Here are some photographs from the Ivor Novello Awards, the wildest rock’n’roll party of the year/serious appreciation of serious songwriting. Florence Welch presented the award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically to London Grammar. Is her ‘Heidi’ inspired get-up hinting at a new yodelling direction? Probably not to be honest.
Guitar hero Jimmy Page presented fellow axeman Jeff Beck with the Ivor Novello accolade for Outstanding contribution to British music. Pick up next week’s NME for an in-depth interview with the Led Zeppelin legend.
Nile Rodgers picked up the Special International award, presented by Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr. Rodgers wept as he said: “This is the best award ceremony I’ve ever been to. I just got in from Ibiza at 4am this morning, I haven’t slept at all. I get a legends award and I’m laughing because I was like, you think I’m a legend? OK, I’ll take it.”
The Clash’s Mick Jones presented Specials songwriter Jerry Dammers with the Inspiration Award. Jones called Dammers “the Tsar of Ska”.
Disclosure and Sam Smith were nominated for the Best Contemporary Song Award for ‘Latch’. Although they missed out on the night, they’re still winners in our hearts.
London Grammar won the award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically for ‘Strong’, although we’re not sure how Harry Styles slipped into this photo.
Nice of Ricky Wilson to stop off on his way home from the office. What’s in his satchel? Maybe his eye patch.
Pretenders hero Chrissie Hynde was on hand to give Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds the Album Award.
Nominated track ‘Clown’ was co-written by Shahid ‘Naughty Boy’ Khan and Emeli ‘Nice Girl’ Sandé.
Film maker Don Letts doesn’t let his hair down.
Lily Allen, whose recent album ‘Sheezus’ was described as “naff” by our reviewer.
James Blake goes absolutely wild after getting an Ivor Novello Award to put next to his Mercury Prize. Poor old Chance The Rapper needs to start winning some soon or flatmate Blake is going to be insufferable.