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56th Ivor Novello Awards Winners Announcement 

19th May 2011

BASCA in association with PRS for Music are today delighted to announce the winners of the 56th Ivor Novello Awards.

The Ivors celebrate, honour and reward excellence in songwriting and composing.  They are presented and judged by the writing community and considered amongst the most important awards for music creators.

The 56th Ivor Novello Awards are for the year 2010. The Ivors took place today, Thursday 19th May 2011 at Grosvenor House, a JW Marriott Hotel.

Winners of the 56th Ivor Novello Awards

PRS for Music Most Performed Work
Song: She Said
Written by: Eric Appapoulay / Richard Cassell / Benjamin Drew / Tom Wright-Goss
Performed by: Plan B
Published in the UK by: Sony/ATV Music Publishing / Universal Music Publishing

Best Original Video Game Score
Game: Napoleon: Total War
Composed by: Richard Beddow / Richard Birdsall / Ian Livingstone
Developer: The Creative Assembly
Published in the UK by: SEGA

Best Contemporary Song
Song: Pass Out   
Written by: Timothy McKenzie / Patrick Okogwu / Marc Williams
Performed by: Tinie Tempah
Published in the UK by: EMI Music Publishing / Stellar Songs Ltd

Best Television Soundtrack
Broadcast: Any Human Heart  
Composed by: Dan Jones 
Published in the UK by: Faber Music Ltd / Universal Music Publishing

The Ivors Inspiration Award
Dizzee Rascal

The Ivors Classical Music Award
Michael Nyman

Album Award
Album: The Defamation of Strickland Banks 
Written by: Benjamin Drew
Performed by: Plan B
Published in the UK by: Universal Music Publishing

Best Original Film Score
Film: How To Train Your Dragon
Composed by: John Powell
Published in the UK by: BMG Chrysalis

PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music
Paul Rodgers

Best Song Musically & Lyrically
Song: Becoming a Jackal
Written by: Conor O’Brien
Performed by: Villagers
Published in the UK by: Domino Publishing Company

International Achievement
Matthew Bellamy, Dominic Howard & Christopher Wolstenholme (Muse)

Outstanding Song Collection
Steve Winwood

Songwriter of the Year
Benjamin Drew

PRS for Music Special International Award
Stephen Sondheim

Notes for Editors

About The Ivors

The Ivor Novello Awards celebrate, honour and reward excellence in songwriting and composing. They have been presented and judged by the writing community for over fifty five years.

The Ivors are presented by BASCA (the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors) and sponsored by PRS for Music. The awards acknowledge the songwriters and composers of works released in the UK within the awards year and honour individuals with awards recognising their contribution to British music.  They are amongst the most coveted awards in the music industry.

The 56th Ivor Novello Awards was held on Thursday 19th May 2011 at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London.



BASCA, the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, is the professional association for music writers in the UK. With over 2,000 members, it is the single voice for British music creators.

BASCA works to foster a sense of community amongst songwriters, lyricists and composers, and to campaign on their behalf in the domestic, European and international political arenas.  As the only association in the country made up entirely of music writers, the organisation has an unparalleled insight into the issues affecting music creators in the UK today. We work closely with our members, keeping them informed in a constantly changing environment via our publications, websites, seminars and professional networking events.  BASCA also presents the Ivor Novello Awards, British Composer Awards and Gold Badge Awards annually.

Academy Fellows: John Adams, David Arnold, Sir Malcolm Arnold, John Barry, Don Black, Pierre Boulez, Sir John Dankworth, David Ferguson, George Fenton, Sir Elton John, Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Robin Gibb, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Sir Tim Rice.


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