Friday, May 25, 2007

Winehouse: I've an Ivor

The Ivors, described by BBC News as "considered among the most prestigious awards in British music" - right up there with the Little Rissington Battle of the Bands and the TV Hits Readers Poll - have given out their prizes.

The winners, as ever, in full, then:

BEST SONG MUSICALLY & LYRICALLY

Elusive

Writer: Scott Matthews

Performed By: Scott Matthews

UK Publisher: Universal Music Publishing


BEST CONTEMPORARY SONG


Rehab

Writer: Amy Winehouse

Performed By: Amy Winehouse

UK Publisher: EMI Music Publishing



BEST ORIGINAL FILM SCORE

Ice Age The Meltdown

Composer: John Powell

UK Publisher: EMI Music Publishing



BEST TELEVISION SOUNDTRACK

Broadcast: The Virgin Queen

Composer: Martin Phipps

UK Publisher: BDi Music Limited




PRS MOST PERFORMED WORK

I Don’t Feel Like Dancin'

Writers: Sir Elton John / Scott Hoffman / Jason Sellards

Performed By: Scissor Sisters

UK Publisher: HST Management Ltd / Universal Music Publishing / EMI Music Publishing



INTERNATIONAL HIT OF THE YEAR

Sorry

Writers: Madonna / Stuart Price

Performed By: Madonna

UK Publisher: Warner Chappell Music


BEST SELLING UK SINGLE

A Moment Like This

Writer/s: John Reid / Jorgen Eloffson

Performed By: Leona Lewis

UK Publisher: BMG Music Publishing Ltd / Sony/ATV Music



ALBUM AWARD: Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not

OUTSTANDING SONG COLLECTION: Yusuf Islam

THE IVORS CLASSICAL MUSIC AWARD: John Rutter

PRS OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO BRITISH MUSIC: Norman Cook

SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR: The Feeling

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: Peter Gabriel

THE SPECIAL INTERNATIONAL AWARD: Quincy Jones

THE ACADEMY FELLOWSHIP: George Fenton

Nice to see George Fenton - who combined his soundtrack work with a spell as Martin Gimbell in Emmerdale Farm - get an award; and it's slightly surprising to see Scott Matthews, who we'd assumed was there purely in a making-up-the-numbers capacity take "best song musically and lyrically". Winehouse cut short her not-actually-a-honeymoon to pick up her award for the "not actually any good musically or lyrically, presumably" contemporary song, while Jake Shears thanked Elton for his help:

"This is really special. I want to give a big shout out and thank you to Elton.

"About 18 months ago, I was so depressed and Elton was doing nothing short of tap dancing and pulling my eyeballs out to make me feel better. Elton came into the studio and we wrote the song.

"This is a great day to feel not just like a colleague of Elton's but to call him a friend too."

We're not entirely sure how having your eyeballs pulled would make you feel better - although if Elton John was tap-dancing in front of us it might seem a better option.

Meanwhile, Elton John seems to be lining up Alex Turner's eyeballs next:
"Alex, I'm off to Sheffield in the helicopter right after if you fancy a lift."

Dan Gillespie of The Feeling seemed relaxed picking up a prize amongst such august company:
"I normally get very embarrassed by awards ceremonies because you don't go into music to be in competition with people.

"The Ivors are a bit different because there is more of a sense of fellowship, like a weird club. And that's right up my street."

The tragedy of the evening? Poor Amy spent it dry:
"Thank you all very much, I didn't even have time to get drunk, I've only been here about 15 minutes."

Perhaps her handlers have finally got a technique.


1 comment:

Robin Carmody said...

Good grief, the whole thing is extraordinary. Not extraordinarily good or bad, just extraordinary.

Well, actually it can be extraordinarily bad. Like when they take The Feeling seriously, or what passes for it with them.

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