Gallagher collected the award for Outstanding Song Collection, which was presented to him by Kinks singer Ray Davies, and 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.
Asked on the red carpet why he wanted to attend the ceremony earlier, Gallagher had replied: “Because they don’t let clowns like One Direction in, so it must be a good one.”
The Maccabees, meanwhile, won Best Contemporary Song for ‘Pelican’, which was presented to them by Manic Street Preachers frontman James Dean Bradfield. “It’s a nice way to close the last record, coming to this and winning the award,” said the band’s Rupert Jarvis afterwards. “We’re actually in the process of writing the next record, so this is a nice way to take a day off.” Asked what the band would do with their five awards, frontman Orlando Weeks told NME they intend to Sellotape them all together to make “a totem pole of Ivors for our studio”. The band beat Plan B’s ‘Ill Manors’ and Alt-J’s ‘Fitzpleasure’ to the award.
Alt-J won the Album Award for ‘An Awesome Wave’, which was presented to the band – minus absent singer Joe Newman – by Lily Allen. Speaking afterwards, they said they were celebrating the album’s second win (after the Mercury Prize) by dubbing the achievement “El double-o”. “We expected the album to be a cult thing that some blogs might pick up on, so to be recognised with an award like this is incredible,” said the band’s Gus Unger-Hamilton. With a gig at Brixton Academy to play tonight, the band said they’d be remaining teetotal for the rest of the ceremony. Asked how they’d celebrate, Thom Green said, “Jelly and ice cream.” The other nominees were Ben Howard’s ‘Every Kingdom’ and Lianne La Havas’ ‘Is Your Love Big Enough’.
Other big winners included the ubiquitous Emeli Sande, who picked up the prizes for Most Performed Work and Best Song Musically And Lyrically. Calvin Harris picked up the award for Songwriter Of The Year, who said in his acceptance speech that he had a vivid dream last night that he was heckled by Brian Enough. He also said, “Like my lyrics, I’m going to keep this speech brief and repetitive”. He went on to describe the award as “the greatest achievement of my entire life”.
The industry-focused awards, hosted by radio DJ Paul Gambaccini and now in their 58th year, are currently taking place at the Grosvenor House Hotel.
Other guests include Chris Martin, who presented International Achievement award to Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale. The pair jokingly argued onstage about which of them has the most beautiful wife.