The Ivors Academy announce winners at The Ivors 2021

Adore You, performed and written by Harry Styles with Amy Allen, Tyler Johnson and Kid Harpoon wins the PRS for Music Most Performed Work of 2020.

Above: PRS Most Performed Work winner Amy Allen ©MarkAllan

The Ivors Academy has today announced the winners at The Ivors with Apple Music 2021, recognising outstanding songwriting and screen composition.

Recognised as a pinnacle of creative musical achievement since they were first presented in 1956, Ivor Novello Awards have a special place in the music community as they are judged and awarded by songwriters and composers to their peers.

This year, 70% of the twenty-six songwriters and composers recognised with an Ivor are picking up an award for the first time.

Adore You, performed and written by Harry Styles with Amy Allen, Tyler Johnson and Kid Harpoon wins the PRS for Music Most Performed Work of 2020. It is the first Ivor win for Harry Styles and all the writers on the track. Adore You was the second single from Harry Styles' Grammy nominated and UK double platinum selling album Fine Line.

Lianne La Havas’ self-titled album wins the Ivor Novello Award for Best Album, written with Matthew Hales. A stunning concept album, its song cycle depicts the stages of a relationship from early romance to its end. This is their first Ivor, having both been first been nominated in 2013 for Lianne La Havas’ debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough?

Best Song Musically and Lyrically goes to Obongjayar and Barney Lister in their first Ivor win for God’s Own Children, from the EP Which Way Is Forward?, which Obongjayar describes as 'a project about love, family, self-empowerment and self-belief.'

Children of the Internet by Dave and Fraser T Smith wins Best Contemporary Song. In one of the most successful contemporary songwriting collaborations, it is their third Ivor Novello Award win in four years. Performed by Future Utopia, featuring Dave and Es Devlin, the track explores the impact of social media and hyper-connectivity, especially on younger generations.

Celeste and Jamie Hartman receive the Ivor for Songwriter of the Year for their incredible body of work in 2020 including Stop this Flame, I Can See the Change, Little Runaway, Love is Back and A Little Love for the John Lewis Christmas advert.

The second Rising Star Award with Apple Music has been awarded to 20-year-old Bristol born artist Willow Kayne whose work spans hip hop, punk and electronica, and draws creative inspiration from fashion and graphic design. All Rising Star Award nominees receive a year-long mentorship from a well-known Academy member and leaders from Apple Music, Willow has been paired with music legend Nile Rodgers.

Nile Rodgers said: 'Willow has a fresh and exciting sound and the energy and determination to match it. She’s a genuine star in the making and I can’t wait to support her on her musical journey.'

Composer Blanck Mass wins his first Ivor for Best Original Film Score for the BAFTA nominated Irish crime drama Calm with Horses, directed by Nick Rowland in his feature debut and written by Joseph Murtagh.

Best Original Video Game Score goes to Gareth Coker for Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Developed by the collective organisation Moon Studios and published Xbox Games Studios, it is the sequel to the acclaimed action-platform Ori and the Blind Forest.

The soundtrack for sci-fi spectacular Devs composed by Geoff Barrow, Ben Salisbury, and The Insects wins Best Television Soundtrack. Created, written, and directed by Alex Garland, Devs premiered in the UK on BBC Two in April 2020 and explores themes of free-will, determinism, grief, love and immortality.

Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora collect the Special International Award with Apple Music for a musical partnership that spanned 30 years and fuelled one of the biggest bands in the world, producing global anthems such as Wanted Dead or Alive, You Give Love a Bad Name and the gigantic US No.1 Livin’ On A Prayer.

Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith are honoured with the Ivor for Outstanding Song Collection for their incredible songwriting partnership that produced era-defining Tears for Fears albums including The Hurting, Songs from the Big Chair and The Seeds of Love, as well as critically acclaimed, innovative hit singles: Mad World, Shout, Everybody Wants to Rule the World and Sowing the Seeds of Love.

Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory are recognised with The Ivors Inspiration Award for their work as the duo Goldfrapp, which formed in 1999. Giants of electronic music, they have been inspired by everything from glam rock to organic folk music, while their seven albums have produced acclaimed music that has entranced a nation and filled many dancefloors.

Mark-Anthony Turnage is recognised with The Ivors Classical Music Award for his unique and experimental approach to composition. The composer – who had his breakthrough moment with his first opera, 1988’s Greek – draws on influences spanning jazz, Led Zeppelin and Beyoncé. His work has been performed at the BBC Proms, Sadler’s Wells, the Royal Ballet and the Royal Opera. He has written pieces based on everything from the outbreak of World War I with his 2013 orchestral work Passchendaele to the tragic life and death of model, actor, celebrity Anna Nicole Smith, his 2011 opera Anna Nicole.


I’m amazed by the impressive range of talent who have joined the UK’s roll call of songwriting greats by winning an Ivor Novello Award. Each one brings joy to so many and creates the soundtrack to our lives. As well as being astounded by their achievements, I would like to thank every winner and nominee for creating the most wonderful and era-defining music.

Shaznay Lewis, Ivor Novello Award winner and Chair of The Ivors Awards Committee, The Ivors Academy

The 2021 winners are:

Best Album

  • Lianne La Havas
  • Written by Matthew Hales and Lianne La Havas
  • Performed by Lianne La Havas
  • Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing and Warner Chappell Music

Best Contemporary Song

  • Children of the Internet
  • Written by Dave and Fraser T Smith
  • Performed by Future Utopia feat. Dave and Es Devlin 
  • Published in the UK by Warner Chappell Music and Kobalt Music Publishing

Best Original Film Score

  • Calm with Horses
  • Composed by Blanck Mass
  • Published in the UK by BMG UK

Best Original Video Game Score

  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Composed by Gareth Coker

Best Song Musically and Lyrically 

  • God’s Own Children
  • Written by Barney Lister and Obongjayar
  • Performed by Obongjayar
  • Published in the UK by Promised Land Music-Universal Music Publishing and Beggars Music 

Best Television Soundtrack

  • Devs
  • Composed by Geoff Barrow, Ben Salisbury, The Insects 
  • Published in the UK by Sony Music Publishing 

Outstanding Song Collection 

  • Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith

PRS for Music Most Performed Work

  • Adore You
  • Written by Amy Allen, Tyler Johnson, Kid Harpoon and Harry Styles
  • Performed by Harry Styles 
  • Published in the UK by Artist Publishing Group West-Kobalt Music Publishing, Concord Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing

Rising Star Award with Apple Music

  • Willow Kayne

Songwriter of the Year

  • Celeste and Jamie Hartman

Special International Award with Apple Music

  • Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora

The Ivors Classical Music Award

  • Mark-Anthony Turnage

The Ivors Inspiration Award

  • Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory 

In their 66th year, the winners were announced today at an awards ceremony hosted by Paul Gambaccini at Grosvenor House, London


About The Ivors Academy

The Ivors Academy is the UK’s independent professional association for music creators. We represent and champion a diverse, talented community of songwriters and composers. We are a self-funded not-for-profit organisation, relying on the continued support of our members and partners to carry on our work. 

Our Ivor Novello Awards are the ultimate accolade for songwriting and composition in the industry. The Ivors with Apple Music celebrate the talents of songwriters and screen composers, and The Ivors Composer Awards recognise music creators in the classical, jazz and sound art fields. 

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