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It's impossible to top a speech by Bill Withers, so host Paul Gambaccini doesn't even try - he simply says goodbye.

Bill was honoured on the night along with the likes of Pulp, Florence and Gary Numan.

Coldplay, Skepta and Michael Kiwanuka were among the prizes but the story of the afternoon is surely Laura Mvula - dropped by her record label - scooping best album.

Scroll down for more from the awards plus tributes to the singer Chris Cornell, who has died at the age of of 52.

Thank you again for sharing your thoughts about Chris, on Twitter and on Facebook.

Kevin Titman said "The man was, is and will always be a legend with a legendary voice.

"I simply cannot get to grips with the idea of a world without Chris Cornell and therefore no Soundgarden."

Andrew McGuinness added: "Best voice in rock. 4 octave vocal range. Drop tuning master. Original grunge kid. #outshined

"Just pure rock god. And the original grunge kid who grew up to be a rock god for everyone," wrote Ben Paul Bedford Cowell.

Sheila Farris could only say "Just so sad."

We'll back back tomorrow with a Great Escape Festival special from Brighton, bringing you all the news and bands-to-watch from the annual event by the sea.

We'll leave you with a Soundgarden classic.

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Bill Withers gets biggest cheer of the day at Ivor Novellos

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Woop Woop! Funk legend George Clinton is in the house to give a special award to the one and only Bill Withers.

Bill can boast writing the song for the first dance at many weddings amongst his achievements...not that he knows.

Clinton said: ''The 1970s was special, colourful, psychedelic and loud.

"But out of the noise came the voice of a poet."

Bill then read out a specially written poem for the occasion before telling the tale of when Paul McCartney called him a "raconteur".

He had to look it up in the dictionary and apparently was surprised to find it had nothing to do with raccoons.

The 78-year-old said : "It's great to see I'm so well respected - while I'm still here,", adding songwriting is simply "dealing with feeling".

Fun fact: Bill sings 'i know' 26 times in Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone.

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Skepta takes home a second Ivor Novello award


It's been a good day at work for Skepta, who has been named songwriter of the year at the Ivor Novellos.

Earlier, he won best contemporary song.

He said he has "fallen in love" with songwriting and that people know when he goes through bad times that "uh,oh another song is coming".

Best joke of the afternoon went to his sister, Beats 1 DJ Julie Adenuga, who joked that someone snapped a picture of her thinking she was Laura Mvula.

Skepta's Boy Better Know crew were in the house and met his win with plenty of "Braaaaps".

The Jesus and Mary Chain and Sky Ferreira and The Late Show...

..and a new song, and it's called The Two of Us and they played it live and it's from their new album Damage And Joy and you can hear it below.

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Honorary awards at the Ivor Novellos handed out..

Gary Numan

Gary Numan (scroll down to read about his love of Ariana Grande) has been presented with the Inspiration award at the Grosvenor House in London.

The 59-year-old singer said: "I've been doing this a long time and this is my proudest moment."

World musician Nitin Sawhney was also given a lifetime achievement award and soul legend and non-lover of new music (scroll down) Bill Withers was also given a special international award.

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Nitin said: "Music is the most versatile language.

'I've had the most blessed and fortunate life through music."

He joins a list of previous winners including Damon Albarn and Pete Townshend.

Ivor Novellos: Best album goes to...

Laura Mvula

Laura Mvula for The Dreaming Room.

The singer beat Love and Hate by Michael Kiwanuka and Nick Cave's Skeleton Tree.

Laura came onstage in a glittery gold all-in-one suit and was shoeless (she apparently took her shoes off as she didn't think she'd win).

She thanked her mum, who wasn't there, as she was "tired of seeing her baby give the sad clap''.

Well guess what mum, your daughter is definitely phenomenal...

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Anne Dudley honoured with an outstanding contribution to British music

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Anne Dudley, who has written film scores for American History X and The Full Monty has taken home one of the honorary Ivors.

Pet Shop Boy Neil Tennant, giving out the award, said he was "a big fan".

Previous winners of the award include David Bowie, Sir Ray Davies and Kate Bush, so she's in great company.

Anne thanked her husband and joked: "I've never publicly thanked him. I've never privately thanked him!".

Best television soundtrack went to War and Peace.

Florence and the Machine win international achievement award

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Looking resplendent in a flowing red dress. Florence was presented the award by Jarvis Cocker, fresh from accepting his own award.

He compared Pulp's big break filling in for Glastonbury headliners The Stone Roses in 1995 to Florence stepping in for the Foos twenty years later in 2015.

She dedicated the award to her dad, who is here, saying he drove her band around the whole of Europe for their first tour, supporting MGMT.

She said: "I'm much better at singing than public speaking.

"It's amazing to think we've come from that to this.

"Thanks for having me."

Rock festival praise 'voice of an angel' Cornell

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Rock on the Range, the music festival in Columbus, Ohio, where Soundgarden were due to perform this weekend have posted a message calling him a "true hero to music".

A statement on their website added: "The voice of an angel, now watching down on us as we celebrate and honour him all weekend long"

Ivor Novellos: Outstanding song collection goes to...

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Jarvis and co are recognised for their contribution to Britpop.

Factory Records designer Peter Saville is on hand to dish out the award.

Wearing a black polo neck and brown blazer and bending down to use the mic, the tall singer joked: "This microphone looks like a grey velvet bum to me. It's nice."


Pulp's seminal 1995 album Different Class went four-times platinum.

"'We always wanted to be a pop group," admitted Jarvis. "Popular - not populist"

The singer also addressed Brexit calling it "a horrible word, almost as bad as Britpop".

Ghostpoet shares powerful video for Immigrant Boogie

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British rapper Ghostpoet has unveiled a striking dystopian video for new track Immigrant Boogie.

The video was directed by Zhang + Knight, who have worked with artists like Mark Lanegan and Scandi-newcomer Skott.

The track is his first new material since his Mercury-nominated Shedding Skin album in 2015.

The artist, aka Obaro Ejimiwe, has called it "a first person account of a difficult journey across borders, partly intended to ask those who have questioned the arrival of refugees in recent times what they would do in the same situation".

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Skepta scoops Ivor Novello for best contemporary song...


The grime star's track Man Beat Mura Masa and Neiked to the title at the Ivors.

Sportingly sunglasses indoors, he thanked "Josh Homme and Queens of the Stone Age for clearing that sample."

He said Mob Marley's One Love inspired him and that he always tries to write "from true emotion".

"Power to true music!," he added.

Just for you Skepta...

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The Ivors jazz award was dedicated to a "major force in the British jazz scene" Jon Surman.

Accepting the award, Jon said: !I've worked with lots of young people and I just want to say that it [jazz] is in good hands".

Chris Cornell 'kicked down the boundaries of sound'

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More musicians such as St Vincent and Billy Idol have joined the growing list of tributes to Chris Cornell.

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Writing in the Guardian, Alexis Petridis said anyone at Soundgarden's first ever UK gig at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies "might have got a vague inkling they were destined for bigger things".

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Ivor Novellos: Bill Withers shares his thoughts on current state of music

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Soul singer Bill Withers is not the man to go to for tips on new music it seems.

"I don't know, said the 78-year-old, "I'm probably like your grandfather or something.

"I drive round and listen to talk radio but I'm not one of those seekers of current events."

The singer, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015, released his last full studio album in 1985 but effectively retired from music.

"Sometimes I hear something that strikes my fancy," he said at the Ivo Novellos, "Sometimes I hear something that makes me wanna throw up."

Ivor Novellos: Best song musically and lyrically...

Michael Kiwanuka
BBC Michael Kiwanuka's Black Man In A White World.

He's in the States so isn't here to pick up his award.

His friend has revealed that he told him he would "write a song like Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye" and now he's done it.

He beat Overcome by Laura Mvula ft Nile Rodgers and the Mystery Jets' Telomere.

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First two Ivors are announced...

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The first awards have been dished out at the Ivor Novellos in London.

Coldplay's Hymn for the Weekend won most performed work, beating another of their songs, Adventure of a Lifetime and Adele's When We Were Young.

Sadly, Chris Martin and co are not there to collect.

Dario Marianelli

Dario Marianelli (above) has also won best original film score for the Oscar-nominated animation Kubo and the Two Strings.

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Gary Numan: Ariana Grande is 'best thing ever'

Gary Numan

Electro veteran Gary Numan is at the Ivor Novellos.

We don't know if he got here by train or in cars.


He revealed to the BBC what music the next generation of Numans are digging right now.

He said: "I'm quite narrow in what I like

"My kids like Ariana Grande and think she's amazing and her songs are the best thing ever."

So Ariana if you're reading, you know who to cover next time you're in the Live Lounge.

Twenty years on, Ok Computer - rock's last great masterpiece?

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That's according to Dorian Lynskey writing for BBC Culture.

Radiohead's angst-ridden opus came at a time of prosperity and hope in mid-‘90s Britain – but its anxious mood was also "eerily prescient" he claims.

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As we reported earlier this month, the band are releasing an anniversary edition of the album, including he lost track Lift.

Listen again to Ed O'Brien from the band on why it was never released.

Lost Radiohead track Lift is finally getting a release, as Ed O'Brien tells Matt Everitt

Laura Mvula chuffed to get her glad rags out for Ivors

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Laura Mvula is hoping to defy the record label that dropped her by winning her first Ivor today.

The singere is up against Mystery Jets and Michael Kiwanuka for best song, for her track Overcome.

She found out she had been dropped by Sony earlier this year by email.

She dressed like a winner in a rather revealing sparkling dress and said: "I'm chuffed to bits.

"I love this afternoon it's a special one. That's why I've got my glad rags out. I don't get them out for anything."

She added: "Just to sit down and have lunch with these legends is an honour."

The honour we are sure is mutual.

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Chris Cornell: An 'awesome voice'

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Thank you to everyone who has shared your memories of Chris Cornell, the hugely influential singer and songwriters who has died at the age of 52.

Police have now confirmed to the BBC that they are investigating the death as a "possible suicide".

Scroll back down for more on that plus tributes from the likes of Elton John, Nile Rodgers and Kiss's Paul Stanley.

Here are some of your thoughts...

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Nearly show time at the Ivor Novellos

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The stars and the press (on the balcony above) have all been fed.

Hope no potential winners have spilt any gravy on themselves.

On with the show...

Goldie hopeful Brexit will good for music

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Music producer Goldie is hopeful that Brexit will effect the music industry in "a good way".

Speaking on the red carpet at the Ivor Novellos awards, he said: "Where else can we get people lamenting for a better side of the day?

"It's gonna get worse before it gets better but that's good."

He added: "'It's good that people can get out of their comfort zone."

The jungle star - whose new album comes out next month, also spoke about his thoughts on the current state of chart music, which he labelled "very generic".

"It needs to get back to being personal," he said. "There's nothing better than the written word. It lasts forever."

Police investigating Chris Cornell's death as 'possible suicide'

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Police in Detroit are investigating Chris Cornell's death as a "possible suicide".

The 52-year-old singer was found unresponsive in his Detroit hotel room at midnight on Thursday.

Dan Donakowski of the Detroit Police Department's media relations department told the BBC officers had responded to a 911 call from the MGM Grand Casino.

"It is being investigated as a possible suicide, it occured at 12.05 in the morning," he said.

"He was found on the bathroom floor, our medi-unit were called and he was pronounced dead on scene."

"A family friend had went to check on him and observed him on the bathroom floor.

"The body was transferred to the medical examiner's office and the cause of death will be determined," he added.

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More clubbers took MDMA last year than used energy drinks.

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Music reporter at The Great Escape

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That's one of the facts revealed at The Great Escape festival, where a day-long conference on drugs and the music industry is taking place.

Duncan Dick, editor of Mixmag magazine, said 79% of clubbers took the drug, the primary ingredient of Ecstasy - known as 'molly', last year.

The figure has risen for the last five years, he added, citing the global drug survey.

"Ecstasy is more fashionable than it's ever been," said Dick, noting that the strength of pills was simultaneously on the increase.

Drug use is "inextricably linked to dance music," he added. "It's part of the culture. A lot of people would love it to go away. It's not going to go away."

Club owners at the conference said education was they key to tackling drug abuse.

Sacha Lord from Manchester's Warehouse Project, said clubs had a responsibility to warn customers when dangerous or doctored drugs were being sold in their city - either through flyers or social media.

But he warned that many clubs could not talk to customers about drug use, because that amounted to an admission that drug-taking occurred on their premises could jeopardise their licence.

One club that nearly did lose its licence was London's Fabric - which temporarily faced closure after the drug-related deaths of two 18-year-olds in June and August last year.

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The venue's Andy Blackett said that, since re-opening, it was taking as many precautions as it could to protect its customers.

That includes ID checks on the door, extra medics and barring customers under 19.

They also have floor-walkers to keep an eye on customers throughout the night. "If someone is looking a bit worse for wear, we take them into a welfare centre, which is like an amnesty room," he said.

Lord, who employs a similar system in Manchester, added: "If something goes wrong in our venue, that customer's got a fighting chance of surviving, because we've got all the facilities in the venue."

However, they criticised some of the measures that had been imposed upon them - including a licensing condition that requires the Warehouse Project to give clubbers a lollipop as they leave the venue, the theory being that this will prevent shouting and fights that disturb local residents.

Blackett noted that Fabric's customers had to "empty your pockets into a bowl because according to the police, everyone keeps their drugs in their pockets," prompting laughter from the audience.

Natalie Wainwright, who lost her brother to an ecstasy overdose in 1997, said "clubs like Fabric do more to protect clubbers than the police or government".

Like the club owners, she felt that efforts to impose an outright ban on drug-taking at music venues were unrealistic.

"You can line 20 kids up against an electric fence and say don't touch it," said Blackett. "I guarantee you, five of them will touch it."

And we will be broadcasting a special edition of Music News LIVE from The Great Escape on Friday, so tune in for all the news, gossip and tips on some of the bands to see this year.

More stars arrive on the red carpet at the Ivor Novellos

Bill Withers

Stars have been posing for pictures at the Ivor Novellos in central London, including the legendary Bill Withers (pictured above) and Florence and the Machine (below)

Florence Welch

The nominees for the prestigious awards include Coldplay, Adele Michael Kiwanuka and Laura Mvula (scroll down for the full list).

Mercury Prize-winners, Edinburgh hip-hop group Young Fathers (below) are also on the guestlist.

We'll be bringing you the winners as they are announced this afternoon.

Young Fathers

Ivor Novellos: Nile Rodgers 'heartbroken' over death Chris Cornell

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Chic guitar legend Nile Rodgers discovered the news about the death of Chris Cornell on the way from his hotel to the Ivor Novello awards in London.

"I just heard the news as I was leaving my hotel and it broke my heart.

"I was sort of hoping it was a joke. But my friend told me and was crying and I could tell by her state it was serious and real."

The songwriter said he knew Cornell "very, very, very well".

"Chris and I were friends for maybe 4 or 5 years," he said on the red carpet.

"Our friendship was probably based on mutual admiration of musicianship. But we would hang around with each other's crews and go to each other's concerts.

We spent more time together in restaurants, hanging out, talking about the world, clothing - like, 'Who was the best designer? What's your favourite movie?' We were much more friends like regular people than we were musical colleagues.

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Chris Cornell dies: Nile Rodgers 'heartbroken'

Send us your memories of Chris Cornell

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Elton John described Chris Cornell as "the loveliest man" while Sebastian Bach said he has "tears in his eyes" (scroll down for more tributes).

Did you ever see Chris play with Soundgarden or Audioslave on even on his own?

Share with us your memories of the incredible frontman.

Tweet us at @BBCMusic or message us on

A look back at the life of Chris Cornell

Back now to the death of singer Chris Cornell, Paul Stanley of Kiss said it was music's loss whilst his bandmate Gene Simmons retweeted a tribute written by his son Nick Simmons, calling Cornell "my hero".

Rappers Chuck D and Cypress Hill, with whom Chris played recently as the Prophets of Rage, added their thoughts...

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Remembering Chris Cornell

The long-awaited return of Plan B

It's been five years since he released the album and directed the film Ill Manors, but now we can celebrate the return of Plan B.

The newly-chiselled star told Mistajam that he has taken some time to live life, having been working solidly for several years

"I lost a lot of weight," he said of his attempts to go incognito. "People would kind of recognise me, like, they would say, 'Is that Plan B? Naah, he's fat."

Weight issues aside, he brought in his new track In The Name of Man, as the day's Hottest Record in the World.

Listen above.

Chris Cornell: 'One of the defining voices of grunge music'

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More now on Chris Cornell, the Soundgarden singer who has died in Detriot, following a gig at the age of 52.

A statement from his representative called the death "sudden and unexpected".

His added Chris family "would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty".

The singer was a leading light of the 90s Seattle grunge scene along with bands like Pearl Jam and Nirvana.

Music reporter Mark Savage has been looking at his life and career.

Read more about the story.

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Chris Cornell was 'the loveliest man' says Elton John

Sir Elton John is another of the musical greats who have taken the time to pay their condolences to Chris Cornell, calling him "a great singer".

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Chris was a supporter of Sir Elton's Aids Foundation and attended his 70th birthday party.

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Chris Cornell remembers the band's early days

The music world is still staggering from the sudden death of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell at the age of 52.

The singer formed the band in Seattle in 1984.

He spoke to 6 Music's Matt Everitt about the band's early shows.

"My first gig at a lead singer, I got sick, I had a fever of like 103 so I was sort of delirious and I don't remember much of it but I spent a lot of time crawling around the stage and jumping on people, very little standing and singing normally."

Listen below:

Soundgarden front man Chris Cornell talks to Matt Everitt about the band's early shows.

Jimmy Page says Chris Cornell will be 'incredibly missed'

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Led Zeppelin guitar legend Jimmy Page has called Chris Cornell "incredibly talented" in a moving tribute to the singer, who has died aged 52.

All Time Low's Alex Gaskarth called him simply "one of the best".

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James Corden to return as Grammys host

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Some other news now and James Corden is back... as the host of next year's Grammys.

The British Late Late Show host took the reins at the biggest night in US music for the first time three months ago.

CBS has announced he will be invited back to lead the ceremony in 2018 as it returns to New York City for the first time since 2003, at Madison Square Garden on Sunday 28 January.

Way to go James...

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LA nightclub tribute to Chris Cornell

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The Viper Room nightclub in Sunset Strip, Hollywood have paid the above tribute to the former Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman.

Review: Flyying Colours at The Islington

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Over the past few years we've seen a flurry of top Aussie guitar talent explode all over the psych rock scene, with Tame Impala leading the charge and Pond and the ludicrously-named King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard not far behind.

Now a new name for that list: Flyying Colours.

The Melbourne band boast all the relevant shoegaze credentials from dreamy perfect psych pop melodies to a purposefully mis-spelt name.

The spirit of the early Verve was alive and well in support band, Portsmouth psych rockers Is Bliss.

Then, lashings of feedback were poured over the Aussie band's hypnotic pop/rock tunes like Running Late, Long Holiday and Wavy Gravy - creating a warm fuzzy feeling inside The Islington pub in North London, on an otherwise miserable spring evening.

Fans of Slowdive, Ride, My Bloody Valentine, Nirvana and the Jesus and Mary chain will love this lot.

Go and see them and stare at your shoes or just lie on your bed and be hypothesized.

Whatever you do remember the name - even if they can't spell it.

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Royal Albert Hall mourn 'legendary' Chris Cornell

The Royal Albert Hall in London joined the list of organisations and people paying tribute to Chris Cornell.

The singer played a sold-out acoustic gig at the venue last year.

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Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach said he had "tears in his eyes" while fans at the singer's final gig in Detroit have also taken to social media to share their thoughts.

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More tributes to Chris Cornell

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More tributes are being added to social media after the shock announcement of the death of Soundgarden's Chris Cornell on Wednesday night at the age of 52.

No cause of death yet but the band had just played a gig in Detroit.

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The singer fronted the rock supergroup Audioslave too, alongside Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk.

He also recorded the theme to Casino Royale, Daniel Craig's first outing as James Bond.

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Listen below to 6 Music breakfast DJ Shaun Keaveny speaking to Chris about his career in 2012.

Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden, chats to Shaun Keaveny.

Countdown to the Ivor Novello Awards

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Bob Geldof and Midge Ure win Best Selling UK Single for Do They Know It's Christmas? in 2005.

If you're a pop, rock or rap star then you probably want a Grammy, Brit or Mercury award to your name.

If you want to be considered a serous songwriter or composer however, then the Ivor Novello Award is the one you really need on your mantle piece.

London's Grosvenor House hosts the swanky lunchtime event today and we'll bring you updates from the red carpet later and tell you who won what and what they had to say.

Coldplay's dominance of UK radio is highlighted by the fact they are nominated twice in the most performed work category, alongside Adele.

For now check out the nominations below and see who you think is most deserving of the respect of the industry.

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Ivor Novello 2017 nominations

Best song musically and lyrically

  • Black Man in a White World - Michael Kiwanuka
  • Overcome - Laura Mvula
  • Telomere - Mystery Jets

Best contemporary song

  • Lovesick - Mura Masa ft A$AP Rocky
  • Man - Skepta
  • Sexual - Neiked ft Dyo

Most performed work

  • Adventure of a Lifetime - Coldplay
  • Hymn for the Weekend - Coldplay
  • When We Were Young - Adele

Best album

  • Love and Hate - Michael Kiwanuka
  • Skeleton Tree - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
  • The Dreaming Room - Laura Mvula

Best film score

  • High Rise - Clint Mansell
  • Kubo and the Two Strings - Dario Marianelli
  • My Scientology Movie - Dan Jones

Best television soundtrack

  • The Collection - Dominik Scherrer
  • Witness for the Prosecution - Paul Englishby
  • War and Peace - Martin Phipps

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell dies aged 52

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Morning everybody.

We start today with the sad news that Sound Garden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell has died aged 52.

In a statement to CNN, his representative Brian Bumbery said he died on Wednesday calling his death "sudden and unexpected".

He added: "His wife Vicky and family were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing, and they will be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause.

"They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time."

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Soundgarden were a much-loved and highly-influential band on the Seattle music scene, alongside the likes of Pearl Jam and Nirvana.

Dave Navarro of fellow US rockers Jane's Addiction leads the tributes below.

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We'll have more throughout the day.