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.

Ivor Novello Awards 2017

Last year’s Ivor Novello Awards took place on Thursday 18th May at Grosvenor House in London, and were hosted by Paul Gambaccini.

Best Song Musically and Lyrically

Nominees:

  • Michael Kiwanuka – Black Man in a White World
  • Laura Mvula feat. Nile Rodgers – Overcome
  • Mystery Jets – Telomere

Winner: Michael Kiwanuka

Best Contemporary Song

Nominees:

  • Mura Masa feat. A$AP Rocky – Love$ick
  • Skepta – Man
  • NEIKED feat. Dyo – Sexual

Winner: Skepta

Album Award

Nominees:

  • Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate
  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
  • Laura Mvula – The Dreaming Room

Winner: Laura Mvula

PRS for Music Most Performed Work

Nominees:

  • Coldplay – Adventure of a Lifetime
  • Coldplay – Hymn for the Weekend
  • Adele – When We Were Young

 

Winner: Coldplay, for Hymn for the Weekend

Best Original Film Score

Nominees:

  • Clint Mansell – High-Rise
  • Dario Marianelli – Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Dan Jones – My Scientology Movie

Winner: Kubo and the Two Strings

Best Television Soundtrack

Nominees:

  • Dominik Scherrer – The Collection
  • Paul Englishby – The Witness for the Prosecution
  • Martin Phipps – War and Peace

Winner: War and Peace

International Achievement

Winner: Florence Welch, of Florence + The Machine

Lifetime Achievement

Winner: Nitin Sawhney

Outstanding Song Collection

Winner: Pulp

PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music

Winner: Anne Dudley

PRS for Music Special International Award

Winner: Bill Withers

Songwriter of the Year

Winner: Skepta

The Ivors Jazz Award

Winner: John Surman

The Ivors Inspiration Award

Winner: Gary Numan

 

More here and here.

Mercury Prize 2016

Like me, you might have missed this year’s Mercury Prize, which took place on 15th September at London’s Hammersmith Apollo. Last year’s was much later in the year, and so I hadn’t quite expected it to happen yet, but it has, and here we are.

The Nominees

For those who aren’t familiar with the Mercury Prize, it’s just one award, and there is a shortlist of twelve nominees each year. This year:

  • Anohni – Hopelessness
  • Bat for Lashes – The Bride
  • David Bowie – Blackstar
  • The Comet is Coming – Channel the Spirits
  • Kano – Made in the Manor
  • Michael Kiwanuka – Love and Hate
  • Laura Mvula – The Dreaming Room
  • The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep, for You are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It
  • Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
  • Savages – Adore Life
  • Skepta – Konnichiwa
  • Jamie Woon – Making Time

According to the BBC’s analysis, David Bowie received the highest critical rating, and was also one of several of the acts whose album topped the UK charts, as well as Michael Kiwanuka, Radiohead, and The 1975. Kano‘s album received the lowest critical rating, and The Comet is Coming, whose album was self-released, were the only act who didn’t make the charts.

As always, this was a real mixture of styles and approaches. Anohni, also known as Antony of Antony and the Johnsons, and now working on her own solo material, switches chamber pop for electronics, while other releases include “a baroque concept album about a woman whose fiancé is killed on the way to their wedding”, R&B, grime, pop-rock, and cosmic jazz.

The Shortlist

Just to add a bit more excitement, there was a public vote, which chose The 1975, and carried it through to the shortlist on the night, along with the five chosen by the judging panel, giving a shortlist of six. That list looked like this:

  • David Bowie – Blackstar
  • Michael Kiwanuka – Love and Hate
  • Laura Mvula – The Dreaming Room
  • The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep, for You are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It
  • Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
  • Skepta – Konnichiwa

This process made The Comet is Coming rather upset, but never mind

The Winner

Ultimately, in Jarvis Cocker‘s words, David Bowie would have chosen Skepta as the winner, and so he wins the Mercury Prize for 2016. Congratulations to him, and remember to look up his mum dancing at the podium.

The Coverage

You can read the BBC’s coverage of the nominations here, and some additional detail here. NME looked at the winner here, and the fallout here. This is the official Mercury Prize website.

Ivor Novello Awards 2014

The 59th Ivor Novello Awards ceremony quietly took place on 22nd May at Grosvenor House in London.

PRS for Music Most Performed Work

Which is an oddly named award until you realise that “PRS for Music” is what the sponsoring organisation calls itself these days. Nominees:

  • Emeli Sandé – Clown (Shahid “Naughty Boy” Khan / Grant Mitchell / Emeli Sandé)
  • Passenger – Let Her Go (Mike Rosenberg)
  • Olly Murs feat. Flo Rida – Troublemaker (Claude Kelly / Oliver Murs / Steve Robson)

Winner: Passenger / Mike Rosenberg

The Ivors Classical Music Award

Winner: John McCabe

Best Television Soundtrack

Nominees:

  • Mr. Selfridge (Charlie Mole)
  • Ripper Street (Dominik Scherrer)
  • The Thirteenth Tale (Benjamin Wallfisch)

Winner: Charlie Mole for Ripper Street

Best Contemporary Song

Nominees:

  • Everything Everything – Kemosabe (Jonathan Higgs / Jeremy Pritchard / Alexander Robertshaw / Michael Spearman)
  • Disclosure feat. Sam Smith – Latch (Guy Lawrence / Howard Lawrence / James Napier / Sam Smith)
  • James Blake – Retrograde (James Blake)

Winner: James Blake

International Achievement

Winner: Mumford & Sons

Best Original Film Score

Nominees:

  • Captain Phillips (Henry Jackman)
  • Gravity (Steven Price)
  • The Epic of Everest (Simon Fisher Turner)

Winner: Simon Fisher Turner

The Ivors Inspiration Award

Winner: Jerry Dammers

Album Award

Nominees:

  • Arctic Monkeys – AM (Alex Turner)
  • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Push the Sky Away (Nick Cave / Warren Ellis)
  • Laura Mvula – Sing to the Moon (Laura Mvula)

Winner: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music

Winner: Jeff Beck

Best Song Musically and Lyrically

Nominees:

  • Palma Violets – Best of Friends (Will Doyle / Sam Fryer / Chilli Jesson / Pete Mayhew)
  • John Newman – Love Me Again (Steve Booker / John Newman)
  • London Grammar – Strong (Dominic Major / Hannah Reid / Daniel Rothman)

Winner: London Grammar

Songwriter of the Year

Winner: Tom Odell

Outstanding Song Collection

Winner: The Chemical Brothers

Lifetime Achievement

Winner: Christine McVie

PRS for Music Special International Award

Winner: Nile Rodgers

Visit the official Ivor Novello Awards website here, and you can see my summary of last year’s awards here.

The BRIT Awards 2014

On February 19th at the O2 Arena in London it was time for this year’s BRIT Awards, presented once again by James Corden. Here’s a round-up…

Best Producer

Nominees:

  • Paul Epworth
  • Flood & Alan Moulder
  • Ethan Johns

Winner: Flood & Alan Moulder.

Critics’ Choice Award

Nominees:

  • Ella Eyre
  • Chlöe Howl
  • Sam Smith

Winner: Sam Smith.

British Breakthrough Act

Presented by Tinie Tempah and Fearne Cotton. Nominees:

  • Bastille
  • Disclosure
  • Laura Mvula
  • London Grammar
  • Tom Odell

Winner: Bastille.

International Female Solo Artist

Presented by Nick Grimshaw. Nominees:

  • Lady Gaga
  • Lorde
  • Janelle Monáe
  • Katy Perry
  • Pink

Winner: Lorde.

British Female Solo Artist

Presented by Prince. Nominees:

  • Birdy
  • Ellie Goulding
  • Jessie J
  • Laura Marling
  • Laura Mvula

Winner: Ellie Goulding.

International Group

Presented by footballer Cesc Fàbregas and Nicole Scherzinger from The Pussycat Dolls. Nominees:

  • Arcade Fire
  • Daft Punk
  • Haim
  • Kings of Leon
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Winner: Daft Punk, collected by Nile Rodgers.

British Group

Presented by Lily Allen. Nominees:

  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Bastille
  • Disclosure
  • One Direction
  • Rudimental

Winner: Arctic Monkeys.

International Male Solo Artist

Presented by Pharrell Williams and Kylie Minogue. Nominees:

  • Bruno Mars
  • Drake
  • Eminem
  • John Grant
  • Justin Timberlake

Winner: Bruno Mars.

British Male Solo Artist

Presented by Noel Gallagher. Nominees:

  • James Blake
  • David Bowie
  • Jake Bugg
  • John Newman
  • Tom Odell

Winner: David Bowie, although he looked suspiciously like Kate Moss. That’s Bowie’s third win at the BRITs – he also won this award in 1984 and the coveted Outstanding Contribution award in 1996.

British Video

This didn’t seem to have any nominees at the time of my previous post, which is how it got forgotten. It’s particularly special, though, since this is the first time this has been awarded since 2002! Voted for via YouTube, and presented by Jimmy Carr. Nominees:

  • Ellie Goulding – Burn
  • Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding – I Need Your Love
  • Naughty Boy feat. Sam Smith – La La La
  • John Newman – Love Me Again
  • One Direction – Best Song Ever

Winner: One Direction.

British Single of the Year

Awarded based on sales, and presented by Katy Perry. Nominees:

  • Bastille – Pompei
  • Disclosure – White Noise
  • Ellie Goulding – Burn
  • Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding – I Need Your Love
  • Olly Murs – Dear Darlin’
  • Naughty Boy – La, La, La
  • John Newman – Love Me Again
  • One Direction – One Way or Another
  • Passenger – Let Her Go
  • Rudimental – Waiting All Night

Winner: Rudimental.

MasterCard British Album of the Year

Presented by Emeli Sandé. Nominees:

  • Arctic Monkeys – AM
  • Bastille – Bad Blood
  • David Bowie – The Next Day
  • Disclosure – Settle
  • Rudimental – Home

Winner: Arctic Monkeys.

Global Success

Presented by model and actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

Winner: One Direction.

So that’s it for another year! More in 2015!

Performances

  • Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine?
  • Katy Perry – Dark Horse
  • Bruno Mars – Treasure
  • Beyoncé – XO
  • Disclosure / Lorde / AlunaGeorge – Royals / White Noise
  • Ellie Goulding – I Need Your Love / Burn
  • Bastille / Rudimental / Ella Eyre – Pompeii / Waiting All Night
  • Pharrell Williams / Nile Rodgers – Get Lucky / Good Times / Happy

Further Reading / Viewing

The BRIT Awards 2014 – Nominations

Here’s the full list of nominees for this year’s BRITs…

Best Producer

Nominees:

  • Paul Epworth
  • Flood & Alan Moulder
  • Ethan Johns

Flood has been nominated three times – in 1994, 1995, and 2012. Paul Epworth was also previously nominated in 2012, losing out to Ethan Johns. In addition to the 2012 win, he was also nominated in 2011.

Critics’ Choice Award

Nominees:

  • Ella Eyre
  • Chlöe Howl
  • Sam Smith

The winner – already announced – will be Sam Smith. Not the beer.

British Breakthrough Act

Nominees:

  • Bastille
  • Disclosure
  • Laura Mvula
  • London Grammar
  • Tom Odell

Tom Odell was last year’s Critics’ Choice winner, with Laura Mvula one of the runners up. Which must have saved them a bit of time when trying to come up with the British Breakthrough Act nominees.

International Female Solo Artist

Nominees:

  • Lady Gaga
  • Lorde
  • Janelle Monáe
  • Katy Perry
  • Pink

Lady Gaga won this award in 2010, as well as the International Album and International Breakthrough Artist, with a further nomination in this category in 2012. Pink won in 2003, with further nominations in 2001, 2007, 2009, and also in other categories for International Newcomer in 2001, and International Album and Pop Act in 2003. Katy Perry has yet to win a BRIT, but was nominated for International Album in 2011, and International Female in both 2009 and 2011.

British Female Solo Artist

Nominees:

  • Birdy
  • Ellie Goulding
  • Jessie J
  • Laura Marling
  • Laura Mvula

Ellie Goulding won the Critics’ Choice award in 2010, and received nominees for British Breakthrough Act and British Female Solo Artist the following year. Laura Marling won the British Female Solo Artist award in 2011, and was nominated again in 2012. Jessie J was another favourite from the Critics’ Choice category, with a 2011 win, followed by nominations in 2012 for British Female Solo Artist, British Breakthrough Act, and British Single.

International Group

Nominees:

  • Arcade Fire
  • Daft Punk
  • Haim
  • Kings of Leon
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Arcade Fire were only ever nominated at the BRITs until their two 2011 wins for International Group and International Album. Daft Punk have still never managed a win, despite nominations in 1998 and 2002 for International Group (twice), International Newcomer, and International Album. Kings of Leon have six nominations to their name, plus two wins in 2009 for International Album and International Group.

British Group

Nominees:

  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Bastille
  • Disclosure
  • One Direction
  • Rudimental

Arctic Monkeys had a good track record at the BRITs between 2006 and 2008, managing five wins, but recent years have just seen one nomination (British Group in 2012).

International Male Solo Artist

Nominees:

  • Bruno Mars
  • Drake
  • Eminem
  • John Grant
  • Justin Timberlake

Bruno Mars won this award in 2012, while Eminem won in 2001, 2003, and 2005, with further nominations in 2000, 2010, and 2011. Justin Timberlake has taken it twice previously, in 2004 and 2007.

British Male Solo Artist

Nominees:

  • James Blake
  • David Bowie
  • Jake Bugg
  • John Newman
  • Tom Odell

James Blake was previously nominated for the Critics’ Choice award in 2011, and the British Male Solo Artist in 2012, but has yet to manage a win. David Bowie just has two previous wins to his name – British Male Solo Artist in 1984 and the Outstanding Contribution award in 1996. He was also nominated in this category in 1985, 2000, and 2004.

British Single

Nominees:

  • Bastille – Pompei
  • Disclosure – White Noise
  • Ellie Goulding – Burn
  • Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding – I Need Your Love
  • Olly Murs – Dear Darlin’
  • Naughty Boy – La, La, La
  • John Newman – Love Me Again
  • One Direction – One Way or Another
  • Passenger – Let Her Go
  • Rudimental – Waiting All Night

Olly Murs has been nominated for this award (in 2011 and 2012) but has yet to manage a win. One Direction managed their only BRITs win two years ago in this category with What Makes You Beautiful. Last year’s award was won by Adele‘s Bond theme Skyfall.

MasterCard British Album of the Year

Nominees:

  • Arctic Monkeys – AM
  • Bastille – Bad Blood
  • David Bowie – The Next Day
  • Disclosure – Settle
  • Rudimental – Home

Arctic Monkeys have won this award twice before – in 2007 for Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, and again in 2008 for Favourite Worst Nightmare. This is the first time David Bowie has ever been nominated in the British Album category.

The final ceremony takes place in just under a month on February 19th at the O2 Arena in London.

Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize 2013

Drawing Awards Autumn to a close is the last in our series of posts about the Mercury Music Prize (as it’s really called). The ceremony took place on Wednesday evening. Let’s look at the nominees again:

  • Arctic Monkeys – AM
  • James Blake – Overgrown
  • David Bowie – The Next Day
  • Jake Bugg – Jake Bugg
  • Disclosure – Settle
  • Foals – Holy Fire
  • Jon Hopkins – Immunity
  • Laura Marling – Once I Was an Eagle
  • Laura Mvula – Sing to the Moon
  • Rudimental – Home
  • Savages – Silence Yourself
  • Villagers – {Awayland}

And the winner is James Blake. Don’t worry, I’ve never heard of him either, but apparently his album includes a collaboration with Brian Eno, which should be more than enough to make it worth hearing.

Speaking of music industry legends, isn’t it about time we started complaining about how David Bowie was snubbed, as his album was clearly best? If all else fails we could just wax lyrical about how this award has become over-commercialised like everything these days, and it definitely isn’t as good as it used to be.

Here’s some press coverage from the event:

  • Channel 4 News, who were so sure that Laura Mvula had own that they interviewed her in advance to save time
  • Digital Spy, who still think David Bowie should have won anyway