Amy Winehouse gets dad to pick up Ivor Novello award

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Radiohead, Phil Collins, Take That, Mika also win

Amy Winehouse has won at the Ivor Novello Awards this afternoon (May 22), but though she attended the ceremony she was too late to pick up her prize.

Instead the singer’s dad went up to receive the award as ‘Love Is A Losing Game’ was named Best Song Musically And Lyrically at the lunchtime ceremony held at the Grovesnor House Hotel in London.

Her father, Mitch Winehouse explained: “I don’t know what I’m doing up here. Amy couldn’t make it, but she is getting better and sends you all her love.”

He added: “She wants to thank her manager Ray. If there’s a Victoria Cross in music then he should get it!”

Amy Winehouse later told reporters she was “very well” and was “very excited and very flattered” to win.

Radiohead‘s ‘In Rainbows’ took the Album award, though the band could not attend the ceremony. They sent a message explaining they were “proud” of the album and thanked their publisher for “taking a leap of faith with the download”.

Meanwhile, Robert Plant presented Phil Collins with the International Achievement award.

Phil is one of the top five UK drummers we’ve ever had,” explained the Led Zeppelin frontman. “Phil helped me a lot when I started my fledgling career, I came off the mothership with scars and Phil helped me a lot, I owe him a debt I’ll never repay.”

Accepting the award Collins hinted that he would not tour any more, as was reported recently, but said he “would never give up songwriting”.

He also thanked the gorrila from the Cadbury’s advert which features his song ‘In the Air Tonight’. “It hasn’t gone unnoticed that he’s better looking and more talented then me, so I’m going to offer him the Genesis gig”, he said.

The 2008 winners were:

Best Selling British Song: ‘Beautiful Liar’ – Beyonce And Shakira

International Achievement: Phil Collins

Best Contemporary Song: ‘People Help People’ – Cherry Ghost

Best Televison Soundtrack: ‘Oliver Twist’

Album Award: ‘In Rainbows’ – Radiohead

Inspiration Award: Jazzie B

PRS Most Performed work: ‘Shine’ – Take That

Classic Music Award: Jonathan Dove

Best Song Musically And Lyrically: ‘Love Is A Losing Game’ – Amy Winehouse

Outstanding Collection: Gabrielle

Best Original Film Score: ‘Atonement’

PRS Outstanding Contribution To British Music: Chris Difford and Glen Tilbrook

Songwriter Of The Year: Mika

Special International Award: Dianne Warren

Lifetime Achievement Award: David Gilmour

The event was attended by the likes of Mark Ronson, Mick Hucknall, Bernard Butler, Elbow, Brett Anderson, The Bee GeesRobin Gibb, Mika, Take That and Kate Nash.