22 May 2008

Ivor Novello Awards 2008

The 53rd Ivor Novello awards for the best in British song writing (as opposed to performance) were held today and Amy Winehouse won the two awards for her song Love is a Losing Game, best song musically and lyrically. Phil Collins, who won the international acheivement know what for, perhaps for moving to and staying in Switzerland!) thanked the gorilla from the Cadbury's ad for taking In the Air Tonight to number one for the third time.

Winehouse turned up late to the ceremony, on the day she was announced as special guest to play the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury, behind headliner Jay_Z. That bodes well for a cracking, on-time performance from the troubled singer.

The Ivors are considered the top awards in songwriting. It's nice to see talent like the Squeeze frontmen, Difford and Tilbrook (who I'm seeing ater in the year as Squeeze having seen both solo) and Pink Floyd's Dave Gilmore being recognised, and Radiohead winning best album. Here is the list of winners:

:: Best song musically and lyrically:
Love Is A Losing Game - Amy Winehouse

:: Best contemporary song
People Help The People - Cherry Ghost

:: Best television soundtrack
Oliver Twist

:: Best original film score

:: PRS most performed work
Shine - Take That

:: Best-selling British song
Beautiful Liar - Beyonce and Shakira

: Album award
In Rainbows - Radiohead

:: International achievement
Phil Collins

:: Ivors Inspiration award
Jazzie B

:: Ivors classical music award
Jonathan Dove

:: Outstanding song collection

:: PRS outstanding contribution to British music
Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook

:: Songwriter of the year

:: Special international award
Diane Warren

:: Lifetime achievement
David Gilmour

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