LONDON (CelebrityAccess) — British rap artist Stormzy led the way at the 63rd Ivor Novello Awards on Thursday, taking top honors for Album Award for his debut “Gang Signs & Prayer.”
Ed Sheeran, unsurprisingly, cleaned up as well, taking home prizes for Songwriter of the Year, and Most Performed Work for his hit “Shape of You.”
Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan was presented with the Ivors Inspiration Award, which is intended to recognize the recipient’s ability to use songwriting to inspire others.
Billy Bragg won the award for PRS For Music’s Outstanding Contribution to British Music, while Billy Ocean won the prize for International Achievement.
Hosted by Paul Gambaccini, the awards took place at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, in downtown London. The Ivors are presented by BASCA in association with PRS for Music.
PRS FOR MUSIC MOST PERFORMED WORK
Compiled and title sponsored by The Ivors, sponsor this award credits the song that received the most broadcast, online and general performance in the UK during 2017.
Shape of You
Written by Steve Mac, Johnny McDaid and Ed Sheeran
Published in the UK by Rokstone Music – Universal Music Publishing, Spirit B-Unique – Polar Patrol and
Ed Sheeran Limited – Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Ltd
BEST ORIGINAL FILM SCORE
Recognising outstanding original composition for a feature film, this year’s judges described the winning score as an uncompromising, brave and definitive part of an extraordinary film.
Composed by Mica Levi
Published in the UK by Beggars Music
Presented to Billy Ocean, in recognition of the excellence, and international success, of this song catalogue.
BEST CONTEMPORARY SONG
This award recognizes outstanding originality in songwriting and this year’s judges felt the winning song captures the personal and political landscape and in particular, they praised the truth and execution of the lyrics.
Written by Dave and Fraser T Smith
Published in the UK by Warner/Chappell Music Ltd and Kobalt Music Publishing
THE IVORS CLASSICAL MUSIC AWARD
Presented to Thea Musgrave, in recognition of an outstanding body of work in the classical genre.
BEST ORIGINAL VIDEO GAME SCORE
Recognising outstanding composition for a video game, this year’s judges felt that the winning score had an impressive scope, depth and attention to detail whilst retaining sensitivity to the emotional content.
Horizon Zero Dawn
Composed by Joris de Man, Joe Henson, and Alexis Smith
BEST SONG MUSICALLY AND LYRICALLY
Recognising excellence in songwriting craft, this year’s judges said that the winning song succeeded structurally, musically and with heartfelt, beautiful imagery.
Magnificent (She Says)
Written by Guy Garvey, Craig Potter, Mark Potter and Pete Turner
Published in the UK by Salvation Music Ltd – Warner/Chappell Music Publishing Ltd
PRS FOR MUSIC OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO BRITISH MUSIC
Presented to Billy Bragg, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to British Music.
BEST TELEVISION SOUNDTRACK
Recognising outstanding, original composition for a television programme, the judges said the winning work was exquisitely composed with exceptional attention to detail.
Composed by Dan Jones
Published in the UK by Faber Music and Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Ltd
This award recognizes exceptional songwriting and consistency across an album as a whole. The judges described the winning album as an astonishing open-hearted body of work that fully captures the spirit of 2017.
Gang Signs & Prayer
Written by Michael ‘Stormzy’ Omari
Published in the UK by Warner/Chappell Music Ltd
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
Presented to a British or Irish songwriter who has released an exceptional body of work during the award year, the Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year 2017 was presented to Ed Sheeran.
THE IVORS INSPIRATION AWARD
Presented to Shane MacGowan in recognition of the power of his songwriting to inspire the creative talents of others.
OUTSTANDING SONG COLLECTION
Presented to songwriter Cathy Dennis in recognition of her outstanding body of work.
PRS FOR MUSIC SPECIAL INTERNATIONAL AWARD
The only Ivor Novello Award independently presented to an international writer, the PRS for Music Special International Award recognizes a songwriter whose work has left an indelible mark on British music. It was presented to Lionel Richie.