Members of the Darkness were today named songwriters of the year at the 49th annual Ivor Novello Awards for British composers, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. The 14-category awards are p

Members of the Darkness were today named songwriters of the year at the 49th annual Ivor Novello Awards for British composers, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. The 14-category awards are presented by the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters (BACS) and sponsored by the Performing Right Society (PRS)

The Brit rockers-comprising Justin Hawkins, Dan Hawkins, Frankie Poullain, Ed Graham-were on hand to receive their trophy.

Errol Brown, frontman of '70s and '80s hitmakers Hot Chocolate, received the PRS outstanding contribution to Brit music award. During his speech, Brown paid tribute to the band's former producer, "the late, great Mickie Most, who got the best out of us."

R&B veteran Bobby Womack presented the best contemporary song award to newcomer Amy Winehouse for her single "Stronger Than Me" (EMI Music Publishing), which she co-wrote with Salaam Remi.

Other winners included Radiohead, which took the international achievement award; composer Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, who received the classical music award; and Goldfrapp, which claimed the Ivors dance award.

The special international award was presented to the classic Motown songwriting and production team Holland, Dozier, Holland (Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland). At a reception after the event, the trio entertained guests with off-the-cuff renditions of some of their best-known compositions.

The awards are judged either by a panel of BACS members or on sales and broadcast performance.