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@OfficialAdele crowned Songwriter of the Year at 57th Ivor Novello Awards @TheIvors

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The 57th Ivor Novello Awards took place this afternoon (May 17th, 2012) at the Grosvenor House, London.

The Ivor Novello Awards celebrate, honour and reward excellence in songwriting and composing.  The Awards are highly regarded and sought after in the music industry, as they are presented and judged by the writing community.

The winners were as follows:

BEST SONG MUSICALLY & LYRICALLY

Nominees

Song: ‘Rolling In The Deep’  Written by: Adele Adkins / Paul Epworth   Performed by: Adele    UK Publishers: Universal Music Publishing / EMI Music Publishing

Song: ‘Shake It Out’  Written by: Paul Epworth / Kid Harpoon / Florence Welch   Performed by: Florence + The Machine    UK Publishers: EMI Music Publishing / Universal Music Publishing

Song: ‘The A Team’  Written & Performed by: Ed Sheeran    UK Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing

WINNER – ‘The A Team’  Written & Performed by: Ed Sheeran    UK Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing

BEST CONTEMPORARY SONG

Nominees

Song: Promises’  Written by: Joseph Ray / Daniel Stephens / Alana Watson   Performed by: Nero    UK Publisher: EMI Music Publishing

Song: ‘The Wilhelm Scream’  Written by: James Blake / James Litherland   Performed by: James Blake    UK Publisher: Universal Music Publishing

Song: ‘Video Games’  Written by: Lana Del Rey / Justin Parker   Performed by: Lana Del Rey    UK Publishers: EMI Music Publishing / Sony/ATV Music Publishing

WINNER – ‘Video Games’  Written by: Lana Del Rey / Justin Parker   Performed by: Lana Del Rey    UK Publishers: EMI Music Publishing / Sony/ATV Music Publishing

BEST ORIGINAL FILM SCORE

Nominees

Film: Life In A Day   Composed by: Harry Gregson-Williams / Matthew Herbert     UK Publishers: Wavecrest Music, Inc. / Bucks Music Group

Film: The First Grader   Composed by: Alex Heffes     UK Publishers: Fintage Publishing BV / Resonant Music (1) Limited Partners

Film: We Need To Talk About Kevin   Composed by: Jonny Greenwood     UK Publisher: Warner/Chappell Music

WINNER – The First Grader   Composed by: Alex Heffes     UK Publishers: Fintage Publishing BV / Resonant Music (1) Limited Partners

BEST TELEVISION SOUNDTRACK

Nominees

Broadcast: Leonardo    Composed by: Mark Russell     UK Publisher: Bucks Music Group

Broadcast: Page Eight    Composed by: Paul Englishby UK Publishers: Carnival Film & Television Ltd / Universal Music Publishing

Broadcast: The Shadow Line   Composed by: Martin Phipps  UK Publishers: Du Vinage Publishing Ltd

WINNER – The Shadow Line   Composed by: Martin Phipps  UK Publishers: Du Vinage Publishing Ltd

PRS FOR MUSIC MOST PERFORMED WORK

Nominees

Song: ‘Rolling In The Deep’   Written by: Adele Adkins / Paul Epworth   Performed by: Adele     UK Publishers: Universal Music Publishing / EMI Music Publishing

Song: ‘Someone Like You’  Written by: Adele Adkins / Dan Wilson   Performed by: Adele     UK Publishers: Universal Music Publishing / BMG Chrysalis

Song: The Flood’   Written by: Gary Barlow / Howard Donald / Jason Orange / Mark Owen / Robbie Williams   Performed by: Take That    UK Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing / EMI Music Publishing / Universal Music Publishing / Farrell Music Ltd

WINNER – ‘Rolling In The Deep’   Written by: Adele Adkins / Paul Epworth   Performed by: Adele     UK Publishers: Universal Music Publishing / EMI Music Publishing

ALBUM AWARD

Nominees

Album: 21′  Written by: Adele Adkins / Paul Epworth   Performed by: Adele     UK Publishers: Universal Music Publishing / EMI Music Publishing

Album: ‘50 Words For Snow’  Written & Performed by: Kate Bush  UK Publishers: EMI Music Publishing / Noble & Brite

Album: ‘Let England Shake’  Written & Performed by: PJ Harvey    UK Publishers: EMI Music Publishing / Hot Head Music

WINNER – ‘Let England Shake’  Written & Performed by: PJ Harvey     UK Publishers: EMI Music Publishing / Hot Head Music

 

The Ivors also honour individuals with awards recognising their contribution to British music.  The following awards were presented this afternoon:

Lifetime Achievement – Mark Knopfler

Outstanding Song Collection – Gary Kemp

PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music – Take That

PRS for Music Special International Award – Jimmy Webb

Songwriter(s) of the Year – Adele

The Ivors Jazz Award – Stan Tracey

The Ivors Inspiration Award – Siouxsie Soux

A BASCA Fellowship was awarded to Andrew Lloyd Webber.

www.theivors.com

shelleyhanveywriter 🙂

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May 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Female-friendly shortlist announced today for The 57th Ivor Novello Awards @TheIvors

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A female-friendly shortlist has been announced today for The 57th Ivor Novello Awards, due to be held in London on May 17th, 2012.

The Ivor Novello Awards celebrate, honour and reward excellence in songwriting and composing.  The Awards are highly regarded and sought after in the music industry, as they are presented and judged by the writing community.

The shortlist is as follows:

BEST SONG MUSICALLY & LYRICALLY

Song: ‘Rolling In The Deep’   Written by: Adele Adkins / Paul Epworth   Performed by: Adele     UK Publishers: Universal Music Publishing / EMI Music Publishing

Song: ‘Shake It Out’   Written by: Paul Epworth / Kid Harpoon / Florence Welch   Performed by: Florence + The Machine     UK Publishers: EMI Music Publishing / Universal Music Publishing

Song: ‘The A Team’   Written & Performed by: Ed Sheeran     UK Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing

BEST CONTEMPORARY SONG

Song: Promises’   Written by: Joseph Ray / Daniel Stephens / Alana Watson   Performed by: Nero     UK Publisher: EMI Music Publishing

Song: ‘The Wilhelm Scream’   Written by: James Blake / James Litherland   Performed by: James Blake     UK Publisher: Universal Music Publishing

Song: ‘Video Games’   Written by: Lana Del Rey / Justin Parker   Performed by: Lana Del Rey     UK Publishers: EMI Music Publishing / Sony/ATV Music Publishing

BEST ORIGINAL FILM SCORE

Film: Life In A Day   Composed by: Harry Gregson-Williams / Matthew Herbert     UK Publishers: Wavecrest Music, Inc. / Bucks Music Group

Film: The First Grader   Composed by: Alex Heffes     UK Publishers: Fintage Publishing BV / Resonant Music (1) Limited Partners

Film: We Need To Talk About Kevin   Composed by: Jonny Greenwood     UK Publisher: Warner/Chappell Music

BEST TELEVISION SOUNDTRACK

Broadcast: Leonardo   Composed by: Mark Russell     UK Publisher: Bucks Music Group

Broadcast: Page Eight   Composed by: Paul Englishby UK Publishers: Carnival Film & Television Ltd / Universal Music Publishing

Broadcast: The Shadow Line   Composed by: Martin Phipps  UK Publishers: Du Vinage Publishing Ltd

PRS FOR MUSIC MOST PERFORMED WORK

Song: ‘Rolling In The Deep’   Written by: Adele Adkins / Paul Epworth   Performed by: Adele     UK Publishers: Universal Music Publishing / EMI Music Publishing

Song: ‘Someone Like You’   Written by: Adele Adkins / Dan Wilson   Performed by: Adele     UK Publishers: Universal Music Publishing / BMG Chrysalis

Song: The Flood’   Written by: Gary Barlow / Howard Donald / Jason Orange / Mark Owen / Robbie Williams   Performed by: Take That     UK Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing / EMI Music Publishing / Universal Music Publishing / Farrell Music Ltd

ALBUM AWARD

Album: 21′   Written by: Adele Adkins / Paul Epworth   Performed by: Adele     UK Publishers: Universal Music Publishing / EMI Music Publishing

Album: ‘50 Words For Snow’   Written & Performed by: Kate Bush   UK Publishers: EMI Music Publishing / Noble & Brite

Album: ‘Let England Shake’   Written & Performed by: PJ Harvey     UK Publishers: EMI Music Publishing / Hot Head Music

The Ivors also honour individuals with awards recognising their contribution to British music.  The following awards will be presented on the day:

Lifetime Achievement / Outstanding Song Collection / PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music / PRS for Music Special International Award / Songwriter(s) of the Year / The Ivors Jazz Award / The Ivors Inspiration Award

A BASCA Fellowship will also be awarded at the 2012 ceremony.

The 57th Ivor Novello Awards will take place on May 17th, 2012 at the Grosvenor House, London.

www.theivors.com

shelleyhanveywriter 🙂

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April 17, 2012 at 3:05 pm

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow…to the last syllable of recorded time @BRIT_Awards

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To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,  To the last syllable of recorded time…

Macbeth Act 5, Scene 5, 19-21

After hearing that his beloved and rather terrifying better half, Lady Macbeth, has died, my favourite of all Shakespeare’s main protagonists discusses his indifference to the event and to the path that his murderous actions have led him on. Macbeth speaks about the mechanical beat of time as it transports him scene to scene, referring to time as a mere sequence of words. Macbeth hyperbolizes this reference to such an extent as to liken his current frame of mind to ‘the last syllable of recorded time’ – I felt much the same after the first couple of minutes of Damon Albarn’s acceptance speech at last night’s 2012 BRIT Awards.

To be fair, Albarn had every right to thank all those colleagues and friends which had helped Blur on their road to success and he did appear most humble. The ill-advised action of cutting the winner of the biggest award of the night, was down to poor time management on behalf of the producers and Adele, understandably, won’t have concerned herself with their excuses.

Just one major surprise of the night for me, which was One Direction claiming the award for Best Single. I’m not sure why I’m surprised really, as the award was voted for by the general public and their fans are evidently loyal, to the death (threats) in some cases.

British Male Solo Artist

Ed Sheeran / James Blake  / James Morrison  / Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds / Professor Green

My tip: Ed Sheeran.

Winner: Ed Sheeran. Sheeran performed his latest single, ‘Lego House’ at the ceremony and was clearly a popular winner with the audience. I had rather hoped to see Ron Weasley sitting beside him on the night, but had to content myself with the great industry unwashed.

British Female Solo Artist

Adele / Florence + the Machine / Jessie J / Kate Bush / Laura Marling

My tip: Adele.

Winner: Adele. Adele performed ‘Rolling In The Deep’ at the ceremony and was cited as the artist which fellow artists and celebrity guests were most looking forward to seeing. I hope Adele remains as down to earth and humble as she appears; if she didn’t it would be completely understandable as her past life is surely barely recognisable in comparison to her new reality. It would be disappointing though, as she appears to be so charming and genuinely awestruck at her achievements.

British Breakthrough Act

Anna Calvi / Ed Sheeran / Emeli Sandé / Jessie J / The Vaccines

My tip: Jessie J.

Winner: Ed Sheeran. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I was disappointed not to see Will Young in the running for Best Male; I’m not sure it ‘fits’ that a winner of British Breakthrough should also be awarded Best Male. To me, Young would have been a worthy and popular winner and Sheeran could rightly have taken this award.

British Group

Arctic Monkeys / Chase & Status / Coldplay / Elbow / Kasabian

My tip: Coldplay.

Winner: Coldplay. No major surprises here. Coldplay also performed live on the night and were enjoyable as always. I realised last night that two of the members of the band look strikingly similar to two of my best friend’s ex-boyfriends…interesting. I think that she is secretely part of some government Coldplay cloning process.

British Single

Adele: ‘Someone Like You’

Ed Sheeran: ‘The A Team’

Example: ‘Changed The Way You Kiss Me’

Jessie J feat B.o.B: ‘Price Tag’

JLS feat Dev: ‘She Makes Me Wanna’

Military Wives and Gareth Malone: ‘Wherever You Are’

Olly Murs feat Rizzle Kicks: ‘Heart Skips A Beat’

One Direction: ‘What Makes You Beautiful’

Pixie Lott: ‘All About Tonight’

The Wanted: ‘Glad You Came’

My tip: Jessie  J. ‘Price Tag’

Winner: One Direction: ‘What Makes You Beautiful’. A catchy track I will admit, sometimes annoyingly so. It was quite touching to see how genuinely surprised the boys were. My favourite is the Irish one, for purely genealogical reasons. His name is irrelevant.

Mastercard British Album Of The Year

Adele: 21 / Coldplay: Mylo Xyloto / Ed Sheeran: + / Florence + the Machine: / Ceremonials / PJ Harvey: Let England Shake

My tip: Ed Sheeran: +

Winner: Adele: 21. I wonder what she was going to say. We may never know…

International Male Solo Artist

Aloe Blacc / Bon Iver / Bruno Mars / David Guetta / Ryan Adams

My tip: Bruno Mars.

Winner: Bruno Mars. Mars may have the whitest teeth I have ever seen on a human being, and the smoothest skin. Yes, I admit it, I have quite the crush on the romantic crooner but did not realise how short he was! I am, however, willing to overlook this.

International Female Solo Artist

Beyoncé / Bjork / Feist / Lady Gaga / Rihanna

My tip: Beyonce.

Winner: Rihanna. Rihanna performed latest single ‘We Found Love’ at the ceremony; I lose track of which is in fact her latest single, there seems to be so many released in quick succession. A popular performer with the audience. I do enjoy a nice sweater dress, but would probably pair it with some lovely knitted aztec leggings before leaving the house.

International Group

Fleet Foxes / Foo Fighters /  Jay Z and Kanye West / Lady Antebellum / Maroon 5

My tip: Jay Z and Kanye West.

Winner: Foo Fighters. The Fighters were not in attendance, which I always find incredibly disappointing and a waste of an award to be honest. With today’s high-tech diarised devices, there really is no excuse for missing a big event. Death, perhaps.

International Breakthrough Act

Aloe Blacc / Bon Iver / Foster The People / Lana Del Rey / Nicki Minaj

My tip: Lana Del Rey.

Winner: Lana Del Rey. Del Rey was rather sweet upon collecting her award and was no doubt pleased to have some positive publicity after recent weeks. I personally don’t see what all the fuss was about Stateside; she’s never going to sing pitch perfect as she has a distinct style which doesn’t necessitate it. She is what I would refer to as an emotalist; a personally coined phrase which I would use to describe a singer who uses her emotions to govern her vocals and as we females well know – that could be highs, then lows, then everything inbetween and in no immediately evident pattern.

shelleyhanveywriter 🙂

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February 22, 2012 at 1:10 pm

BRIT awards; and the nominees are…lacking

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The full list of nominations for this year’s Brit Awards have been announced this week. The always eventful, albeit recently rather predictable ceremony (Laura Marling, aside) will be held at London’s O2 Arena on February 21st, 2012 and will be broadcast live on ITV1. I feel that the event organisers have made one rather startling omission – that of Will Young in the British Male Solo Artist category. For me, Young is the best British male solo artist around and his latest album ‘Echoes’ was typically brilliant, both vocally and creatively. For shame that he has been overlooked in such a way! I greatly doubt that it will have any kind of detrimental impact on Young’s future career or popularity with the British public, but recognition should be paid all the same.

 

The nominees are as follows:

British Male Solo Artist

Ed Sheeran / James Blake  / James Morrison  / Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds / Professor Green

My tip: Ed Sheeran. Sheeran has been enjoying a soaring popularity of late and is very much the ‘in-thing.’ He’s also rather good and deserves to win against the other nominees.

British Female Solo Artist

Adele / Florence + the Machine / Jessie J / Kate Bush / Laura Marling

My tip: Adele. I would like Laura Marling to make it two in as many years, but I don’t think Adele’s star power and recent worldwide record of achievement will be overlooked this year.

British Breakthrough Act

Anna Calvi / Ed Sheeran / Emeli Sandé / Jessie J / The Vaccines

My tip: Jessie J. I enjoy a bit of Jessie J, but am not particularly wowed by this category in all honesty. Apart from Calvi, I find the nominations to be too commercial…not sure what I was expecting here.

British Group

Arctic Monkeys / Chase & Status / Coldplay / Elbow / Kasabian

My tip: Coldplay. I’d have liked to see Snow Patrol here and Noah and the Whale, but I would concede that Coldplay are probably the biggest and most consistently high-achieving band to come out of the UK in recent years.

British Single

Adele: ‘Someone Like You’

Ed Sheeran: ‘The A Team’

Example: ‘Changed The Way You Kiss Me’

Jessie J feat B.o.B: ‘Price Tag’

JLS feat Dev: ‘She Makes Me Wanna’

Military Wives and Gareth Malone: ‘Wherever You Are’

Olly Murs feat Rizzle Kicks: ‘Heart Skips A Beat’

One Direction: ‘What Makes You Beautiful’

Pixie Lott: ‘All About Tonight’

The Wanted: ‘Glad You Came’

My tip: Jessie  J. ‘Price Tag’ would be my favourite of the above tracks, though I am partial to a bit of JLS and I’m not afraid to show it.

Mastercard British Album Of The Year

Adele: 21 / Coldplay: Mylo Xyloto / Ed Sheeran: + / Florence + the Machine: / Ceremonials / PJ Harvey: Let England Shake

My tip: Ed Sheeran. A tough category as record sales would stand some nominees head and shoulders above the rest, but for achievement; both musically and commercially, I would have to say Sheeran.

International Male Solo Artist

Aloe Blacc / Bon Iver / Bruno Mars / David Guetta / Ryan Adams

My tip: Bruno Mars. I like Mars’ style and work, but Bon Iver would be my personal favourite of the bunch. I’d be surprised if he were to be acknowledged in this setting though.

International Female Solo Artist

Beyoncé / Bjork / Feist / Lady Gaga / Rihanna

My tip: Firstly, Britney Spears, (‘Femme Fatale’)? I would say that Beyonce might walk away with this one, in light of her Glastonbury spectacular.

International Group

Fleet Foxes / Foo Fighters /  Jay Z and Kanye West / Lady Antebellum / Maroon 5

My tip: Jay Z and Kanye West. A fan of neither, but I think their combined pulling power will prove victorious.

International Breakthrough Act

Aloe Blacc / Bon Iver / Foster The People / Lana Del Rey / Nicki Minaj

My tip: Lana Del Rey. The Brits have always hopped in to the sidecar of whatever is current and buckled up for the ride, so Lana Del Rey should walk away quite easily with this one. Glad to see recognition for Foster The People though.

 

British Producer: Paul Epworth /  Flood /  Ethan Johns

Critics’ Choice Emeli Sandé

Outstanding Contribution To Music Award: Blur

Fear not Will, you remain and forever shall be, the rightful Red Rum of the British male vocalist steeplechase.

www.brits.co.uk / www.willyoung.co.uk

 

shelleyhanveywriter 🙂

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January 13, 2012 at 1:44 pm

UK Festival Awards 2011 @festival_awards ; out with the old and in with the new?

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The 2011 UK Festival Awards were announced last night, in a suitably snazzy ceremony at London’s Roundhouse. There were a few surprises amongst the winners; perhaps a glimpse of the shift that’s set to come this year from folk choosing their festival allegiances more carefully, in light of the current economic climate. For me, size and status are irrelevant; if you have what I want, I’m there.

Following acclaimed performances at Glastonbury, Reading, Bestival and Jersey Live, Ed Sheeran was named ‘Best Breakthrough Artist’ (in association with Brothers Cider), beating off competition from Bruno Mars, Jessie J and The Vaccines.

 

‘Headline Performance of the Year’ (in association with Jagermeister) was awarded to Paolo Nutini at Latitude Festival, Nutini’s fellow nominees included Metallica, Magnetic Man and Chase & Status. Chase & Status didn’t go home empty- handed however, as they walked away with the award for ‘Anthem of the Summer’ for ‘Blind Faith.’

Rob Da Bank’s ever-popular Bestival was honoured in a new category for 2011: ‘Fan’s Favourite Festival’. This year, the festival welcomed some of the biggest names in music, consequently drawing the biggest crowds, and featured artists such as Bjork, The Cure, PJ Harvey, Brian Wilson and Public Enemy.

The awards for ‘Best Major’ / ‘Medium’ / ‘Small’ Festival, ‘Best Metropolitan’ Festival, ‘Best New’ Festival and ‘Best Family’ Festival were decided upon by a judging panel of journalists and reviewers. The winners included: ‘Best Major Festival’ (in association with The Ticket Factory) went to the godfather of festivals, Glastonbury, whose headline performances from Beyonce, U2 and Coldplay dominated our TV screens over the summer. ‘Best Medium-sized Festival’ was awarded to Secret Garden Party, which this year featured acts including Marcus Foster, Yasmin, Leftfield and Ghostpoet. End of The Road was awarded with ‘Best Small Festival’ (in association with Doodson); the North Dorset event featured live sets from Laura Marling, Joanna Newsom and Mogwai this year. This is definitely one which I would like to experience some time soon.

 

‘Best Metropolitan Festival’ was awarded to Sheffield’s Tramlines, which beat off competition from The Great Escape, Dot to Dot and Gaymer’s Camden Crawl.

‘Best New Festival’ (in association with Access All Areas) went to Wilderness, a new ‘celebration of the arts and outdoors’ in Oxfordshire, which The Observer described as a ‘bohemian haven’; Oxford and bohemian – sounds right up my street!  ‘Best Family Festival’ (in association with Showsec) was awarded to Beautiful Days.

‘Best Dance Event’ (in association with Peppermint Bars) perhaps predictably, went to Creamfields, with this year’s event featuring fan favourites Chemical Brothers, Katy B and Kissy Sell Out. I’m not sure that any other festival could beat Creamfields in this genre, there certainly does not appear to be any strong contenders to its crown at the moment. Croatia’s Outlook was honoured with ‘Best Overseas Festival’.

Finally, ‘Line-Up of the Year’ in association with XL Video was awarded to Sonisphere, for a staggering bill in 2011, which saw the Big Four – Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth unite for what was widely described as, ‘heavy metal heaven’.

Congratulations to all the 2011 UK Festival Awards winners and let’s hope that the 2012 season exceeds those highs and lessens the lows.

www.festivalawards.com / www.twitter.com/festival_awards

shelleyhanveywriter 🙂

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