Bombay Bicycle Club, Ed Sheeran, Clean Bandit, Hozier and Black Sabbath also take home awards at 2015 ceremony
The 60th Ivor Novello Awards took place this afternoon (May 21) in London, honouring the best songwriters in the country.
The first award of the evening was for the PRS Most Performed Work. Nominated were George Ezra’s ‘Budapest’, ‘Rather Be’ by Clean Bandit and Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me’, with Clean Bandit taking the gong.
Toyah Wilcox presented the award for Best TV Soundtrack, which was won by BBC drama The Honourable Woman while Donovan presented the Outstanding Song Collection award to Albert Hammond, father of The Strokes‘ Albert Hammond Jr, who received the award and said that he’d been a waiter at the Grosvenor Hotel – the venue for the ceremony – in the 1960s.
Presented by Annie Mac, the Best Album award went to Bombay Bicycle Club for ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’. Collecting their award, the band’s songwriter and frontman Jack Steadman noted how the award only bore his name but “would have been very self indulgent” without the rest of the band.
Hozier won Best Song Musically and Lyrically for ‘Take Me To Church’, while Ed Sheeran picked up the award for Songwriter of the Year. Sheeran was given his award by Elton John, who owns the company that manages Sheeran. Speaking about him, Elton said that “he will have a career as long as mine if he wants; hopefully he won’t get in as much trouble and marry a man and a woman”
Sheeran also revealed that Elton frequently sent him “weird as shit” videos, “He sent me one yesterday which was just a catapult shooting something into someone’s arse.”
Tom Meighan and Serge Pizzorno from Kasabian presented the Inspiration Award to Manic Street Preachers. “First and foremost, the Manics are the most beautiful people you’ll ever meet and that’s a rarity,” said Serge. “For me their message was always clear: melody, integrity, honesty, to open our eyes and never be a bystander”. Collecting the award, Nicky Wire joked: “I wish I was hammered so instead I’m just going to read the Communist Manifesto”. Continuing to the real speech, he thanked Richey Edwards for his “beautiful and brilliant mind” and thanked Dylan Thomas, Abba, Karl Marx and others for inspiring them.
Bob Geldof and Midge Ure received the award for their work with Band Aid and Live Aid, giving an impassioned speech about the cause and calling Elbow’s Guy Garvey, who presented the award, “the greatest lyricist writing today”. Brian May, meanwhile, presented the Lifetime Achievement award to Black Sabbath, who appeared minus Ozzy Osborne to accept the trophy. In their speech, drummer Bill Ward – who is currently not playing with the band due to an ongoing dispute with Osbourne – stated that it had been “a fantastic journey so far and [he hopes] it will continue to be too”.
Annie Lennox picked up the final award for a BASCA Fellowship, presented by Elton John again who praised her ability to fight for the underdog and praised her as the joint best singer alongside Dusty Springfield that the UK has ever produced.
The full list of winners is as follows:
PRS for Music Most Performed Work: Clean Bandit – ‘Rather Be’
Album Award: Bombay Bicycle Club – ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’
Best Song Musically and Lyrically: Hozier – ‘Take Me To Church’
Best Contemporary Song: Clean Bandit – ‘Rather Be’
Songwriter of the Year: Ed Sheeran
Outstanding Song Collection: Albert Hammond
PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music: Boy George
The Ivors Inspiration Award: Manic Street Preachers
The Ivors Special Anniversary Award: Bob Geldof and Midge Ure
Lifetime Achievement: Black Sabbath
BASCA Fellowship: Annie Lennox
Best Original Film Score: ’71
Best Television Soundtrack: The Honourable Woman
The Ivors Classical Music Award: Judith Weir
PRS for Music Special International Award: Paul Williams