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Ivor Novellos 2014: London Grammar and Christine McVie honoured

Story by Jack Foley

FLEETWOOD Mac’s Christine McVie and alt-pop trio London Grammar were among the winners at this year’s Ivor Novello songwriting awards.

McVie, who confirmed at the ceremony that she had rejoined Fleetwood Mac after a 15-year absence, had previously spent 28 years with the band, during which she wrote some of their most famous songs, including Don’t Stop and Little Lies.

She also revealed that they were in the process of writing a new album together, which they expect to record ready for release next year (2015).

London Grammar, meanwhile, won their award for best song musically and lyrically for Strong, beating John Newman and Palma Violets to the accolade.

Other award winners include last year’s Mercury Prize winner James Blake, who received the best contemporary song trophy for Retrograde, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, who took the coveted best album award went to Push The Sky Away.

Tom Odell was named songwriter of the year, while Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons, aka The Chemical Brothers, were honoured for outstanding song collection.

The award for international achievement, meanwhile, went to folk rockers Mumford and Sons, while Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page presented the award for outstanding contribution to British music to guitarist Jeff Beck.

And The Specials founder Jerry Dammer won the inspiration award, while American musician and producer Nile Rodgers was honoured with a special international award.

The awards, now in their 59th year, are voted for by songwriters and were presented at a ceremony in London on Wednesday, May 21.