Ivor Novello Awards Winners 1956-2018 (Part One)

Let’s take a final look at the history of the Ivor Novello Awards, by trying to summarise the winners by award category. As they should, these have evolved somewhat over the years, and many have changed their name, so I’ve tried to reconcile them into a single category if they’re roughly the same. I’ve generally tried to use the most recent name in each instance.

Best Song or Album

PRS for Music Most Performed Work

  • 1956 – Ev’rywhere – Tolchard Evans and Jack Fishman
  • 1957 – My September Love – Tolchard Evans and Richard Mullen *
  • 1958 – We Will Make Love – Russ Hamilton *
  • 1959 – Trudie – Joe Henderson *
  • 1960 – Side Saddle – Russ Conway *
  • 1961 – As Long As He Needs Me – Lionel Bart *
  • 1962 – My Kind of Girl – Leslie Bricusse
  • 1963 – Stranger on the Shore – Acker Bilk
  • 1964 – She Loves You – John Lennon and Paul McCartney
  • 1965 – Can’t Buy Me Love – John Lennon and Paul McCartney
  • 1966 – I’ll Never Find Another You – Tom Springfield
  • 1967 – Michelle – John Lennon and Paul McCartney
  • 1968 – Puppet on a String – Phil Coulter and Bill Martin
  • 1969 – Congratulations – Phil Coulter and Bill Martin
  • 1970 – Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da – John Lennon and Paul McCartney
  • 1971 – Yellow River – Jeff Christie
  • 1972 – My Sweet Lord – George Harrison
  • 1973 – Beg Steal or Borrow – Tony Cole, Graeme Hall and Steve Wolfe
  • 1974 – Get Down – Gilbert O’Sullivan
  • 1975 – Wombling Song – Mike Batt
  • 1976 – I’m Not In Love – Graham Gouldman and Eric Stewart
  • 1977 – Save Your Kisses For Me – Tony Hiller, Martin Lee and Lee Sheriden *
  • 1978 – Don’t Cry for Me Argentina – Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • 1979 – Night Fever – Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb
  • 1980 – Bright Eyes – Mike Batt
  • 1981 – Together We Are Beautiful – Ken Leray
  • 1982 – You Drive Me Crazy – Ronnie Harwood
  • 1983 – Golden Brown – Jean J. Burnell, Hugh Cornwell, Jet Black and David Greenfield
  • 1984 – Every Breath You Take – Sting
  • 1985 – Careless Whisper – George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley
  • 1986 – Easy Lover – Phillip Bailey, Phil Collins and Nathan East
  • 1987 – Chain Reaction – Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb and Robin Gibb
  • 1988 – Never Gonna Give You Up – Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman
  • 1989 – I Should Be So Lucky – Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman
  • 1990 – This Time I Know It’s For Real – Mike Stock, Matt Aiken, Pete Waterman and Donna Summer
  • 1991 – Blue Savannah – Andy Bell and Vince Clarke
  • 1992 – I’m Too Sexy – Fred Fairbrass, Rob Manzoli and Richard Fairbrass
  • 1993 – Deeply Dippy – Fred Fairbrass, Rob Manzoli and Richard Fairbrass
  • 1994 – Ordinary World – Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Warren Cuccurullo
  • 1995 – Love is All Around – Reg Presley
  • 1996 – Back For Good – Gary Barlow
  • 1997 – Fast Love – George Michael
  • 1998 – I’ll Be Missing You (Every Breath You Take) – Sting
  • 1999 – Angels – Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers
  • 2000 – Beautiful Stranger – William Orbit and Madonna
  • 2001 – Pure Shores – Shaznay Lewis and William Orbit
  • 2002 – Can’t Get You Out Of My Head – Cathy Dennis and Rob Davis
  • 2003 – Just A Little – Michelle Escoffery, John Hammond Hagan, George Hammond Hagan
  • 2004 – Superstar – Mich Hansen, Joseph Belmaati and Mikkel Sigvardt
  • 2005 – Toxic – Cathy Dennis, Bloodshy, Henrik Jonback and Avant
  • 2006 – You’re Beautiful – James Blunt, Amanda Ghost and Sacha Skarbek
  • 2007 – I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ – Elton John, Scott Hoffman and Jason Sellards
  • 2008 – Shine – Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Jason Orange, Mark Owen and Stephen Robson
  • 2009 – Mercy – Steve Booker and Duffy
  • 2010 – The Fear – Lily Allen and Greg Kurstin
  • 2011 – She Said – Eric Appapoulay, Richard Cassell, Ben Drew and Tom Wright-Goss
  • 2012 – Rolling In The Deep – Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
  • 2013 – Next to Me – Hugo Chegwin, Harry Craze, Anup Paul and Emeli Sandé
  • 2014 – Let Her Go – Mike Rosenberg
  • 2015 – Rather Be – James Napier and Jack Patterson
  • 2016 – Hold Back The River – Iain Archer and James Bay
  • 2017 – Hymn for the Weekend – Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin
  • 2018 – Shape of You – Steve Mac, Johnny McDaid and Ed Sheeran

Those with an asterisk (*) were awarded jointly as Most Performed Work and Best Selling British Song, as a single award.

Best Selling British Song

  • 1957 – My September Love – Tolchard Evans and Richard Mullen *
  • 1958 – We Will Make Love – Russ Hamilton *
  • 1959 – Trudie – Joe Henderson *
  • 1960 – Side Saddle – Russ Conway *
  • 1961 – As Long As He Needs Me – Lionel Bart *
  • 1962 – Walkin’ Back To Happiness – Michael Hawker and John Schroeder
  • 1963 – Telstar – Joe Meek
  • 1964 – She Loves You – John Lennon and Paul McCartney
  • 1965 – Can’t Buy Me Love – John Lennon and Paul McCartney
  • 1966 – We Can Work It Out – John Lennon and Paul McCartney
  • 1967 – Yellow Submarine – John Lennon and Paul McCartney
  • 1968 – The Last Waltz – Barry Mason and Les Reed
  • 1969 – Hey Jude – John Lennon and Paul McCartney
  • 1970 – Get Back – John Lennon and Paul McCartney
  • 1971 – In the Summertime – Ray Dorset
  • 1972 – My Sweet Lord – George Harrison
  • 1973 – Mouldy Old Dough – Nigel Fletcher and Rob Woodward
  • 1974 – I Love You Love Me Love – Mike Leander
  • 1975 – Tiger Feet – Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn
  • 1976 – Bohemian Rhapsody – Freddie Mercury
  • 1977 – Save Your Kisses For Me – Tony Hiller, Martin Lee and Lee Sheriden *
  • 1978 – Mull of Kintyre – Paul McCartney and Denny Laine
  • 1979 – Night Fever – Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb
  • 1980 – Bright Eyes – Mike Batt
  • 1981 – There’s No One Quite Like Grandma – Gordon Lorenz
  • 1982 – Stand and Deliver – Adam Ant and Marco Pirroni
  • 1983 – Come On Eileen – Kevin Rowland, Kevin Adams and James Paterson
  • 1984 – Karma Chameleon – Boy George, John Moss, Michael Craig, Roy Hay and Phil Pickett
  • 1985 – Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Bob Geldof and Midge Ure
  • 1986 – I Know Him So Well – Tim Rice, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson
  • 1987 – Every Loser Wins – Simon May, Stewart James and Bradley James
  • 1988 – Never Gonna Give You Up – Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman
  • 1989 – Mistletoe & Wine – Leslie Stewart, Jeremy Paul and Keith Strachan
  • 1990 – Too Many Broken Hearts – Mike Stock, Matt Aiken and Pete Waterman
  • 1991 – Sacrifice/Healing Hands – Elton John and Bernie Taupin
  • 1992 – Bohemian Rhapsody / These are the Days of Our Lives – Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon
  • 1993 – Would I Lie To You – Mick Leeson and Peter Vale
  • 1994 – Mr Blobby – David Rogers and Paul Shaw
  • 1995 – Love is All Around – Reg Presley
  • 1996 – Back For Good – Gary Barlow
  • 1997 – Wannabe – Victoria Adams, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm, Geri Halliwell, Matt Rowe and Richard Stannard
  • 1998 – Candle In The Wind 1997 – Elton John and Bernie Taupin
  • 1999 – Believe – Brian Higgins, Steve Torch, Paul Barry, Stuart McLennan, Tim Powell and Matt Gray
  • 2000 – The Millennium Prayer – Paul Field and Stephen Deal
  • 2001 – Can We Fix It – Paul Joyce
  • 2002 – Pure and Simple – Pete Kirtley, Tim Hawes and Alison Clarkson
  • 2003 – Anything Is Possible – Cathy Dennis and Chris Braide
  • 2004 – Mad World – Roland Orzabal
  • 2005 – Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Bob Geldof and Midge Ure
  • 2006 – That’s My Goal – Jorgan Elofsson, Jeremy Godfrey and Bill Padley
  • 2007 – A Moment Like This – Jorgen Elofsson and John Reid
  • 2008 – Beautiful Liar – Ian Dench, Mikkel Eriksen, Amanda Ghost, Tor Erik Hermansen and Beyonce Knowles
  • 2009 – Viva La Vida – Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin

Those with an asterisk (*) were awarded jointly as Most Performed Work and Best Selling British Song, as a single award.

Best Song Musically and Lyrically

  • 1956 – In Love for the Very First Time – Paddy Roberts and Jack Woodman
  • 1957 – By the Fountains of Rome – Norman Newell and Mátyás Seiber
  • 1958 – A Handful of Songs – Lionel Bart, Michael Pratt and Tommy Steele
  • 1959 – The Wind Cannot Read – Peter Hart
  • 1960 – The Village of St. Bernadette – Eula Parker
  • 1961 – Portrait of My Love – Norman Newell and Cyril Ornadel
  • 1962 – What Kind of Fool Am I? – Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
  • 1963 – My Love and Devotion – Howard Barnes, Harold Fields and Joe Roncoroni
  • 1964 – If I Ruled The World – Leslie Bricusse and Cyril Ornadel
  • 1965 – Downtown – Tony Hatch
  • 1966 – Yesterday – John Lennon and Paul McCartney
  • 1968 – She’s Leaving Home – John Lennon and Paul McCartney
  • 1970 – Where Do You Go To My Lovely – Peter Sarstedt
  • 1971 – Something – George Harrison
  • 1972 – Don’t Let It Die – Hurricane Smith
  • 1973 – Without You – Tom Evans and Peter Ham
  • 1974 – Daniel – Elton John and Bernie Taupin
  • 1975 – Streets of London – Ralph McTell
  • 1978 – Don’t Cry for Me Argentina – Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • 1979 – Baker Street – Gerry Rafferty
  • 1980 – The Logical Song – Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson
  • 1981 – Woman in Love – Barry Gibb and Robin Gibb
  • 1982 – Memory – Andrew Lloyd Webber, T.S. Eliot and Trevor Nunn
  • 1983 – Have You Ever Been in Love – Andy Hill, Pete Sinfield and John Danter
  • 1984 – Every Breath You Take – Sting
  • 1985 – Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now) – Phil Collins
  • 1986 – Nikita – Elton John and Bernie Taupin
  • 1987 – Don’t Give Up – Peter Gabriel
  • 1988 – Something Inside So Strong – Labi Siffre
  • 1989 – They Dance Alone – Sting
  • 1990 – The Living Years – BA Robertson and Mike Rutherford
  • 1991 – Sacrifice – Elton John and Bernie Taupin
  • 1992 – The Whole of the Moon – Mike Scott
  • 1993 – Why – Annie Lennox
  • 1994 – If I Ever Lose My Faith in You – Sting
  • 1995 – Think Twice – Andy Hill andPeter Sinfield
  • 1996 – Common People – Jarvis Cocker, Nick Banks, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey and Russell Senior
  • 1997 – Too Much Love Will Kill You – Brian May, Frank Musker and Elizabeth Lamers
  • 1998 – Paranoid Android – Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Phil Selway, Colin Greenwood and Ed O’Brien
  • 1999 – Believe – Brian Higgins, Stuart McLennan, Paul Barry, Steve Torch, Matt Gray and Tim Powell
  • 2000 – Strong – Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers
  • 2001 – Babylon – David Gray
  • 2002 – Walk On – Adam Clayton, The Edge, Bono and Larry Mullen Jnr
  • 2003 – The Other Side – David Gray
  • 2004 – Leave Right Now – Francis Eg White
  • 2005 – Dry Your Eyes – Mike Skinner
  • 2006 – Suddenly I See – KT Tunstall
  • 2007 – Elusive – Scott Matthews
  • 2008 – Love Is A Losing Game – Amy Winehouse
  • 2009 – One Day Like This – Guy Garvey, Richard Jupp, Craig Potter, Mark Potter and Peter Turner
  • 2010 – The Fear – Lily Allen and Greg Kurstin
  • 2011 – Becoming a Jackal – Conor O’Brien
  • 2012 – The A Team – Ed Sheeran
  • 2013 – Next to Me – Hugo Chegwin, Harry Craze, Anup Paul and Emeli Sandé
  • 2014 – Strong – Dominic Major, Hannah Reid and Daniel Rothman
  • 2015 – Take Me To Church – Andrew Hozier-Byrne
  • 2016 – Wasn’t Expecting That – Jamie Lawson
  • 2017 – Black Man in a White World – Dean ‘Inflo’ Josiah Cover and Michael Kiwanuka
  • 2018 – Magnificent (She Says) – Guy Garvey, Craig Potter, Mark Potter and Pete Turner

International Hit of the Year

  • 1967 – Winchester Cathedral – Geoff Stephens
  • 1968 – A Whiter Shade of Pale – Gary Brooker and Keith Reid
  • 1969 – Delilah – Barry Mason and Les Reed
  • 1970 – Love Is All – Barry Mason and Les Reed
  • 1971 – In the Summertime – Ray Dorset
  • 1972 – Jesus Christ Superstar – Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice
  • 1973 – Without You – Tom Evans and Pete Ham
  • 1974 – Power To All Our Friends – Guy Fletcher and Doug Flett
  • 1975 – The Night Chicago Died – Peter Callander and Mitch Murray
  • 1976 – I’m Not In Love – Graham Gouldman – Eric Stewart
  • 1977 – Save Your Kisses For Me – Tony Hiller, Martin Lee and Lee Sheriden
  • 1978 – Don’t Cry for Me Argentina – Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • 1979 – Stayin’ Alive – Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb
  • 1980 – We Don’t Talk Anymore – Alan Tarney
  • 1981 – Another Brick in the Wall – Roger Waters
  • 1982 – In the Air Tonight – Phil Collins
  • 1983 – Ebony and Ivory – Paul McCartney
  • 1984 – Let’s Dance – David Bowie
  • 1985 – The Reflex – Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Roger Taylor, Andy Taylor and Nick Rhodes
  • 1986 – 19 – Paul Hardcastle, Mike Oldfield, Bill Couturie and Jonas McCord
  • 1987 – West End Girls – Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe
  • 1988 – Never Gonna Give You Up – Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman
  • 1989 – Faith – George Michael
  • 1990 – She Drives Me Crazy – David Steele and Roland Gift
  • 1991 – All Around the World – Lisa Stansfield, Ian Devaney and Andrew Morris
  • 1992 – Crazy – Seal
  • 1993 – Would I Lie To You – Mick Leeson and Peter Vale
  • 1994 – Living on My Own – Freddie Mercury
  • 1995 – Love is All Around – Reg Presley
  • 1996 – Kiss From A Rose – Seal
  • 1997 – Wannabe – Victoria Adams, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm, Geri Halliwell, Matt Rowe and Richard Stannard
  • 1998 – Candle In The Wind 1997 – Elton John and Bernie Taupin
  • 1999 – Believe – Brian Higgins, Stuart McLennan, Paul Barry, Steve Torch, Matt Gray and Tim Powell
  • 2000 – Genie In A Bottle – Pam Sheyne, David Frank and Steve Kipner
  • 2001 – It Feels So Good – Sonique, Linus Burdick, Simon Belofsky and Graeme Pleeth
  • 2002 – Can’t Get You Out Of My Head – Cathy Dennis and Rob Davis
  • 2003 – Complicated – Lauren Christy, David Alspach, Graham Edwards and Avril Lavigne
  • 2004 – White Flag – Dido Armstrong, Rollo Armstrong and Richard Nowels
  • 2005 – Vertigo – Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr
  • 2006 – You’re Beautiful – James Blunt, Amanda Ghost and Sacha Skarbek
  • 2007 – Sorry – Madonna and Stuart Price

Best Lyric

  • 1978 – Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs – Michael Coleman and Brian Burke
  • 1979 – The Man with the Child in His Eyes – Kate Bush
  • 1980 – I Don’t Like Mondays – Bob Geldof
  • 1981 – Take That Look Off Your Face – Don Black
  • 1982 – Woman – John Lennon
  • 1983 – Private Investigations – Mark Knopfler

Best Contemporary Song

  • 1985 – Two Tribes – Holly Johnson, Peter Gill and Mark O’Toole
  • 1986 – We Don’t Need Another Hero – Graham Lyle and Terry Britten
  • 1987 – It’s Alright (Baby’s Coming Back) – Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart
  • 1988 – You Win Again – Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb
  • 1989 – Love Changes (Everything) – Simon Climie, Dennis Morgan and Rob Fisher
  • 1990 – All Around the World – Lisa Stansfield, Ian Devaney and Andrew Morris
  • 1991 – Killer – Adam ‘Adamski’ Tinley and Seal
  • 1992 – Crazy – Seal
  • 1993 – Would I Lie To You – Peter Vale and Mick Leeson
  • 1994 – Pray – Gary Barlow
  • 1995 – You Gotta Be – Des’ree Weekes and Ashley Ingram
  • 1996 – Alright – Danny Goffrey, Gaz Coombes and Michael Quinn
  • 1997 – A Design for Life – James Dean Bradfield, Sean Moore and Nicky Wire
  • 1998 – Karma Police – Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Phil Selway, Colin Greenwood and Ed O’Brien
  • 1999 – Here’s Where The Story Ends – Harriet Wheeler and David Gavurin
  • 2000 – Why Does It Always Rain On Me – Fran Healy
  • 2001 – Seven Days – Craig David, Mark Hill and Darren Hill
  • 2002 – Shining Light – Tim Wheeler
  • 2003 – Weak Become Heroes – Mike Skinner
  • 2004 – Stronger Than Me – Amy Winehouse and Salaam Remi
  • 2005 – Take Me Out – Robert Hardy, Alex Kapranos, Nick McCarthy and Paul Thomson
  • 2006 – Wires – Joel Pott, Steven Roberts, Timothy Wanstall and Carey Willetts
  • 2007 – Rehab – Amy Winehouse
  • 2008 – People Help The People – Simon Aldred
  • 2009 – Grounds For Divorce – Guy Garvey, Richard Jupp, Craig Potter, Mark Potter and Peter Turner
  • 2010 – Daniel – Natasha Khan
  • 2011 – Pass Out – Timothy McKenzie, Patrick Okogwu and Marc Williams
  • 2012 – Video Games – Lana Del Rey and Justin Parker
  • 2013 – Pelican – Sam Doyle, Rupert Jarvis, Orlando Weeks, Felix White and Hugo White
  • 2014 – Retrograde – James Blake
  • 2015 – Rather Be – James Napier and Jack Patterson
  • 2016 – All My Friends – James Carter, Oliver Lee, Cass Lowe and Chance The Rapper
  • 2017 – Man – Skepta and Josh Homme
  • 2018 – Question Time – Dave and Fraser T Smith

Album Award

  • 2005 – Final Straw – Iain Archer, Nathan Connolly, Gary Lightbody, Mark McClelland and Jonny Quinn
  • 2006 – Employment – Nick Baines, Nick Hodgson, Simon Rix, Andrew White and Ricky Wilson
  • 2007 – Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not – Alex Turner
  • 2008 – In Rainbows – Colin Greenwood, Jonny Greenwood, Edward O’Brien, Philip Selway and Thom Yorke
  • 2009 – We Started Nothing – Julian De Martino and Katie White
  • 2010 – Sunny Side Up – Paolo Nutini
  • 2011 – The Defamation of Strickland Banks – Ben Drew
  • 2012 – Let England Shake – PJ Harvey
  • 2013 – An Awesome Wave – Thomas Green, Joe Newman, Gwilym Sainsbury and Augustus Unger-Hamilton
  • 2014 – Push the Sky Away – Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
  • 2015 – So Long, See You Tomorrow – Jack Steadman
  • 2016 – Darling Arithmetic – Conor O’Brien
  • 2017 – The Dreaming Room – Laura Mvula
  • 2018 – Gang Signs & Prayer – Michael ‘Stormzy’ Omari

One-Off and Special Awards

One-Off Awards

  • 1966 – The Year’s Outstanding Contemporary Folk Song – Catch the Wind – Donovan
  • 1970 – The Year’s Outstanding Light Orchestral Arranger / Composer – Ernest Tomlinson
  • 1972 – Entertainment Music – Ron Goodwin
  • 1976 – Best British Work for Children – Captain Noah and His Floating Zoo – Michael Flanders and Joseph Horovitz
  • 1976 – Music Publisher of the Year – Geoffrey Heath
  • 1984 – The Best Rock Song – Let’s Dance – David Bowie
  • 1992 – Award in Recognition of the Exceptional Success of a Single Song – Everything I Do (I Do It For You) – Bryan Adams, Michael Kamen and Robert John ‘Mutt’ Lange
  • 1995 – The Radio 1 Award for Continuing Innovation in Music – Brian Eno
  • 2000 – International Achievement in Musical Theatre – Robert Elhai, Elton John, Lebo M, Tsidii Le Loka, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Tim Rice, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer

Special Awards

  • 1956 – A Personal Special Award – Haydn Wood
  • 1961 – Any work which in the opinion of the Judges, is worthy of an Award, but which may not necessarily be governed by Existing Categories – Goodness Gracious Me – Herbert Kretzmer and David Lee
  • 1961 – Special Award – What Do You Want If You Don’t Want Money? – Johnny Worth
  • 1964 – Special Award in Recognition of Fifty Years’ Service to the Music Industry – The Performing Rights Society
  • 1970 – Special Award for Originality – Space Oddity – David Bowie
  • 1970 – Special Award for The Most Contemporary Song – Melting Pot – Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway
  • 1977 – Special Award for the James Bond Theme – Monty Norman
  • 1978 – Special Award – Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb and Robin Gibb
  • 1979 – Special Award for Services to British Songwriters – Victor Knight
  • 1983 – Special Award for 25 Years In The Music Business – Brian Bennett, Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch
  • 2005 – The Ivors Special Award for Songwriting – Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
  • 2015 – The Ivors Special Anniversary Award – Bob Geldof and Midge Ure

In the second and final part next week, we’ll look at the Artist, Genre or Style-Specific Awards, and awards for Musicals, Films, Television, Radio, and Video Games.

Oi Va Voi – Oi Va Voi

If you hadn’t heard of Oi Va Voi, their reappearance in 2007 with their eponymous second album was something of a surprise. Even if you had, I suspect Yuri would have taken you aback somewhat.

On the previous album Laughter Through Tears, they had launched their own career and also that of KT Tunstall with a folksy blend of Balkan, Jewish, and various other sources of music. It was beautiful and sweet, but realistically was never going to be the kind of thing that would yield many huge chart hits.

Yuri, meanwhile, opens the second album, and is lively, very Eastern European in sound, and a huge amount of fun. It’s a piece about the Soviet obsession with space, and if that sounds like an unlikely combination of influences, it definitely is. It’s also absolutely brilliant, in every way.

There really isn’t much else like it on the album, which is definitely something of a shame, although it doesn’t diminish the quality of what is on here. Further Deeper is a melancholic piece full of unusual instrumentation and a great vocal.

There’s a noticeable mix of male and female vocals, which is often lacking on releases like this, and works very well. Look Down has similar instrumentation to its predecessor, but sounds very different, and the vocal helps a lot. It’s another beautiful piece.

After a while, the tracks do start to drift past a little. Dissident is pleasant, and Balkanik is a largely instrumental that does slightly echo Yuri. Then Black Sheep is a sweet folksy piece with contemporary backing that stands out rather more.

Then there’s a short instrumental, Nosim, before the pleasant but forgettable Dry Your Eyes, and then the lovely Worry Lines. The album is disappearing quickly, and that’s a great shame. It’s beautiful, sweet, and also not enormously exciting a lot of the time. Which isn’t entirely a problem – considered as a single piece, it’s a great album. But bluntly, there’s nothing quite as special as Yuri on here, and it could really do with that.

So in a way, the two minute instrumental and spoken word closing track Spirit of Bulgaria is all the more surprising. It’s nice to have something this witty at the end, but some degree of continuity would have been nice too, tying things back to the “Говорит Москва,” (“Moscow is speaking”) sample that opened the album. Given that this album came a full four years after the debut, you would think they might have got a bit more continuity in place.

But then, if you just listen to it as it is, and try to enjoy it, there’s a lot to appreciate here. Hopefully Oi Va Voi returned a couple of years later with the wonderful Travelling the Face of the Globe, and hopefully they will be back again soon with another multinational work.

The album Oi Va Voi is widely available.

Beginner’s guide to Oi Va Voi

If you haven’t heard of Oi Va Voi before, you’ve got something rather exciting to look forward to. Nothing really conjures up Balkan or south-eastern Europe like this group, and if you need a soundtrack to a journey through the old world, this would be a great one to carry with you.

Key moments

Their one hit, 2007’s Yuri, and despite having also launched KT Tunstall‘s career and being enormous in Turkey, you might well not know them for a huge amount else unfortunately.

Where to start

Start with the eponymous Oi Va Voi (2007), as it includes their one and only hit single and a fair cross-section of the other kind of thing they’re capable of.

What to buy

If you need an order for the other two albums, go with 2009’s fantastic Travelling the Face of the Globe next, and finally grab Laughter Through Tears (2003).

Don’t bother with

Nothing really – there aren’t a whole lot of singles to choose from, and the early EP Digital Folklore doesn’t offer a lot that’s unique.

Hidden treasure

The one-off acoustic track Strangers, from 2013, if you can find it anywhere, is well worth a listen.

For stowaways

 

The BRIT Awards 2008

February 9th 2008 saw The Osbournes in their entirety presenting the BRIT Awards at Earls Court in London.

This post is part of a series about the history of the BRIT Awards. You can read about the 2007 ceremony here, and the 2009 ceremony here.

MasterCard British Album

Presented by Vic Reeves. Nominees:

  • Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare
  • Leona Lewis – Spirit
  • Mika – Life in Cartoon Motion
  • Mark Ronson – Version
  • Take That – Beautiful World

Winner: Arctic Monkeys

British Single

Voted for by listeners of hit40uk, and presented by Alan Carr. Nominees:

  • James Blunt – 1973
  • Mutya Buena – Real Girl
  • The Hoosiers – Worried About Ray
  • Kaiser Chiefs – Ruby
  • Leona Lewis – Bleeding Love
  • Mika – Grace Kelly
  • Kate Nash – Foundations
  • Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse – Valerie
  • Sugababes – About You Now
  • Take That – Shine

Wikipedia lists Mutya Buena as having been eliminated on 15th February, James Blunt on the 16th, Kate Nash on the 17th, and Kaiser Chiefs and Sugababes on the 18th, leaving the following nominees on the night:

  • The Hoosiers – Worried About Ray
  • Leona Lewis – Bleeding Love
  • Mika – Grace Kelly
  • Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse – Valerie
  • Take That – Shine

Winner: Take That

British Male

Presented by Beth Ditto. Nominees:

  • Newton Faulkner
  • Richard Hawley
  • Mika
  • Mark Ronson
  • Jamie T

Winner: Mark Ronson

British Female

Presented by James Nesbitt. Nominees:

  • Bat for Lashes
  • PJ Harvey
  • Leona Lewis
  • Kate Nash
  • KT Tunstall

Winner: Kate Nash

British Group

Presented by Sir Ian McKellen. Nominees:

  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Editors
  • Girls Aloud
  • Kaiser Chiefs
  • Take That

Winner: Arctic Monkeys

British Breakthrough Act

Chosen by listeners of BBC Radio 1, and presented by Jonathan Rhys Myers. Nominees:

  • Bat for Lashes
  • Klaxons
  • Leona Lewis
  • Mika
  • Kate Nash

Winner: Mika

British Live Act

Chosen by listeners of BBC Radio 2, and presented by Chris Moyles. Nominees:

  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Kaiser Chiefs
  • Klaxons
  • Muse
  • Take That

Winner: Take That

International Male

Presented by Kelly Rowland. Nominees:

  • Michael Bublé
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Timbaland
  • Rufus Wainwright
  • Kanye West

Winner: Kanye West

International Female

Presented by David Tennant. Nominees:

  • Björk
  • Feist
  • Alicia Keys
  • Kylie Minogue
  • Rihanna

Winner: Kylie Minogue

International Group

Presented by Denise Van Outen and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Nominees:

  • Arcade Fire
  • Eagles
  • Foo Fighters
  • Kings of Leon
  • The White Stripes

Winner: Foo Fighters

International Album

Presented by Michelle Ryan. Nominees:

  • Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
  • Eagles – Long Road Out of Eden
  • Foo Fighters – Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
  • Kings of Leon – Because of the Times
  • Kylie Minogue – X

Winner: Foo Fighters

Critics Choice

A new award, chosen by a panel of music experts, and presented by Will Young. Nominees:

  • Adele
  • Duffy
  • Foals

Winner: Adele

Outstanding Contribution to Music

Presented by Kylie Minogue.

Winner: Sir Paul McCartney

Performances

Further Reading / Viewing

The BRIT Awards 2006

Chris Evans hosted the 2006 BRIT Awards on 14th February at Earls Court in London.

This post is part of a series about the history of the BRIT Awards. You can read about the 2005 ceremony here, and the 2007 ceremony next time.

MasterCard British Album

Presented by Madonna. Nominees:

  • James Blunt – Back to Bedlam
  • Kate Bush – Aerial
  • Coldplay – X & Y
  • Gorillaz – Demon Days
  • Kaiser Chiefs – Employment

Winner: Coldplay

Best British Single

Presented by Morten Harket of a-ha. Nominees:

  • James Blunt – You’re Beautiful
  • Tony Christie feat. Peter Kay – (Is This The Way To) Amarillo
  • Coldplay – Speed of Sound
  • Sugababes – Push The Button
  • Shayne Ward – That’s My Goal

Winner: Coldplay

Best British Male Solo Artist

Presented by Wayne Coyne. Nominees:

  • Antony and the Johnsons
  • James Blunt
  • Ian Brown
  • Robbie Williams
  • Will Young

Winner: James Blunt

Best British Female Solo Artist

Presented by Jo Whiley. Nominees:

  • Natasha Bedingfield
  • Kate Bush
  • Charlotte Church
  • Katie Melua
  • KT Tunstall

Winner: KT Tunstall

Best British Group

Presented by Blondie‘s Debbie Harry. Nominees:

  • Coldplay
  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Gorillaz
  • Hard-Fi
  • Kaiser Chiefs

Winner: Kaiser Chiefs

Best British Breakthrough Act

Presented by Chris O’Dowd. Nominees:

  • Arctic Monkeys
  • James Blunt
  • Kaiser Chiefs
  • The Magic Numbers
  • KT Tunstall

Winner: Arctic Monkeys

Best British Rock Act

Presented by Tamsin Greig. Nominees:

  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Hard-Fi
  • Kaiser Chiefs
  • Kasabian
  • Oasis

Winner: Kaiser Chiefs

Best British Urban Act

Nominees:

  • Craig David
  • Dizzee Rascal
  • Kano
  • Lemar
  • Ms. Dynamite

Winner: Lemar

Best British Live Act

Presented by Thandie Newton. Nominees:

  • Coldplay
  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Kaiser Chiefs
  • Oasis
  • KT Tunstall

Winner: Kaiser Chiefs

Best Pop Act

Presented by Harry Hill. Nominees:

  • James Blunt
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Madonna
  • Katie Melua
  • Westlife

Winner: James Blunt

Best International Album

Presented by Paris Hilton. Nominees:

  • Arcade Fire – Funeral
  • Green Day – American Idiot
  • Madonna – Confessions on a Dancefloor
  • U2 – How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
  • Kanye West – Late Registration

Winner: Green Day

Best International Male Solo Artist

Presented by Boy George. Nominees:

  • Beck
  • Jack Johnson
  • John Legend
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Kanye West

Winner: Kanye West

Best International Female Solo Artist

Presented by Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys. Nominees:

  • Björk
  • Mariah Carey
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Missy Elliott
  • Madonna

Winner: Madonna

Best International Group

Nominees:

  • Arcade Fire
  • The Black Eyed Peas
  • Green Day
  • U2
  • The White Stripes

Winner: Green Day

Best International Breakthrough Act

Presented by Beth Orton. Nominees:

  • Arcade Fire
  • Jack Johnson
  • John Legend
  • Daniel Powter
  • The Pussycat Dolls

Winner: Jack Johnson

Outstanding Contribution to Music

Presented by Ray Winstone.

Winner: Paul Weller

Performances

Further Reading / Viewing

Mercury Music Prize 2004-2006

By 2006, speculation seemed to be mounting that somehow winning the prize was a curse, meaning you would never do anything meaningful again. Which, if you look back through the list of winners, may not be a million miles away from the truth. But then, how many artists release more than one exceptional album?

Nationwide Mercury Prize 2004

The 2004 ceremony took place on 7th September.

Nominees:

  • Basement Jaxx – Kish Kash
  • Belle and Sebastian – Dear Catastrophe Waitress
  • Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand
  • Jamelia – Thank You
  • Keane – Hopes and Fears
  • Snow Patrol – Final Straw
  • Joss Stone – The Soul Sessions
  • The Streets – A Grand Don’t Come for Free
  • Ty – Upwards
  • Amy Winehouse – Frank
  • Robert Wyatt – Cuckooland
  • The Zutons – Who Killed… The Zutons?

Winner: Franz Ferdinand

Nationwide Mercury Prize 2005

The first week in September always saw the Mercury Prize ceremony during this period, and this year’s was on 6th September 2005

Nominees:

  • Antony and the Johnsons – I Am a Bird Now
  • Bloc Party – Silent Alarm
  • Coldplay – X&Y
  • Hard-Fi – Stars of CCTV
  • Kaiser Chiefs – Employment
  • KT Tunstall – Eye to the Telescope
  • M.I.A. – Arular
  • Maxïmo Park – A Certain Trigger
  • Polar Bear – Held on the Tips of Fingers
  • Seth Lakeman – Kitty Jay
  • The Go! Team – Thunder, Lightning, Strike
  • The Magic Numbers – The Magic Numbers

Winner: Antony and the Johnsons

Nationwide Mercury Prize 2006

The award ceremony took place on 5th September 2006

Nominees:

  • Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
  • Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan – Ballad of the Broken Seas
  • Editors – The Back Room
  • Guillemots – Through the Windowpane
  • Richard Hawley – Coles Corner
  • Hot Chip – The Warning
  • Muse – Black Holes and Revelations
  • Zoë Rahman – Melting Pot
  • Lou Rhodes – Beloved One
  • Scritti Politti – White Bread Black Beer
  • Sway – This is My Demo
  • Thom Yorke – Eraser

Winner: Arctic Monkeys

Further information

Q Awards Winners 1990-2012 (Part One)

Having worked our way through the 1990s, it’s time to come straight up to speed with a look at all of the winners of the Q Awards. There are a lot of them, so I’ve split the list into two parts…

Best Single and Video Awards

After a decade or so of only caring about albums, Q Magazine finally took an interest in singles in 1998, with videos following a couple of years later. Unlike other award ceremonies, they still care.

Best Single / Best Track

  • 1998 – Catatonia – Road Rage
  • 1999 – Travis – Why Does it Always Rain on Me?
  • 2000 – David Gray – Babylon
  • 2001 – Ash – Burn Baby Burn
  • 2002 – Sugababes – Freak Like Me
  • 2003 – Christina Aguilera – Dirrty
  • 2004 – Jamelia – See it in a Boy’s Eyes
  • 2005 – KT Tunstall – Black Horse and the Cherry Tree
  • 2006 – Gnarls Barkley – Crazy
  • 2007 – Manic Street Preachers – Your Love Alone is Not Enough
  • 2008 – Keane – Spiralling
  • 2009 – Lily Allen – The Fear
  • 2010 – Florence + The Machine – You’ve Got the Love
  • 2011 – Adele – Rolling in the Deep
  • 2012 – Plan B – Ill Manors

Q Classic Song

  • 2005 – Ray Davies – Waterloo Sunset
  • 2006 – Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
  • 2007 – Stereophonics – Local Boy in the Photograph
  • 2008 – Meat Loaf – Bat Out of Hell
  • 2009 – Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Relax
  • 2011 – Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
  • 2012 – Dionne Warwick – Walk on By

Best Video

  • 2000 – Kelis – Caught Out There
  • 2001 – Gorillaz – Clint Eastwood
  • 2002 – Pink – Get the Party Started
  • 2003 – Electric Six – Gay Bar
  • 2004 – Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
  • 2005 – Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc
  • 2006 – The Killers – When You Were Young
  • 2007 – Kaiser Chiefs – Ruby
  • 2008 – Vampire Weekend – A-Punk
  • 2009 – Lady Gaga – Just Dance
  • 2010 – Chase & Status – End Credits
  • 2011 – Jessie J – Do it Like a Dude
  • 2012 – Keane – Disconnected

Best Album Awards

The Best Album award is one of the few original awards, and seems to tend to go to the top indie album every year…

Best Album

  • 1990 – World Party – Goodbye Jumbo
  • 1991 – R.E.M. – Out of Time
  • 1992 – R.E.M. – Automatic for the People
  • 1993 – Sting – Ten Summoner’s Tales
  • 1994 – Blur – Parklife
  • 1995 – Blur – The Great Escape
  • 1996 – Manic Street Preachers – Everything Must Go
  • 1997 – Radiohead – OK Computer
  • 1998 – Massive Attack – Mezzanine
  • 1999 – The Chemical Brothers – Surrender
  • 2000 – Coldplay – Parachutes
  • 2001 – Travis – The Invisible Band
  • 2002 – Coldplay – A Rush of Blood to the Head
  • 2003 – Blur – Think Tank
  • 2004 – Keane – Hopes and Fears
  • 2005 – Oasis – Don’t Believe the Truth
  • 2006 – Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
  • 2007 – Amy Winehouse – Back to Black
  • 2008 – Coldplay – Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
  • 2009 – Kasabian – West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
  • 2010 – The National – High Violet
  • 2011 – Bon Iver – Bon Iver
  • 2012 – Bobby Womack – The Bravest Man in the Universe

Best Reissue / Compilation

  • 1990 – Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
  • 1992 – Bob Marley – Songs of Freedom
  • 1993 – Beach Boys – Good Vibrations
  • 1994 – Various Artists – Tougher Than Tough
  • 1995 – Various Artists – Help
  • 1996 – The Beatles – Anthology
  • 1997 – Various Artists – The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers

classic album award

  • 2007 – The Verve – Urban Hymns
  • 2009 – U2 – The Unforgettable Fire
  • 2010 – Wings – Band on the Run
  • 2012 – Manic Street Preachers – Generation Terrorists

One-Off and Occasional Awards

Just in case there wasn’t a way to squeeze U2 into the standard award ceremony, Q have periodically added new ones especially for the Irish four-piece.

Special Award / Q Special Award

  • 1997 – Phil Spector
  • 2001 – Brian Eno
  • 2003 – Scott Walker
  • 2005 – John Lennon

Q People’s Choice Award

  • 2001 – U2
  • 2005 – Oasis
  • 2006 – Arctic Monkeys

Q Unwanted

  • 2002 – Simon Cowell

Q Birthday Honour

  • 2005 – Michael Eavis

Q Outstanding Performance Award

  • 2006 – Faithless

Q Award of Awards

  • 2006 – U2

Q Groundbreaker Award

  • 2006 – Primal Scream

Q Charity of the Year

  • 2006 – War on Want

Q HERO

  • 2007 – Anthony H. Wilson
  • 2010 – The Chemical Brothers
  • 2012 – Johnny Marr

Q’s Greatest Act of the Last 25 Years

  • 2011 – U2

Q Spirit of Independence

  • 2012 – The Cribs

More next week…