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Ed Sheeran Named Songwriter of the Year at U.K.'s Ivor Novello Awards

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Ed Sheeran poses during a photocall for the film 'Songwriter' presented in the 'Berlinale special gala' category during the 68th edition of the Berlinale film festival in Berlin on Feb. 23, 2018.

 Ed Sheeran has been named songwriter of the year at Britain’s prestigious Ivor Novello ongwriting awards.

The inescapable singer won the prize Thursday for his “exceptional body of work” in 2017, including his chart-topping album “Divide.” Sheeran’s hit “The Shape of You” took the prize for most-performed song of the year.

Grime musician Stormzy won album of the year for his breakthrough Gang Signs and Prayer. The best contemporary song prize went to 19-year-old rapper Dave for the politically charged “Question Time.”

The PoguesShane MacGowan received an inspiration award, while Billy Bragg, Cathy Dennis and Billy Ocean were rewarded for career achievements.

The awards, named for early 20th-century musician and songwriter Ivor Novello, are presented by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.

See the full list of winners here.

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