Ed Sheeran collected two prizes at Britain’s Ivor Novello awards on Thursday, shovelling the esteemed Songwriter of the Year prize for a second time while grime star Stormzy won in the album category.
The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors bestowed the sixty-third edition of the awards upon Lionel Richie and singer-songwriter Billy Bragg.
Sheeran, who won Songwriter of the Year in 2015, was acknowledged again with the same honour and his chart-topper “Shape of You”, which he co-wrote, won the Most Performed Work award.
Grime star Stormzy received the Album Award for “Gang, Signs and Prayer”, a record that also won at this year’s BRIT Awards, while rapper Dave’s political “Question Time” won Best Contemporary Song.
“You’ve got a lot of award shows but Ivor only notices your pen,” Stormzy told reporters ahead of the ceremony, adding young black musicians were being recognized for their 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 Lyrically and Musically won by rock band Elbow’s “Magnificent (She Says)”.
Bragg was acknowledged for Outstanding Contribution to British Music category, singer-songwriter Cathy Dennis was conferred with Outstanding Song Collection and singer Billy Ocean won an International Achievement Award.
“Hello” singer Richie was bestowed with a Special International Award for his songs which “have left an indelible mark on British music”.