The Ivor Novello Awards are respected worldwide as the major platform for recognizing and rewarding Britain’s songwriting and composing talents. The Ivors remain the only award ceremony in the musical calendar that is not influenced by publishers and record companies, but judged and presented by the writing community.
Irish musician Hozier’s “Take Me To Church” won Best Song; 24-year-old Sheeran won Songwriter of the Year, and electro-quartet Clean Bandit picked up two awards for “Rather Be” – Best Contemporary Song and Most Performed Work.
It was the cherry on the cake for 24-year-old Sheeran after a hugely successful 2014, which saw his album x reach No1 in dozens of countries across the world. He has already picked up a string of awards over the last year, as well as setting several records including becoming the most streamed British artist on Spotify.
Elton John praised Ed Sheeran during the Ivor Novello Awards, declaring that the singer-songwriter will have a lengthy career. Sir Elton John presented him with his award and said of Sheeran: “If he wants to he will have a career as long as mine. I have a vested interest in him because my company manages him,” Elton told the crowd.
“He’s a delight to work with because he has so much enthusiasm for what he does. Whenever I speak to people when they start out, I say to them, ‘Please enjoy it. It’s a really special time. For five or six years you will be doing no wrong, and then someone else will come along and you’ll find your feet’.’’
Sheeran revealed that after his whirlwind year of success he is planning to take some time off. He said: “I’d like to live for a bit. I feel like I live in a bubble at the moment where everything normal happens outside and everything Hollywood happens inside. And I’d like to get on the outside for at least a year I think.”
The Ivor Novello Awards are voted for by songwriters, with judges this year including Gary Barlow, Guy Chambers, Nik Kershaw, Shaznay Lewis and Kim Appleby of ’80s pop group Mel & Kim.
Now in their 60th year, they have honoured the work of more than 750 songwriters and composers, including the Beatles, Kate Bush and Sir Elton John.
The Ivor Novello Awards have been presented annually in London by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) and are sponsored by PRS for Music (a society of songwriters, composers and music publishers).
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