LONDON (REUTERS) – Singer Ed Sheeran picked up two prizes at Britain’s Ivor Novello awards on Thursday (May 31), scooping the celebrated Songwriter of the Year prize for a second time whereas grime star Stormzy received within the album class.
The 63rd version of the awards, introduced by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, noticed Lionel Richie and singer-songwriter Billy Bragg additionally honoured.
Sheeran, who received Songwriter of the Year in 2015, was recognised once more with the identical accolade and his chart-topper Shape of You, which he co-wrote, received the award for Most Performed Work.
Grime star Stormzy took the Album Award for Gang Signs & Prayer, a file that additionally triumphed at this yr’s BRIT Awards, whereas rapper Dave’s political Question Time received Best Contemporary Song.
“You’ve got a lot of award shows but Ivor only notices your pen,” Stormzy advised reporters forward of the ceremony, including younger black musicians have been being recognised for his or her work with such nominations.
“Young black artists, just finally getting our dues … but black music is most definitely the most popping thing right now.” Best Song Musically and Lyrically went to rock band Elbow’s Magnificent (She Says).
Bragg was recognised within the Outstanding Contribution to British Music class, singer-songwriter Cathy Dennis was honoured with Outstanding Song Collection and singer Billy Ocean picked up an International Achievement award.
Hello singer Richie was recognised with a Special International Award for his songs which “have left an indelible mark on British music”.