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Skepta named Songwriter Of The Year at The Ivors

By | Published on Friday 19 May 2017

It was the Ivor Novello Awards yesterday, the annual prize-giving ceremony for songwriters deemed to be right good at writing songs. Among them this year was Skepta, who took home the Best Contemporary Song and Songwriter Of The Year trophies.

Commenting, BASCA chair Crispin Hunt said: “In celebrating the exceptional power of British and Irish music writing and by honouring the past, the present and the eternal creators of music – once again this year, The Ivors absolutely smashed it. BASCA’s heartfelt congratulations go out to every winning composer. Whether you wrote songs, symphonies or syncs – we salute you”.

Commenting on Skepta’s big win, the CEO of his publisher Warner/Chappell Jon Platt said in a statement: “Skepta is a groundbreaking songwriter, and we’re THRILLED to see his exceptional talent acknowledged with two of The Ivors’ biggest honours. This is also a great moment for Amber Davis, the A&R executive who had the vision to support the grime community very early on, and bring many of its leading lights to Warner/Chappell”.

Here are all the winners in full:

Best Song Musically And Lyrically: Black Man In A White World, written by Dean ‘Inflo’ Josiah Cover and Michael Kiwanuka

Best Contemporary Song: Man, written by Skepta and Josh Homme

Album Award: The Dreaming Room, written by Laura Mvula

Most Performed Work: Hymn For The Weekend, written by Coldplay

Best Original Film Score: Kubo And The Two Strings, composed by Dario Marianelli

Best Television Soundtrack: War And Peace, composed by Martin Phipps

International Achievement: Florence Welch

Lifetime Achievement: Nitin Sawhney

Outstanding Song Collection: Pulp

Outstanding Contribution To British Music: Anne Dudley

Special International Award: Bill Withers

Songwriter Of The Year: Skepta

The Ivors Jazz Award: John Surman

The Ivors Inspiration Award: Gary Numan