Noel Gallagher recalls his shock when he saw Emeli Sandé collect songwriting award

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Sandé's hit 'Next To Me' was named Best Song at the Ivor Novello Awards in 2013.

Noel Gallagher has recalled the sense of shock he felt when he saw Emeli Sandé collect a top songwriting award.

When Sandé’s hit ‘Next To Me’ was named Best Song Musically and Lyrically at the Ivor Novello Awards in 2013, the Oasis man was surprised by the number of people who went on stage to collect the trophy.

Gallagher recalled during a chat with Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio 6 Music: “Eight people got an award for it. Eight people? I was sat there saying to Ray [Davies], ‘How do eight people write a song? If I try to write a song with someone else, it freaks me out.’ I was compelled to go to [their] table and say to them, ‘How have eight of you wrote this song?'”

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Gallagher then shared the explanation he was given by the songwriting team: “Well, two of us do the beats, two of us do the chords, two do the lyrics, and then there’s thing called a topliner – do you know what a topliner is? He’s the guy that when they’ve done all that, he sits there… humming the melody and then someone else does the words.”

Gallagher added: “And I’m saying, here’s a question for ya, ‘What’s Emeli Sandé doing when all this is going on?’ ‘Oh, she’s at the White House.’ It blows my mind.”

According to the Ivor Novello Awards website, only four songwriters were named as winners of the Best Song Musically and Lyrically award in 2013 for their work on ‘Next To Me’: Hugo Chegwin, Harry Craze, Anup Paul and Emeli Sandé.

During the same interview, Noel Gallagher also shared his thoughts on Oasis doc ‘Supersonic’, and revealed that he was asked to appear on two very high-profile BBC TV shows.

Meanwhile, he told NME recently that he is “halfway” into work on his next album and hopes to release it next year.