Emeli Sande biggest winner at 58th Ivor Novello awards

Emeli Sande's hit Next to Me wins awards for songwriting and composing at this year's Ivors

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It often felt as if Emeli Sande's hit Next to Me was on, no matter where you were, for much of last year, and it achieved more exposure on Thursday when it picked up two of the most prestigious songwriting awards.

The song was the biggest winner at the 58th Ivor Novello awards handed out in London, winning the coveted best song musically and lyrically award from a shortlist that also included Jake Bugg's Two Fingers and Bat for Lashes's Laura; and the most performed work award.

Sande, who was absent from the awards – in the US preparing for performances at the White House and on American Idol - originally wrote the song in her bedroom, but by its release there were four credited writers.

The awards, known as Ivors, are highly prized in the industry and there were cheers as the songwriter of the year award went to Calvin Harris who last year worked with and wrote for the likes of Rihanna, Florence Welch, Ne-Yo, Example and Cheryl Cole.

The award was presented by Pete Tong who said: "I think the fact is that DJs and the writers of dance and electronic music never truly believed they belonged in this room. I'm happy to say that changes. We've got a role model now."

Harris joked he would keep his speech like his lyrics, "brief and repetitive", but he was genuinely moved by the award. "To be honest I can't believe I was even let in the door of this whole ceremony … [the award] is easily the greatest achievement of my entire life."

Other prizes for 2012 songs included The Maccabees' Pelican, winning best contemporary song over Plan B's Ill Manors and alt-J's Fitzpleasure; and alt-J's An Awesome Wave winning best album - adding to their Mercury Prize - beating Ben Howard and Lianne La Havas.

The Novellos this year rewarded some of the greatest British songwriters with special awards for artists including Marc Almond, Noel Gallagher, Gavin Rossdale and Justin Hayward. Almond won the inspiration award and said it was "one of the greatest awards you can give an artist". He said he was touched and honoured and thanked "the many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many record labels I've been on … we got there in the end".

Gallagher, who told the NME on the way in that he was there because "clowns like One Direction aren't invited," won an outstanding song collection award. He made numerous thanks including "my publishers, who I've only just met after 20 years. That's Sony apparently. They're all right, all right - caning it."

He dedicated the award to his wife Sarah and said they had a conversation recently about converting the garage in to a "creative space" to write songs.

To laughter he said: "She said to me 'I've never seen you writing songs,'" before brandishing his trophy - "If any more proof were needed."

Chris Martin of Coldplay presented an international achievement award to Rossdale, the driving force behind Bush, one of those rare British bands who made it big in the US, but less so the UK.

And Marty Wilde gave the PRS for Music award for outstanding achievement to Hayward, The Moody Blues singer responsible for classics such as Nights in White Satin.

The Belize-born British composer Errollyn Wallen, whose work featured in the Paralympics opening ceremony last year won the classical music award; Dario Marianelli won best original film score for Anna Karenina; and John Harle won the best television soundtrack prize for a BBC2 documentary on Lucian Freud.

The final award of the ceremony, given by Peter Gabriel, went to Randy Newman, who received a special international award for a back catalogue as long as your arm and a career that has included numerous films, including the Toy Story trilogy and Monsters Inc.


Mark Brown, arts correspondent

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