The 56th Ivor Novello Awards winners

Benjamin Drew (Plan B) has won three prizes at this year’s Ivor Novello Awards. The Ivors are presented by BASCA in association with PRS for Music.

Now in their The 56th year, the Ivors took place at Grosvenor House in London on 19 May.

Benjamin Drew took home the PRS for Music Most Performed Work prize for She Said, the Album Award for The Defamation of Strickland Banks and the prestigious Songwriter of the Year title which was presented by Sir Elton John.

Legendary composer Stephen Sondheim was given the PRS for Music Special International Award, while the PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music honour went to ‘The Voice’, Free, Bad Company and Queen frontman Paul Rodgers.

Winning publishers included Sony, ATV Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing, SEGA, Faber Music Ltd, BMG Chrysalis and Domino Publishing Company.

The Ivors celebrate, honour and reward excellence in songwriting and composing.  They are presented and judged by the writing community and considered amongst the most important awards for music creators.

Winners of the 56th Ivor Novello Awards

PRS for Music Most Performed Work
Song: She Said
Written by: Eric Appapoulay / Richard Cassell / Benjamin Drew / Tom Wright-Goss
Performed by: Plan B
Published in the UK by: Sony/ATV Music Publishing / Universal Music Publishing

Best Original Video Game Score
Game: Napoleon: Total War
Composed by: Richard Beddow / Richard Birdsall / Ian Livingstone
Developer: The Creative Assembly
Published in the UK by: SEGA

Best Contemporary Song
Song: Pass Out
Written by: Timothy McKenzie / Patrick Okogwu / Marc Williams
Performed by:  Tinie Tempah
Published in the UK by: EMI Music Publishing / Stellar Songs Ltd

Best Television Soundtrack
Broadcast: Any Human Heart
Composed by: Dan Jones
Published in the UK by: Faber Music Ltd / Universal Music Publishing

The Ivors Inspiration Award
Dizzee Rascal

The Ivors Classical Music Award
Michael Nyman

Album Award
Album: The Defamation of Strickland Banks
Written by: Benjamin Drew
Performed by: Plan B
Published in the UK by: Universal Music Publishing

Best Original Film Score
Film: How To Train Your Dragon
Composed by: John Powell
Published in the UK by: BMG Chrysalis

PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music
Paul Rodgers

Best Song Musically and Lyrically
Song: Becoming a Jackal
Written by: Conor O’Brien
Performed by: Villagers
Published in the UK by: Domino Publishing Company

International Achievement
Matthew Bellamy, Dominic Howard & Christopher Wolstenholme (Muse)

Outstanding Song Collection
Steve Winwood

PRS for Music Special International Award
Stephen Sondheim

Songwriter of the Year
Benjamin Drew