songwriting and composing community and exclusively judged by songwriters and composers. They have been sponsored by PRS for Music since 1974.
“BASCA is delighted that in their 61st year The Ivors continue to recognise the wealth of songwriting and composing talent we have here in the UK and further afield. Today’s awards have recognised both young and emerging talent as well as established names, whilst celebrating the enduring catalogues of some of our outstanding songwriters and composers. I congratulate everyone who has received an Ivor Novello Award today.” BASCA Chairman, Stephen McNeff
The full list of winners and information on each award:
PRS for Music Most Performed Work
- Hold Back The River - Written by Iain Archer and James Bay - Published in the UK by Kobalt Music Publishing and Spirit B-Unique Music
- London Spy - Composed by Keefus Ciancia and David Holmes - Published in the UK by Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Kobalt Music Publishing
- Wasn’t Expecting That - Written by Jamie Lawson - Published in the UK by Imagem Music
- Daling Arithmetic - Written by Conor O’Brien - Published in the UK by Domino Publishing Company
- Ex_Machina - Composed by Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury - Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing
- All My Friends - Written by James Carter, Oliver Lee, Cass Lowe and Chance The Rapper - Published in the UK by Sony/ATV Music Publishing
- Oliver Knussen
This Ivor Novello Award is presented to a British or Irish composer, and recognises an outstanding body of work in the classical genre.
This is Oliver Knussen’s first Ivor Novello Award.
- Wayne Hector
This Ivor Novello Award honours a British or Irish songwriter or composer who has experienced exceptional success outside the United Kingdom.
This is Wayne Hector’s first Ivor Novello Award. He was previously nominated for co-writing All This Time for Michelle McManus, in the category of Best Selling UK Single for the year 2004.
- Paul Davis, Mark Day, Paul Ryder, Shaun Ryder and Gary Whelan [Happy Mondays]
This Ivor Novello Award honours exceptional British or Irish songwriters or composers who have inspired the creative talents of others.
This is Happy Mondays’ first Ivor Novello Award.
- Adele Adkins
This Ivor Novello Award is presented to a British or Irish songwriter who has written an outstanding body of work released during the award year.
This is Adele’s third Ivor Novello Award. She received the award for Songwriter of the Year in 2012, along with PRS for Music Most Performed Work for co-writing Rolling In The Deep. She has also been nominated three additional times – Someone Like You was nominated for PRS for Music Most Performed Work in 2012, Rolling In The Deep was nominated for Best Song Musically and Lyrically in 2012 and 21 was nominated for the Album Award the same year.
- Charlie Burchill, Jim Kerr and Mick MacNeil [Simple Minds]
This Ivor Novello Award is presented to British or Irish songwriters who have written a consistently outstanding body of work.
This is Charlie Burchill, Jim Kerr and Mick MacNeil’s first Ivor Novello Award.
- Geoff Barrow, Beth Gibbons and Adrian Utley [Portishead]
This award is title sponsored by our ceremony sponsor, PRS for Music. It is presented to British or Irish songwriters or composers whose career has made an outstanding contribution to British Music.
This is Portishead’s first Ivor Novello Award.
- Damon Albarn
This Ivor Novello Award is presented to a British or Irish songwriter or composer in recognition of a lifetime of exceptional creative talent.
This is Damon Albarn’s third Ivor Novello Award. He picked up Songwriter of the Year with fellow members of Blur in 1996 and received the award for Songwriter of the Year again in 2006 for Gorillaz. He has also been nominated on three separate occasions; in 1995 for co-writing Park Life, in 2002 for co-writing Clint Eastwood and in 2006 for co-writing DARE.
- Bryan Adams
This award is title sponsored by our ceremony sponsor, PRS for Music. It is presented to an international songwriter or composer who has had an outstanding career, being or having been, a major influence on the British music industry.
This is Bryan Adams’ third Ivor Novello Award. He received the Ivor Novello Award in Recognition of the Exceptional Success of a Single Song in 1992 for co-writing Everything I Do I Do It For You; and the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Included in a Film or Television Programme in 1996 for co-writing Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman.