Ivor Novello Awards 2017 winners revealed
This year’s Ivors were awarded last night in London, honouring the very best of the UK’s songwriting and composing community
British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA), in association with PRS for Music, yesterday announced the winners of the 62nd Ivor Novello Awards at a ceremony hosted by Paul Gambaccini at London’s Grosvenor House. The Ivors were presented in 14 categories: six nominated awards for works released in the UK in 2016, as well as the recipients of eight ‘Gift of BASCA’ awards recognising outstanding contributions to British music.
The Ivors were created by BASCA to celebrate, honour and reward excellence in songwriting and composing. The awards, which have been sponsored by PRS for Music since 1974, are unique in specifically honouring the UK songwriting and composing community and are exclusively judged by songwriters and composers.
“In celebrating the exceptional power of British and Irish music writing and by honouring the past, the present and the eternal creators of music – once again this year, The Ivors absolutely smashed it,” said BASCA Chairman Crispin Hunt. “Heartfelt congratulations go out to every winning composer. Whether you wrote songs, symphonies or syncs – we salute you.”
The winners and recipients of the 62nd Ivor Novello Awards were as follows…
Best Song Musically and Lyrically
Black Man In A White World – written by Dean ‘Inflo’ Josiah Cover and Michael Kiwanuka
Best Contemporary Song
Man – written by Skepta and Josh Homme
The Dreaming Room – written by Laura Mvula
PRS for Music Most Performed Work
Hymn For The Weekend – written by Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin
Best Original Film Score
Kubo And The Two Strings – composed by Dario Marianelli
Best Television Soundtrack
War And Peace – composed by Martin Phipps
Florence Welch received the Ivor Novello Award for International Achievement in recognition of her unique songwriting voice and success outside the United Kingdom.
Nitin Sawhney received the Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement in recognition of his exceptional creative talent.
Outstanding Song Collection
Nick Banks, Jarvis Cocker, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey, Russell Senior and Mark Webber were honoured for the Outstanding Song Collection of Pulp.
PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music
Anne Dudley received the PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music for her work as a songwriter, arranger, producer and television and film composer.
PRS for Music Special International Award
Bill Withers received the PRS for Music Special International Award, which is presented to an international songwriter who has had an outstanding career and been a major influence on the British music industry.
Songwriter of the Year
In recognition of an outstanding body of work released in 2016, BASCA presented the Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year to Skepta.
The Ivors Jazz Award
John Surman received The Ivors Jazz Award in recognition of his outstanding body of jazz compositions.
The Ivors Inspiration Award
Gary Numan received The Ivors Inspiration Award in recognition of his influence as a pioneer of electronic music.
For more information about the Ivor Novello Awards, go to: theivors.com