Noel Gallagher: ‘I come to the Ivor Novellos because One Direction aren’t invited’

Noel says exclusive guestlist at songwriting awards marks it as superior

Noel Gallagher has said that the Ivor Novello Awards are more prestigious as they do not invite pop acts like One Direction.

The former Oasis member and now solo star is at the annual songwriting awards, which is being held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel today (May 16). Speaking to NME on the red carpet, Gallagher was asked why he came to the awards to which he replied: “Because clowns like One Direction aren’t invited, so it must be a good one.”

Noel Gallagher, The Maccabees and Alt-J all picked up major awards at this year’s Ivor Novellos in London with Gallagher collecting the award for Outstanding Song Collection, which was presented to him by Kinks singer Ray Davies. The former Oasis member thanked “my publishers, who I’ve only just met after 20 years – Sony, apparently,” to guffaws of laughter from the industry audience. He dedicated the award to his wife, who, he said, once told him she’d never seen him write any songs. “This is proof that I do,” he said.

The full list of Ivor Novello Award winners 2013 is as follows:

Best Contemporary Song
‘Pelican’ – Written by The Maccabees

PRS for Music Most Performed Work
‘Next to Me’ – Written by Hugo Chegwin, Harry Craze, Anup Paul and Emeli Sande

Best Television Soundtrack
‘Lucian Freud: Painted Life’ – Composed by John Harle

Inspiration Award
Marc Almond

Album Award
‘An Awesome Wave’ – Written by Alt-J

Classical Music Award
Errollyn Wallen

PRS for Music Award for Outstanding Achievement
Justin Hayward

Best Original Film Score
‘Anna Karenina’ – Composed by Dario Marianelli

Best Song Musically and Lyrically
‘Next to Me’ – Written by Hugo Chegwin, Harry Craze, Anup Paul and Emeli Sandé

International Achievement
Gavin Rossdale

Songwriter of the Year
Calvin Harris

Outstanding Song Collection
Noel Gallagher

PRS for Music Special International Award
Randy Newman