British hit machine Adele continued to roll in the accolades when she collected two awards today (May 17) at the 57th Ivor Novello Awards, which recognizes the best songwriters and composers in the U.K. and Ireland.
At a ceremony that saw several female songwriters take to the stage to collect trophies for their works, which must have at least “33% British and Irish content,” Adele’s “Someone Like You” (Universal Music Publishing/BMG Chrysalis), which she co-wrote with Dan Wilson was also nominated for Most Performed Work.
Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games” (EMI Music Publishing/ Sony/ATV Music Publishing) made an impact by collecting the award for Best Contemporary Song.
However, it was PJ Harvey, with her iconoclastic Let England Shake (EMI Music Publishing/Hot Head Music) that walked away with the much coveted Album Award.
And Siouxsie Sioux, the lead singer of one of the most acclaimed 1970s/1980s punk bands Siouxsie and the Banshee, collected The Ivors Inspiration Award for “not just exceptional songwriting, but also the achievements of the recipient in inspiring others.”
The Ivors, which is organized jointly by BASCA, the British songwriters and composers’ association, and collecting society PRS for Music, were held at the Grosvenor House in JW Marriott Hotel in London.
Honors were also given for the following categories:
Best Television Soundtrack: written by Martin Phipps (Du Vinage Publishing) for crime thriller “The Shadow Line.”
The Ivors Jazz Award: to Stan Tracey, the “godfather of British jazz.”
Outstanding Song Collection: to Gary Kemp, a member of New Romantics band Spandau Ballet for penning an exceptional catalog of songs for the group and other collaborations.
Best Original Film Score: to Alex Heffes (Fintage Publishing/Resonant Music (1) Limited Partners) for “The First Grader.”
PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music: to Take That, the former boy band that have successfully reinvented themselves as one of the country’s leading pop bands.
Lifetime Achievement: to Mark Knopfler for his work in rock band Dire Straits, his other collaborations and movie soundtracks.
PRS for Music Special International Award: Jimmy Webb, the U.S. songwriting legend.
BASCA Fellowship: Andrew Lloyd Webber, arguably the most successful living composer in theater.