Grammy Awards 2019

Every year, the Grammy Awards land, with their multitude of absurdly specific categories, and every year, I struggle to pull together a post about some of the highlights. Here’s this year’s attempt!

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

The winner was Willie Nelson, for My Way, but he beat Seal‘s Standards. Apparently “pop” means something different at the Grammy Awards to the rest of the world.

Best Dance Recording

Above and Beyond were nominated for Northern Soul, with Richard Bedford, but they lost to Silk City and Dua Lipa and Diplo and Mark Ronson, probably mainly just by virtue of the length of their artist credit.

Best Dance/Electronic Album

As the description says, “for vocal or instrumental albums. Albums only.” I wonder whether EPs count? Anyway, Justice won for Woman Worldwide, beating stiff competition from Jon Hopkins‘s Singularity and a few others that I’ve never heard of.

Totally Gaga

Finally, because I’m clearly short of things to comment on this year, it was interesting to see just how good a year Lady Gaga has had at the Grammy Awards, with nominations for Record of the Year, and Song of the Year, and wins for Best Pop Solo Performance (Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’)), Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (Shallow, with Bradley Cooper), and Best Song Written for Visual Media (same).

So well done to all of them, anyway. Hopefully they’re excited.

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Albums chart of the year 2018

  1. The Radiophonic Workshop – Burials in Several Earths
  2. The Future Sound of London – My Kingdom (Re-Imagined)
  3. Sparks – Hippopotamus [number 21 in 2017]
  4. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – The Punishment of Luxury [number 13 in 2017]
  5. The Human League – Secrets [released in 2001, number 170 in 2017]
  6. The Radiophonic Workshop – Possum (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  7. Tracey Thorn – Record
  8. David Bowie – Legacy [number 27 in 2016, number 4 in 2017]
  9. Kylie Minogue – Golden
  10. Jean-Michel Jarre – Planet Jarre
  11. Jean-Michel Jarre – Equinoxe Infinity
  12. The Grid – Electric Head
  13. Jon Hopkins – Singularity
  14. Moby – Long Ambients 1: Calm. Sleep.
  15. The Prodigy – No Tourists
  16. Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon [released in 1973, number 11 in 2017]
  17. Gorillaz – The Now Now
  18. Goldfrapp – Silver Eye [number 7 in 2017]
  19. Chvrches – Love Is Dead
  20. Culture Club & Boy George – Life

Ivor Novello Awards – 2010-2012

Ivor Novello Awards 2010

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
  • BASCA Fellowship: Andrew Lloyd Webber

Further Reading

Chart for stowaways – 18 August 2018

Here’s the latest album chart:

  1. The Future Sound of London – My Kingdom (Re-Imagined)
  2. The Radiophonic Workshop – Burials in Several Earths
  3. The Human League – Secrets
  4. Goldfrapp – Silver Eye
  5. Sparks – Hippopotamus
  6. Underworld & Iggy Pop – Teatime Dub Encounters
  7. Gorillaz – The Now Now
  8. Jon Hopkins – Singularity
  9. Depeche Mode – Violator
  10. Saint Etienne – Tales from Turnpike House

Chart for stowaways – 28 July 2018

Here’s the latest album chart:

  1. The Radiophonic Workshop – Burials in Several Earths
  2. The Future Sound of London – My Kingdom (Re-Imagined)
  3. The Human League – Secrets
  4. Goldfrapp – Silver Eye
  5. Sparks – Hippopotamus
  6. Gorillaz – The Now Now
  7. Jon Hopkins – Singularity
  8. Kylie Minogue – Golden
  9. Chvrches – Love Is Dead
  10. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – The Punishment of Luxury

Chart for stowaways – 14 July 2018

Let’s have a look at the top albums this week:

  1. The Radiophonic Workshop – Burials in Several Earths
  2. The Future Sound of London – My Kingdom (Re-Imagined)
  3. The Human League – Secrets
  4. Sparks – Hippopotamus
  5. Gorillaz – The Now Now
  6. Goldfrapp – Silver Eye
  7. Jon Hopkins – Singularity
  8. Kylie Minogue – Golden
  9. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – The Punishment of Luxury
  10. Tracey Thorn – Record

Chart for stowaways – 30 June 2018

This week we have both famous Minogues on the chart together. I don’t think that’s happened before…

  1. The Radiophonic Workshop – Burials in Several Earths
  2. The Human League – Secrets
  3. Sparks – Hippopotamus
  4. The Future Sound of London – My Kingdom (Re-Imagined)
  5. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – The Punishment of Luxury
  6. The Orb – No Sounds Are Out Of Bounds
  7. Tracey Thorn – Record
  8. Kylie Minogue – Golden
  9. Dannii Minogue – Neon Nights
  10. Jon Hopkins – Singularity