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Ivor Novello Award
The Ivor Novello Awards
The Ivors-Awards.jpg
The Ivors
Awarded forHonouring Excellence in Music Writing
LocationLondon
CountryEngland
Presented byBritish Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors[1]
First awarded1955; 65 years ago (1955)
Websiteivorsacademy.com/awards

The Ivor Novello Awards, named after the entertainer Ivor Novello, are awards for songwriting and composing. They have been presented annually in London by the Ivors Academy (formerly the BASCA) since 1956, and over 1,000 statuettes have been awarded.[1][2]

History

The awards are presented at two annual ceremonies known as The Ivors'[3] and The Ivors Composer Awards.[4]

The Ivors take place each May and, As of 2020, are sponsored by Apple Music.[5] They are recognized worldwide as the major platform for recognising and rewarding Britain and Ireland's songwriting and composing talents.[2] The Ivors remain the only award ceremony in the musical calendar that is not influenced by publishers and record companies, but judged and presented by the writing community.

The Ivors Composer Awards take place each December and are sponsored by PRS for Music.[6] They are broadcast by BBC Radio 3.[7]

The award itself is a solid bronze sculpture of Euterpe, the muse of lyric poetry.[2] It was designed in 1955 by Hazel Underwood.

Award categories

Nominated annual awards

  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically
  • Best Contemporary Song
  • Album Award
  • Best Original Film Score
  • Best Television Soundtrack
  • Best Original Video Game Score

Other annual awards

  • Songwriter of the Year
  • Most Performed Work

Other awards

  • Jazz Award
  • Classical Music Award
  • Inspiration Award
  • Outstanding Song Collection
  • Outstanding Contribution to British Music
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Special International Award
  • BASCA Fellowship
  • Best Dance Single Award
  • International Hit of the Year
  • International Achievement in Musical Theater
  • Jimmy Kennedy Award
  • Best Selling UK Single
  • Best Original Music for a Television/Radio Broadcast
  • Special Award for Songwriting

Trivia

  • In 1964, John Lennon and Paul McCartney received four nominations for Ivors, including two nominations in the same category (as writers of both of the two songs competing for Highest British Sales of 1963), and were also given a Special Award for Outstanding Services to British Music.[8]
  • Lynsey de Paul became the first woman to receive an Ivor Award for "Won't Somebody Dance With Me" (The Best Ballad or Romantic Song) in 1974[9] and she went on to win another Ivor a year later for her TV theme song "No Honestly"[10]
  • In 1976, 10cc musicians Graham Gouldman and Eric Stewart achieved three awards for writing "I'm Not in Love" when it won them the Ivors for Most Performed British Work, for Best Pop Song, and for International Hit of the Year.[11]
  • In 2008, Amy Winehouse received three nominations for Ivors, including two nominations in the same category (for Best Song Musically & Lyrically).[12][13]
  • In 2010, an Ivor was awarded for the first time to a video game soundtrack, the PS3 title, Killzone 2, composed by Joris de Man.[14]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Ivor Novello Awards". IvorsAcademy.com. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Ivor Novello award found in scrapyard". BBC News. Bbc.co.uk. 4 June 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  3. ^ "The Ivors". The Ivors Academy.
  4. ^ "The Ivors Composer Awards". The Ivors Academy.
  5. ^ "Apple Music to partner with The Ivors Academy for Ivors 2020". www.musicweek.com.
  6. ^ "Winners announced for The Ivors Composer Awards 2019". www.prsformusic.com.
  7. ^ "The Ivors Composer Awards". Music Publishers Association.
  8. ^ "The Ivors 1964". IvorsAcademy.com. BASCA. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ "The Ivors 1974". IvorsAcademy.com. BASCA. Retrieved 2019.
  10. ^ "The Ivors 1975". IvorsAcademy.com. BASCA. Retrieved 2019.
  11. ^ "The Ivors 1976". IvorsAcademy.com. BASCA. Retrieved 2019.
  12. ^ "The Ivors 2008". IvorsAcademy.com. BASCA. Retrieved 2019.
  13. ^ "'Amy Winehouse' up for three coveted Ivor Novellos". The Mirror. 21 April 2008. Retrieved 2015.
  14. ^ "'Killzone 2' awarded Ivor Novello". Gaming News. Digital Spy. 23 May 2013. Retrieved 2013.

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