For the final post in this series, we reach the 2010s, and 55 years of the Ivor Novello Awards. The 2010 ceremony took place on 20th May 2010 at the Grosvenor House, London.
PRS for Music Most Performed Work: The Fear, performed by Lily Allen. Also nominated: Broken Strings, by James Morrison, and The Promise, by Girls Aloud, written by Xenomania
Best Television Soundtrack: Desperate Romantics, composed by Daniel Pemberton. Also nominated: Life, by George Fenton, and Red Riding 1974, by Adrian Johnston
Best Contemporary Song: Daniel, written by Natasha Khan. Also nominated: Bonkers, by Dizzee Rascal and Armand Van Helden, and In for the Kill, by La Roux
The Ivors Inspiration Award: Johnny Marr
Best Original Video Game Score: Killzone 2, composed by Joris de Man. Also nominated: Empire: Total War, by Richard Beddow, Richard Birdsall, Walter Mair, Lorenzo Piggici and Simon Ravn, and Savage Moon: Waldgeist, by Armin Elsaesser
The Ivors Classical Music Award: Peter Maxwell Davies
Best Song Musically & Lyrically: The Fear, written by Lily Allen. Also nominated: Save It for Someone Who Cares, by The Leisure Society, and The Last Bus, by Patch William
Album Award: Sunny Side Up, by Paolo Nutini. Also nominated: The Duckworth Lewis Method, by The Duckworth Lewis Method, and Tongue N’ Cheek, by Dizzee Rascal
International Achievement: Imogen Heap
Best Original Film Score: Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, composed by John Powell. Also nominated: Skin, by Hélène Muddiman, and The Young Victoria, by Ilan Eshkeri
PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music: Trevor Horn
The Special International Award: Neil Sedaka
Songwriters of the Year: Lily Allen and Greg Kurstin
Lifetime Achievement: Paul Weller
BASCA Fellowship: Tim Rice
Ivor Novello Awards 2011
Grosvenor House in London hosted the 2011 Ivor Novello Awards, on 19th May.
PRS for Music Most Performed Work: She Said, performed by Plan B. Also nominated: All the Lovers, written by Kish Mauve and performed by Kylie Minogue, and This Ain’t A Love Song, by Scouting for Girls
Best Original Video Game Score: Napoleon: Total War, composed by Richard Beddow, Richard Birdsall and Ian Livingstone. Also nominated: Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, by Nitin Sawhney, and James Bond 007: Blood Stone, by Richard Jacques
Best Contemporary Song: Pass Out, performed by Tinie Tempah. Also nominated: Islands, by The xx, and Katy on a Mission by Katy B
Best Television Soundtrack: Any Human Heart, by Dan Jones. Also performed: Agatha Christie’s Marple, Series V, by Dominik Scherrer, and Going Postal, by John Lunn
The Ivors Inspiration Award: Dizzee Rascal
The Ivors Classical Music Award: Michael Nyman
Album Award: The Defamation of Strickland Banks, by Plan B. Also nominated: Flaws, by Bombay Bicycle Club, and Man Alive, by Everything Everything
Best Original Film Score: How To Train Your Dragon, composed by John Powell. Also nominated: Monsters, by Jon Hopkins, and Unstoppable, by Harry Gregson-Williams
PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music: Paul Rodgers
Best Song Musically and Lyrically: Becoming a Jackal, performed by Villagers. Also nominated: MY KZ, UR BF, by Everything Everything, and Spanish Sahara, by Foals
International Achievement: Muse
Outstanding Song Collection: Steve Winwood
Songwriter of the Year: Ben Drew
PRS for Music Special International Award: Stephen Sondheim
Ivor Novello Awards 2012
The 2012 ceremony took place at Grosvenor House on 17th May.
Best Contemporary Song: Video Games, performed by Lana Del Rey. Also nominated: Promises, by Nero, and The Wilhelm Scream, by James Blake
PRS for Music Most Performed Work: Rolling In The Deep, performed by Adele. Also nominated: Someone Like You, by Adele, and The Flood, by Take That
Best Television Soundtrack: The Shadow Line, composed by Martin Phipps. Also nominated: Leonardo, by Mark Russell, and Page Eight, by Paul Englishby
The Ivors Jazz Award: Stan Tracey
Album Award: Let England Shake, by PJ Harvey. Also nominated: 21, performed by Adele, and 50 Words For Snow, by Kate Bush
Outstanding Song Collection: Gary Kemp
The Ivors Inspiration Award: Siouxsie Sioux
Best Original Film Score: The First Grader, composed by Alex Heffes. Also nominated: Life in a Day, by Harry Gregson-Williams and Matthew Herbert, and We Need To Talk About Kevin, by Jonny Greenwood
PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music: Take That
Best Song Musically and Lyrically: The A Team, by Ed Sheeran. Also nominated: Rolling in the Deep, by Adele, and Shake It Out, by Florence + The Machine
Lifetime Achievement: Mark Knopfler
Songwriter of the Year: Adele
PRS for Music Special International Award: Jimmy Webb
Another fine list from my archives, originally posted on my old website on 21st November 2003. In case it wasn’t immediately obvious, I was living in Germany at the time.
Herewith five artists who are big in Germany, and ought to be big in the UK, but nobody has ever heard of them…
One-T + Cool-T – I’ve no idea where they’re from, but they have a really catchy hip hop track with a fantastic video out at the moment called The Magic Key, which is big all over Europe. Except in the UK, of course. It just spent its 18th week on the German chart.
Samajona – A Berlin-based girl band, who appear to be big all over eastern Europe. Their current single Miss You ought to be enough to give Girls Aloud a run for their money, only it’s in German, which isn’t really a terribly commercial idea.
Sylver – A Dutch dance duo, who are now on their second album. They had a minor hit in the UK with Turn the Tide a couple of years ago. A lot of their stuff isn’t that great, but Livin’ My Life and the current single Shallow Water are particularly noteworthy.
Within Temptation – I’ve no idea what most of their material is like, but I just heard a very good industrial rock track called Mother Earth. They seem to sound a bit like Evanescence, except the vocalist uses opera influences, which is interesting. No idea where they’re from.
Wolfsheim – A German electronic group, who seem to have built up a big cult audience in Germany through the 1990s. I’d never heard of them before, but they’ve done a couple of really good singles this year, including Kein Zurück and Find You’re Here.
I could also mention Bernd das Brot, but that’s probably not a terribly good idea. Oh, and the German Popstars: The Rivals band, the unfortunately named Preluders are quite good, too. Or rather, like Girls Aloud, they’ve got a good production team behind them.