The former The Verve frontman collected the PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music Award at The Ivors 2019, which took place yesterday (Thursday) at Grosvenor House, London.
In his acceptance speech Ashcroft took the opportunity to reveal that his long-standing dispute with the Rolling Stones over The Verve’s 1997 hit Bitter Sweet Symphony had finally been resolved.
Up until now the band had forfeited royalties to the Rolling Stones as it samples an orchestral version of The Stones' song The Last Time.
Ashcroft said in his speech: ‘As of last month, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards signed over all their publishing for Bitter Sweet Symphony, which was a truly kind and magnanimous thing for them to do.’
He’s no stranger to The Ivors, having picked up the Songwriter of the Year gong in 1998, and over two decades later the awards acknowledged his songwriting legacy since Urban Hymns put the Wigan five-piece on the map.
Following the success of Urban Hymns, which also produced the number one single The Drugs Don’t Work, Ashcroft embarked on a triumphant solo career beginning with Alone with Everybody in 2000 up to his latest release, 2018’s Natural Rebel.
We caught up with Ashcroft fresh from his win to chat about the song he’s most proud of writing and his take on finally getting his dues. Tune in below…