FRAN-TASTIC!

The band's singer and songwriter Fran Healy wins two prizes at the prestigous ceremony...

Travis have swept the board at this year’s Ivor Novello awards.

Singer Fran Healy won two awards at the ceremony, which was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, London. He won the award for Best Contemporary Song for the single ‘Why Does It Always Rain On Me?’, and followed it with the award for Songwriter Of The Year for his writing on the last Travis album ‘The Man Who’.

Speaking after his winning his awards, which he dedicated to his bandmates, mother and girlfriend, Healy told nme.com: “It’s the biggest honour you can get, more than any of the commercial prizes. It seems odd because when you’re sitting in your bedroom at 4am and this little song arrives, it doesn’t belong to the writer, it belongs to everyone.

“Maybe this one will go to my mum…there’s not enough room in my house anyway! As a band we’ve been through more in the last ten years than a lot of people go through. It’s hard enough to find two people that can stay together for a few years, we’ve been together ten, and we’re going to be together for another hundred!”

Also at the ceremony, Robbie Williams won the award for Best Song Musically And Lyrically for ‘Strong’, Pet Shop Boys picked up the award for an Outstanding Contribution To British Music, and Sir Paul McCartney, who presented Healy with the award for Songwriter Of The Year, received an Academy Fellowship.

nme.com will bring you video interviews with Travis, Pet Shop Boys and other guests from the awards over the next few days.