Craig David Leads Novello Awards
Craig David made up for his lack of success at the Brit Awards in March by scooping up three major trophies at the U.K.'s Ivor Novello Awards, presented yesterday (May 24) in London by the British AcaCraig David made up for his lack of success at the Brit Awards in March by scooping up three major trophies at the U.K.'s Ivor Novello Awards, presented yesterday (May 24) in London by the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters. He was named songwriter of the year and won for best contemporary song for "Seven Days" (co-written with Mark Hill and Darren Hill), while his single with Artful Dodger, "Woman Trouble" (co-written with Mark Hill, Robbie Craig, and Pete Devereux), took the dance award.
David Gray's "Babylon" was named best song musically and lyrically, while Sonique's "It Feels So Good" (written by Sonia Clarke, Linus Burdick, Simon Belofsky, and Graeme Pleeth) picked up international hit of the year. All Saints' "Pure Shores" (written by Shaznay Lewis and William Orbit) was named most-performed work, and Bob The Builder's "Can We Fix It" (written by Paul Joyce) was named best-selling U.K. single.
Stevie Wonder was present to receive the special international award, Pete Townshend picked up the lifetime achievement award, and the Clash's Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, and Topper Headon reunited to receive the PRS' award for outstanding contribution to British music.
Travis' Fran Healy was last year's big winner, taking home songwriter of the year honors and earning best contemporary song for his "Why Does it Always Rain On Me"