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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Ivor Novello Awards

First posted 5/20/2012. Updated 5/21/2014.

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Named after entertainer Ivor Novello, these awards for songwriting and composing – nicknamed The Ivors – are presented annually by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA). Since it was founded in 1956, the organization has given out more than 1000 awards to primarily British and Irish songwriters and composers.

Despite the best efforts of Dave’s Music Database, a source cannot be found for checking out past Ivor winners. This is maddenly common for music awards. One would think the official sites would have all the past winners and nominees available in an easy-to-search database, but more often than not, it isn’t possible to find out winners beyond the most recent year. Here’s what the DMDB has found about past Ivor winners (performer listed first and then writers in parentheses):

2014:

  • Best Contemporary Song: “Retrograde” by James Blake (James Blake)
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: “Strong” by London Grammar (Dominic Major, Hannah Reid, Daniel Rothman)
  • PRS Most Performed Work: “Let Her Go” by Passenger (Mike Rosenberg)

    2013:

  • Best Contemporary Song: “Pelican” by The Maccabees (Sam Doyle, Rupert Jarvis, Orlando Weeks, Felix White, Hugo White)
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: “Next to Me” by Emeli Sandé (Hugo Chegwin, Harry Craze, Anup Paul, Emeli Sandé)
  • PRS Most Performed Work: “Dance with Me Tonight” by Olly Murs (Claude Kelly, Oliver Murs, Steve Robson)

    2012:

  • Best Contemporary Song: “Video Games” by Lana Del Rey (Lana Del Rey & Justin Parker)
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: “The A Team” by Ed Sheeran (Ed Sheeran)
  • PRS Most Performed Work: “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele (Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth)

    Lana Del Rey “Video Games”

    2011:

  • Best Contemporary Song: “Pass Out” by Tinie Tempah (Timothy McKenzie, Patrick Okogwu, & Marc Williams)
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: “Becoming a Jackal” by the Villagers (Conor O’Brien)
  • PRS Most Performed Work: “She Said” by Plan B (Eric Appapoulay, Richard Cassell, Benjamin Drew, Tom Wright-Goss)

    2010:

  • Best Contemporary Song: “Daniel” by Bat for Lashes (Natasha Khan)
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: “The Fear” by Lily Allen (Lily Allen & Greg Kurstin)
  • PRS Most Performed Work: “The Fear”

    Lily Allen “The Fear”

    2009:

  • Best Contemporary Song: “Grounds for Divorce” by Elbow (Guy Garvey, Richard Jupp, Craig Potter, Mark Potter, & Peter Turner)
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: “One Day Like This” by Elbow (Guy Garvey, Richard Jupp, Craig Potter, Mark Potter, & Peter Turner)
  • PRS Most Performed Work: “Mercy” by Duffy
  • Best Selling British Single: “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay

    Coldplay “Viva La Vida”

    2008:

  • Best Contemporary Song: “People Help the People” by Cherry Ghost (Simon Aldred)
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: “Love Is a Losing Game” by Amy Winehouse (Amy Winehouse)
  • PRS Most Performed Work: “Shine” by Take That
  • Best Selling British Single: “Beautiful Liar” by Beyonce & Shakira (Amanda Ghost)

    2007:

  • Best Contemporary Song: “Rehab” by Amy Winehouse (Amy Winehouse)
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: “Elusive” by Scott Matthews (Scott Matthews)
  • PRS Most Performed Work: “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’” by Scissor Sisters (Elton John, Scott Hoffman, & Jason Sellards)
  • Best Selling British Single: “A Moment Like This” by Leona Lewis
  • International Hit of the Year: “Sorry” by Madonna

    Amy Winehouse “Rehab”

    2006:

  • Best Contemporary Song: “Athlete” by Wires
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: “Suddenly I See” by KT Tunstall
  • PRS Most Performed Work: “You’re Beautiful” by James Blunt (Amanda Ghost & Sacha Skarbek)
  • Best Selling British Single: “That’s My Goal” by Shayne Ward
  • International Hit of the Year: “You’re Beautiful”

    James Blunt “You’re Beautiful”

    2005:

  • Best Contemporary Song: “Take Me Out” by Franz Ferdinand (Robert Hardy, Alex Kapranos, Nick McCarthy, & Paul Thomson)
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: “Dry Your Eyes” by The Streets (Mike Skinner)
  • PRS Most Performed Work: “Toxic” by Britney Spears (Cathy Dennis, Bloodshy, Henrik Jonback, & Avant)
  • Best Selling British Single: “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by Band Aid 20 (Bob Geldof & Midge Ure)
  • International Hit of the Year: “Vertigo” by U2 (Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, & Larry Mullen Jr.)

    Franz Ferdinand “Take Me Out”

    2004:

  • Best Contemporary Song: “Stronger Than Me” by Amy Winehouse (Salaam Remi)
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: “Leave Right Now” by Will Young (Francis Eg White)
  • PRS Most Performed Work: “Superstar” by Jamelia (Mich Hansen, Joseph Belmaati, & Remee)
  • Best Selling British Single: “Mad World” by Michael Andrews & Gary Jules (Roland Orzabal)
  • International Hit of the Year: “White Flag” by Dido (Dido Armstrong, Rollo Armstrong, & Rick Nowels)

    Michael Andrews with Gary Jules “Mad World”

    2003:

  • Best Contemporary Song: “Weak Become Heroes” by The Streets (Mike Skinner)
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: “The Other Side” by David Gray (David Gray)
  • PRS Most Performed Work: “Just a Little” by Liberty X (Michelle Escoffery, John Hammond Hagan, and George Hammond Hagan)
  • International Hit of the Year: “Complicated” by Avril Lavigne (Christy Lauren, David Alspach, Graham Edwards & Avril Lavigne)
  • Best Selling UK Single: “Anything Is Possible” by Will Young (Cathy Dennis and Chris Braide)

    2002:

  • Best Contemporary Song: “Shining Light” by Ash
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: “Walk On” by U2 (Adam Clayton, Dave Evans, Paul Hewson, & Larry Mullen)
  • PRS Most Performed Work: “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” by Kylie Minogue (Cathy Dennis & Rob Davis)
  • International Hit of the Year: “Can’t Get You Out of My Head”
  • Best Selling UK Single: “Pure and Simple” by Hear’Say (Pete Kirtley, Tim Hawes, & Alison Clarkson)

    Kylie Minogue “Can’t Get You Out of My Head”

    2001:

  • Best Contemporary Song: “Seven Days” by Craig David (Craig David, Mark Hill & Darren Hill)
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: “Babylon” by David Gray (David Gray)
  • PRS Most Performed Work: “Pure Shores” by All Saints (Shaznay Lewis & William Orbit)
  • Best Selling British Single: “Can We Fix It” by Bob the Builder (Paul Joyce)
  • International Hit of the Year: “It Feels So Good” by Sonique (Sonique, Linus Burdick, Simon Belofsky, & Graeme Pleeth)

    David Gray “Babylon”

    2000:

  • Best Contemporary Song: “Why Does It Always Rain on Me” by Travis
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: “Strong” by Robbie Williams
  • PRS Most Performed Work: “Beautiful Stranger” by Madonna
  • International Hit of the Year: “Genie in a Bottle” by Christina Aguilera

    1999:

  • Best Contemporary Song: “Here’s Where the Story Ends” by Tin Tin Out (Harriet Wheeler and David Gavurin)
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: “Believe” by Cher (Brian Higgins, Stuart McLennan, Paul Barry, Steve Torch, Matt Gray & Tim Powell) Cher
  • PRS Most Performed Work: “Angels” by Robbie Williams (Robbie Williams & Guy Chambers)
  • Best Selling British Single: “Believe”
  • International Hit of the Year: “Believe”

    Cher “Believe”


    1995: Best Contemporary Song: “Back for Good” by Take That
    1994: Best Contemporary Song: “Pray” by Take That
    1974 Best Song: “Streets of London” written by Ralph McTell
    1972 International Hit of the Year: “Without You” (Peter Ham and Tom Evans)
    1961 PRS Most Performed Work: “My Kind of Girl” by Leslie Bricusse
    1961 Outstanding Song: “What Kind of Fool Am I?” (Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newly)
    1960 Most Performed Work: “As Long As He Needs Me” (Lionel Bart)
    1959 “The Ballad of Bethnal Green” (Paddy Roberts)
    1955 Outstanding Song: “In Love for the Very First Time” (Paddy Roberts & Jack Woodman)


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