EMI Music Publishing songwriters win top honours at the 52nd Ivor Novello Awards
London, 24th May 2007
EMI Music Publishing songwriters dominated this year’s Ivor Novello Awards, winning 6 out of 15 awards, including Songwriters of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Contemporary Song and the Outstanding Song Collection.
The Ivor Novello Awards, which recognise the cream of British and international songwriters and composers, were presented earlier today at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House hotel in London. EMI Music Publishing writers The Feeling, Arctic Monkeys, Amy Winehouse, Yusuf Islam and John Powell all won awards at the event, which is one of the most prestigious songwriting awards in the world.
EMI Music Publishing managing director Guy Moot commented: “Everybody at EMI Music Publishing is very proud to see our songwriters receive such well-deserved recognition for their hard work and creative success. Music and great songs remain the foundation on which everything is built in this rapidly changing digital world, and we are privileged to work with such a talented group of writers.”
The Feeling picked up the prestigious Songwriters of the Year award, following the success of the five piece band’s self-penned double platinum debut album Twelve Stops And Home. The songs Sewn, Fill My Little World and Never Be Lonely all reached the UK Top 10, and were among the most played tracks on British radio in 2006.
Having already won the 2006 Mercury Music Prize and this year’s Brit Award for Best British Album, the Arctic Monkey’s debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not picked up Album Of The Year to give the Sheffield-based band their first Ivor Novello award. The album, which featured songs including I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor and When The Sun Goes Down, last year became the fastest selling debut album in British music history. Their current album Favourite Worst Nightmare went straight into the US charts at number 7 earlier this month.
Amy Winehouse won the Ivor Novello award for Best Contemporary Song, with her UK top 10 hit Rehab from the album Back To Black. The song helped Winehouse’s second album reach the top of the charts in the UK, as well as a debut in the top 10 in the US earlier this year.
The Scissor Sisters received the PRS Most Performed Work award with the song I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’. The song, which was co-written by Sir Elton John, became the band’s first UK number one in September last year.
John Powell who picked up Best Original Film Score for Ice Age 2: The Meltdown, while Yusuf Islam received the Outstanding Song Collection award to mark more than forty years of songwriting. As Cat Stevens, he sold more than 60 million albums worldwide, and achieved hits with songs including Wild World, Father And Son, Lady D’Arbanville and Matthew And Son. In November last year, Yusuf Islam released An Other Cup, his first all-new pop album since 1978.
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