The 60th Anniversary Ivor Novello Awards winners announcement

BASCA, in association with PRS for Music announce the recipients and winners of the 60th Ivor Novello Awards [The Ivors].

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Fifteen Ivor Novello Awards were presented at the ceremony, which took place on Thursday 21st May at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London.

The Ivor Novello Awards were created by BASCA [British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors] to celebrate, honour and reward excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing. They are unique awards; presented by the UK songwriting and composing community and exclusively judged by songwriters and composers. They have been sponsored by PRS for Music since 1974.


BASCA is delighted that in their 60th year The Ivors continue to celebrate the excellence of British and Irish songwriters and composers. From the BASCA Fellowship - the highest honour the Academy can bestow, to awards for works released last year, this year’s ceremony has represented a wonderful array of talent. Congratulations to everyone who has received an Ivor Novello Award today.

BASCA Chairman, Simon Darlow

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Recipients of the 60th Anniversary Ivor Novello Awards

PRS for Music Most Performed Work

Rather Be
Written by James Napier and Jack Patterson
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing – Salli Isaak Songs and Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Best Television Soundtrack

The Honourable Woman
Composed by Natalie Holt and Martin Phipps
Published in the UK by Imagem FTV and Du Vinage Publishing

The Ivors Classical Music Award

Judith Weir

Outstanding Song Collection

Albert Hammond

Album Award

So Long, See You Tomorrow
Written by Jack Steadman
Published in the UK by Imagem Music

Best Song Musically and Lyrically

Take Me To Church
Written by Andrew Hozier-Byrne
Published in the UK by Sony/ATV Music Publishing – The Evolving Music Company

PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music

Boy George

Best Original Film Score

Composed by David Holmes
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing

Songwriter of the Year

Ed Sheeran

The Ivors Inspiration Award

James Dean Bradfield, Sean Moore and Nicky Wire

Best Contemporary Song

Rather Be
Written by James Napier and Jack Patterson
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing – Salli Isaak Songs and Sony/ATV Music Publishing

The Ivors Special Anniversary Award

Bob Geldof and Midge Ure

Lifetime Achievement

Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne and Bill Ward

PRS for Music Special International Award

Paul Williams

BASCA Fellowship

Annie Lennox

Notes for Editors

About The Ivors

The Ivor Novello Awards were created by BASCA’s former incarnation, The Songwriters’ Guild of Great Britain, in 1956. Named in honour of Ivor Novello, Britain’s most successful and distinguished theatrical composer at the time, the aim of the awards was to shine a spotlight on the excellence of British songwriters and composers in an age when international music dominated the British airwaves.

The Ivors were first presented on 11 March 1956 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. The statuette, a representation of Euterpe, the Greek muse of music and lyric poetry was designed by Hazel Underwood and to this day is still cast in solid bronze. For 59 years over 750 statuettes have been presented to songwriters, composers and their music publishers in recognition of the excellence of their compositions.

The Ivors continue to be owned and presented by BASCA, a not for profit membership organisation for British songwriters and composers. Since 1974 they have been sponsored by PRS for Music.


BASCA, the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, is the professional association for music writers in the UK. 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. BASCA works  closely with their members, keeping them informed in a constantly changing environment via its publications, website, seminars and professional networking events. BASCA also presents the Ivor Novello Awards, British Composer Awards and Gold Badge Awards.

Membership of BASCA is open to working songwriters and composers who are members of a royalty collection society, such as PRS for Music, BMI or ASCAP.

BASCA Fellows: John Adams, David Arnold, Malcolm Arnold, John Barry, Don Black, Pierre Boulez, John Dankworth, David Ferguson, George Fenton, Elton John, Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Robin Gibb, Annie Lennox, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Paul McCartney, Peter Maxwell Davies and Tim Rice. 

About PRS for Music

Here for music since 1914, PRS for Music is a world-leading music collective management organisation representing the rights of more than 175,000 talented songwriters, composers and music publishers. Redefining the global standard for music royalties, PRS for Music ensures songwriters and composers are paid whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. 

For 110 years it has grown and protected the rights of the music creator community, paying out royalties with more accuracy, transparency and speed. In 2023, PRS for Music paid out £943.6m in royalties and collected a record £1.08 billion in revenues.

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