Mariah Carey and The 1975 Win 2019 Ivor Novello Awards

Brett Lloyd
The 1975

The 1975 won two of the most prestigious prizes at the 2019 Ivor Novello songwriting awards: songwriters of the year for their album, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships and best contemporary song for "Love It If We Made It." The 64th awards that celebrate excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing for songs, albums, TV, film and video game scores released in 2018, with organizers praising The 1975's efforts as "a bold, inspirational and original statement, bringing together an awareness of contemporary issues without resorting to cliché." 

The event also included a PRS for Music special international award for Mariah Carey, acknowledging her as an "extraordinary talent, an impactful songwriter and one of the biggest-selling artists of all time" in recognition of her 18 U.S. No. 1 singles.   

Speaking of the songwriters award for The 1975, the Academy said, "All at once daring, vulnerable and recklessly honest, The 1975’s songwriting on A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships stands out as a vivid picture of modernity. These songs are a quintessential snapshot of the emotional complexities of life in the here and now, but with all the hallmarks of a body of work that will stand the test of time."

The Academy presented awards to 29 individual songwriters and composers in 14 categories, with 83% of them first-time winners. See a list of other winners below:

Ivors inspiration award: Wiley

Best song musically and lyrically: Ben Howard, "Nica Libres at Dusk"

Outstanding song collection: Dido

Music most performed work: Julian Bunetta, Dan Caplen, Macklemore, John Ryan and Jamie Scott for "These Days," performed by Rudimental ft Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen

Jazz award: Django Bates

Best album: Idles, Joy As An Act of Resistance

International achievement: Deep Purple Mark II --  Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord (posthumous) and Ian Paice

Outstanding contribution to British music: Richard Ashcroft

Best original video game score: Robin Beanland, "Sea of Thieves"

Best television soundtrack: Requiem, composed by Natasha Kahn and Dominik Sherrer

Best original film score: Phantom Thread by Jonny Greenwood 

Click here to see the full list of winners and accolades.