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Ivor Novellos 2008: Amy Winehouse and Radiohead among winners

Amy Winehouse

Story by Jack Foley

AS WIDELY predicted Amy Winehouse won a prestigious Ivor Novello songwriting award along with Radiohead, Mika and Dave Gilmour.

Winehouse’s song Love Is A Losing Game collected the main prize for best song, although she missed out on the best-selling song award, which went to Beyonce and Shakira’s Beautiful Liar.

The singer did attend the London-based ceremony but turned up late, as the award was being presented to her father. But Mitch said, upon receiving the trophy: “She has asked me to thank the Ivors for being the first to recognise her songwriting talents.”

Other prestigious awards were presented to Radiohead, who took the best album prize for their latest album, In Rainbows, and Mika, who was named songwriter of the year.

Take That’s Shine was named most played song, while Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, of Squeeze, were recognised with the outstanding contribution to British music prize.

A lifetime achievement award was presented to Pink Floyd’s Dave Gilmour and Soul II Soul’s Jazzie B was given the inspiration award.

One of the surprises of the ceremony occurred when Cherry Ghost’s People Help The People was named best contemporary song ahead of Kate Nash’s hotly-tipped Foundations and The Klaxons’ Golden Skans.

And there was also a shock revelation from Phil Collins who, upon picking up his international achievement award, announced that the accolade would mark a “full stop” in his musical career.

The former Genesis drummer and singer, who has since enjoyed global solo success, pledged to continue writing songs but said the time had come for him to step away from the limelight because he had new priorities in the form of his two young sons.

Two further awards were presented for musical achievement in film and TV. Atonement took the coveted best film score, while Oliver Twist triumphed as the best TV soundtrack.

The Ivor Novello awards reward artists for songwriting and composing rather than performing and recording.