2010 Ivor Novello Award Winners

The 55th annual Ivor Novello Awards ceremony was held at a prestigious event in London on 20 May 2010. These awards are internationally recognized and are hosted in conjunction with the PRS by the BASCA. British musicians and writers are honored by the Ivor Novello Awards for their valuable contribution to the music industry. Composers and songwriters, who are often behind the scenes, enjoy their moment in the spotlight, having the recognition they so richly deserve bestowed on them. This year Lily Allen was the star of the show, walking away with no less than three Ivor Novello Awards.

The song The Fear was written by Greg Kurstin and Lily Allen, and is also performed by her. This song won Lily Allen the PRS For Music Most Performed Work, and together with Greg Kurstin, she was awarded the Song Writers of the Year Award. The Fear also struck all the right cords for this award winning artist, as she was given the Best Song Musically and Lyrically award as well. Other winners included the Desperate Romantics broadcast, which was written by Daniel Pemberton and won the Best Television Soundtrack. The Best Contemporary Song was awarded to the song Daniel, written by Natasha Khan and performed by Bat For Lashes. Johnny Marr won the Ivors Inspiration Award, and Best Original Video Game Score was given to Killzone 2. The score for Killzone 2 was written by Joris de Man and is a victory for the video game industry, as it is the first time in the history of the Ivor Novello Awards that the video gaming industry has been recognized.

The Ivors Classical Music Award went to Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, while the Sunny Side Up album, written by Paolo Nutini, won the Album Award. Imogen Heap took the International Achievement Award, and Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs was awarded the Best Original Filmscore, which was composed by John Powell. The Academy Fellowship Award was presented to Sir Tim Rice; Trevor Horn won the PRS For Music Outstanding Contribution To British Music; and the Special International Award was taken home by Neil Sedaka. A Lifetime Achievement Award was also presented to Paul Weller. With so many deserving artists and songwriters excelling at the 2010 Ivor Novello Awards, many fans cannot wait to find out if their favorites will make it to the ceremony next year.