The members of Coldplay were named songwriters of the year at the 48th annual Ivor Novello Awards yesterday (May 22) in London, presented by the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters and sponso

The members of Coldplay were named songwriters of the year at the 48th annual Ivor Novello Awards yesterday (May 22) in London, presented by the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters and sponsored by the Performing Right Society (PRS). The band was not able to attend the ceremony due to its North American touring commitments.

Comedian Al Murray accepted the award on the band's behalf and read an acceptance speech. "The Ivor Novellos mean a lot to us and even our grandparents would be impressed with us winning this," he said. "We're not sure whether we deserve this -- but we'll trust your opinions and say thank you very much."

The luncheon's greatest applause, however, was reserved for Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson, who received the special international award. "I make music so that the people who hear it feel covered with love," he told the audience. "England is my spiritual home. I've felt that way since you welcomed [the Beach Boys album] 'Pet Sounds' over here in 1966. Every time I come here you make me feel really special."

Other winners included U2, outstanding song collection; Bryan Ferry, the PRS prize for outstanding contribution to British music; and UB40, the international achievement prize. The most-performed work was Liberty X's "Just a Little", the only song to garner multiple nominations. David Gray took the best song accolade for "The Other Side", while hip-hop artist Mike Skinner, aka the Streets, won in the category for best contemporary song.

Cathy Dennis, who took three trophies last year, added to her collection with the honor for best-selling U.K. single for "Anything Is Possible," performed by Will Young (EMI Music Publishing-Warner/Chappell). Dennis wrote the song with Chris Braide.

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