The Darkness scoop Ivor Novello award
LOWESTOFT rockers The Darkness won a prestigious music award today and dedicated it to "songwriters everywhere".The band, topped their meteoric rise to stardom this year with the Ivor Novello Songwriter Of The Year award.
LOWESTOFT rockers The Darkness won a prestigious music award today and dedicated it to "songwriters everywhere".
The band, topped their meteoric rise to stardom this year with the Ivor Novello Songwriter Of The Year award.
Other winners at the 49th Ivors for British songwriters, and composers included young jazz singer Amy Winehouse, Dido and Pop Idol Will Young.
Winehouse, who has also had a stunning year beat her more established rival Kylie Minogue and young rapper Dizzee Rascal to the Best Contemporary Song Award.
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At the ceremony at the Grosvenor House hotel, lead singer Justin Hawkins raised a toast to "songwriters everywhere'.
He joked: "It's a great award, it's the heaviest, I think it might lead.
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"This is the biggest award you can get if you write your own songs. We have always wanted something like this but didn't expect to be in this position now. Now we've got here we're not going to let it go. This is wonderful.' the singer, who has been touring the US said.
Hawkins, winner of three Brit awards this year, continued his feud with music magazine NME at today's ceremony and said he didn't regret an incident where he shouted at a fan at a concert when he thought that she wrote for the magazine.
Dido took the award for international Hit Of The Year for White Flag, beating Kylie and Robbie Williams, but was not at today's event.
Other winners included Jamelia, who took home an award for most performed work for Superstar, the band Gold Frapp for The Ivors Dance Award and Roland Orzibal for Best Selling UK Single for Mad World.
The Tears for Fears star said: "I think this is God's way of telling me to stop making music and to write for other people like Robbie Williams instead.'
Motown legends Holland Dozier Holland, who has written over 70 top ten hits including Stop! In the Name Of Love were presented with the Special International Award.
Radiohead took the award for International Achievement and thanked everyone who had been on their "long journey'.
Charlotte Church, who is writing material for a new album, arrived at today's ceremony with her boyfriend Kyle Johnson to present one of the awards wearing a stunning Karen Millen dress.
The singer said her new work would incorporate everything from heavy rock to soul and Spanish music. She said of her boyfriend: "It's the first time he's come along to an event like this and I think the photographers scared him a little.'
Other award winners included 10CC for Outstanding Song Collection, Errol Brown for Outstanding Contribution to British Music, Richard Rodney Bennett for the Classical Music Award.
The awards are held in honour of Ivor Novello, the British musician and songwriter who died in 1951.
The winners were:
Best Song Musically and Lyrically
Song: Leave Right Now performed by Will Young
Writer/s: Francis Eg White
Best Contemporary Song
Song: Stronger Than Me performed by Amy Winehouse
Writer/s: Amy Winehouse/Salaam Remi
Best Original Music for Television
Broadcast: The Young Visiters
Composer: Nicholas Hooper
The Ivors Dance Award
Song: Strict Machine performed by Goldfrapp
Writer/s: Alison Goldfrapp/William Gregory/Nick Batt
Best Original Film Score
Composer: Dan Jones
PRS Most Performed Work
Song: Superstar performed by Jamelia
Writer/s: Mich Hansen/Joseph Belmaati/Remee
International Hit of the Year
Song: White Flag performed by Dido
Writer/s: Dido Armstrong/Rollo Armstrong/Rick Nowels
Best Selling UK Single
Song: Mad World performed by Michael Andrews featuring Gary Jules
Writer/s: Roland Orzabal
The Ivors Classical Music Award
Sir Richard Rodney Bennett
Outstanding Song Collection
Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley, Lol Creme, Graham Gouldman
Thom Yorke, Ed O'Brien, Jonny Greenwood, Colin Greenwood, Philip Selway
PRS Outstanding Contribution to British Music
Songwriters of the Year
Justin Hawkins, Dan Hawkins, Frankie Poullain, Ed Graham
The Special International Award
Holland Dozier Holland
Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland