The annual awards ceremony for songwriters hands out its gongs...

Franz Ferdinand, Streets and U2 are among the winners at this year’s IVOR NOVELLO AWARDS.

The awards, which are in their 50th year, aim to reflect the talent of British songwriters.

[a][/a]’s hit ’Take Me Out’ won Best Contemporary Song, while Mike Skinner got the prestigious Best Song Musically And Lyrically award for his Number One single ’Dry Your Eyes’.

The winners were:

PRS Most Performed Work – Britney Spears – ‘Toxic’

Best Contemporary Song – Franz Ferdinand – ‘Take Me Out’

Best Original Film Score – ‘Enduring Love’

Best Selling UK single – Band Aid 20 – ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’

Best Song Musically And Lyrically – The Streets – ‘Dry Your Eyes’

Best Original Music for Television – Rob Lane for ‘Blackpool’

International Hit Of The Year – U2 – ‘Vertigo’

International Achievement – Robert Smith, The Cure

Songwriters Of The Year – Keane

Album Award – Snow Patrol – ‘Final Straw’

PRS Outstanding Contribution To British Music – Duran Duran

Outstanding Song Collection – Queen

Special International Award – Lou Reed

The Ivors’ Special Award for Songwriting – Mick Jagger / Keith Richards