Ivor Novello Awards

Rapper Dave wins Ivor Novello for political anthem

Dave (left) and Fraser T Smith
Dave (left) and co-writer Fraser T Smith won best contemporary song

London rapper Dave's political anthem Question Time, which rages about everything from Grenfell Tower to Syria and the NHS, has won a top prize at the Ivor Novello songwriting awards.

The seven-minute track was named best contemporary song at the ceremony.

Fellow rapper Stormzy, who famously criticised the handling of Grenfell at the Brit Awards, won the album prize.

Ed Sheeran picked up two awards - songwriter of the year and most performed work for Shape of You.


Ivor Novellos: 'True songwriter' Shane MacGowan handed inspiration award

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The legendary Irish folk rocker arrived on stage - pushed in a wheelchair - to loud cheers all around.

During a slightly mumbled speech he humbly raised a glass to his old band The Pogues.

"I'm just the band leader and a songwriter".

The award panel clearly believe that Shane is much more than that.

Ivor Novellos: Stormzy dedicates best album win to 'brother' Ed


The grime superstar can now add an Ivor to his Brit Award for debut Gang Signs & Prayer.

"Yesssss!" beamed the rapper.

"Very, very, very, happy right now!"

The MC beat Everything Everything's A Fever Dream and Moonshine Freeze by This is the Kit.

He gave the second big-up of the night to producer Fraser T Smith and also "my brother" Ed Sheeran.

"Randomly even though he's not on the album... that's someone who I'm always striving to be like... that's my benchmark.

"Every song I write I'm like 'would Ed do that?'

"That's my brother."

He signed off with a personal message for Ed on the front row.

"You got a songwriter [award] but I'm coming for you next year my boy!"

Aw, you guys...

But wait a minute, Ed didn't win that y... ahhh.

Ivor Novellos: A third Ivor award for composer Dan Jones

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Composer Dan Jones accepted his third Ivor award, as the haunting soundtrack for the BBC adaptation of Jessie Burton's novel played out around the room.

It's Dan's third Ivor win after previous victorious with the soundtracks to Max and Any Human Heart.

You can hear some of his latest award-winning music below.

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Ivor Novellos: Best video game score goes to Horizon Zero Dawn

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Not an award you hear about traditionally but don't underestimate the power of getting your music on a good computer game.

Gamers don't only stay indoors staring at screens, they often love music too.

The award has gone to action role-play game Horizon Zero Dawn, composed by Joris de Man, Joe Henson and Alexis Smith.

Joris de Man, Joe Henson and Alexis Smith

Their speech gave us our first shout to all the wives and partners.

Behind every great computer game soundtrack man is a good woman, as the old saying goes.

Check it out below.

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Ivor Novellos: Magnificent Elbow take home an award


One of the big ones of the afternoon too.

When he's not busy cleaning the underneath of his motorbike in the finale of Peter Kay's Car Share, Guy Garvey (above, centre) and his pals are pretty adept at writing a powerful chorus.

His band's Magnificent (She Says) has just beaten Mercury-winning Sampha's (No One Knows Me) Like the Piano and the Everything Everything track Can't Do to the award for best song - lyrically and musically.

I mean, what else is there in a song?

Guy confessed to their award presenter Mel C; "We used to have a poster of you in our flat Mel.

"And me and [bandmate] Pete both fancied you the most... an award in itself."

Pete (l) and Mark try not to stand too close to Guy

Apparently the music to the track was written by the band while Guy was away on honeymoon.

He revealed that he returned to add his vocals after he and his wife had conceived their first child on the trip.

"First time!," boasted the proud Mancunian singer, drink in hand.

"Just saying!"


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