LONDON — British rock group Coldplay took top kudos Thursday at the Ivor Novello Awards, Blighty’s prestigious songwriting competish presented by the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters in association with the Performing Right Society.
Coldplay was awarded Songwriters of the Year at the event held at Le Meridien Grosvenor House in London. The group has been hugely successful both in the U.K. and internationally with their second album “A Rush of Blood to the Head,” which has sold more than 1 million copies in the U.S. and won two Grammy awards.
But The Streets, one of the top acts of last year, clinched Best Contemporary Song with “Weak Become Heroes” despite stiff competish from Coldplay’s “In My Place.” Miss Dynamite’s debut single “It Takes More” also was vying for this award.
David Gray went up against Oasis songwriter Noel Gallagher to win best song for “The Other Side”; former Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry was acknowledged for his outstanding contribution to British music and U2 was given a special honor for their song collection.
The international hit of the year was awarded to Canadian singer Avril Lavigne, who beat Robbie Williams’ “Feel” and U2’s “Electric Storm” with “Complicated.” UB40 gained recognition for their international achievements while Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys was given a Special International award.
Songwriters of the Year
Guy Berryman, Jonathan Buckland, William Champion, Christopher Martin (Coldplay)
Best Song Musically And Lyrically
“The Other Side,” written by David Gray, performed by David Gray, U.K. publisher: Chrysalis Music
Best Contemporary Song
“Weak Becomes Heroes,” written by Michael Skinner, performed by The Streets, U.K. publisher: Universal Music Publishing/Pure Groove Music
Best Original Music For Television
“Feltham Sings,” composed by Dextrous & Simon Armitage, U.K. publisher: Stage 1000
The Ivors Dance Award
“Lazy,” written by Ashley Beedle, Darren House, Darren Rock & David Byrne, performed by X-Press 2, U.K. publisher: Chrysalis Music Publishing/BMG Music Publishing/Warner/Chappell Music, Record Company: Skint Records
Best Original Film Score
“The Quiet American,” composed by Craig Armstrong, U.K. publisher: EMI Music Publishing
The Ivors Classical Music Award
“Boots of Lead,” composed by Simon Holt, U.K. publisher: Chester Music, conducted by Sire Simon Rattle
Most Performed Work
“Just A Little,” written by Michelle Escoffery, John Hammond Hagan & George Hammond Hagan, performed by Liberty X, U.K. publisher: EMI Music Publishing/Big Life Music
International Hit of the Year
“Complicated,” written by Lauren Christy, David Alspach, Graham Edwards and Avril Lavigne, performed by Avril Lavigne, U.K. publisher: Rondor Music/Warner/Chappell Music
Best Selling U.K. Single
“Anything Is Possible,” written by Cathy Dennis & Chris Braide, performed by Will Young, U.K. publisher: EMI Music Publishing/Warner/Chappell Music, Record company: S Records
Astro, Ali Campbell, Brian Travers, Earl Falconer, Norman Hassan, Michael Virtue, James Brown, Robin Campbell (UB40)
PRS Outstanding Contribution to British Music
Outstanding Song Collection
Special International Award