Stormzy and Ed Sheeran lead winners of The Ivor Novello Awards 2018

Dave was also recognised today (May 31) for his powerful Grenfell Tower-referencing song 'Question Time'

Stormzy and Ed Sheeran are among the big winners at this year’s Ivor Novello Awards.

The ceremony for the 2018 edition of the awards, which recognise and reward “excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing” and are said to represent “the pinnacle of musical achievement and peer recognition”, took place in London today (May 31).

Stormzy picked up the Album award for his debut LP ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’, which came out in February 2017. Sheeran was honoured with the gong for Most Performed Work for his track ‘Shape Of You’.


Dave won Best Contemporary Song for his powerful and poignant track ‘Question Time’, which referenced the Grenfell Tower disaster of June 2017 and took aim at Prime Minister Theresa May’s response to the fire.

See the full list of winners at The Ivor Novello Awards 2018 below.

  • Best song musically and lyrically: ‘Magnificent (She Says)’ – written by Guy Garvey, Craig Potter, Mark Potter and Pete Turner; performed by Elbow
  • Best contemporary song: ‘Question Time’ – written by Dave and Fraser T Smith; performed by Dave
  • Most performed work: ‘Shape of You’ – written by Steve Mac, Johnny McDaid and Ed Sheeran; performed by Ed Sheeran
  • Songwriter of the year: Ed Sheeran
  • Album award: ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’ – written and performed by Stormzy
  • Best television soundtrack: ‘The Miniaturist’ – composed by Dan Jones
  • Best original film score: Jackie – composed by Mica Levi
  • Best original video game score: Horizon Zero Dawn – composed by Joris de Man, Joe Henson and Alexis Smith
  • International achievement: Billy Ocean
  • Outstanding song collection: Cathy Dennis
  • Outstanding contribution to British music: Billy Bragg
  • Special international award: Lionel Richie
  • Classical music award: Thea Musgrave
  • Inspiration award: Shane MacGowan

Speaking on the red carpet at The Ivor Novellos, Stormzy gave NME an update on the progress of his second album, which is currently in the works.