It’s the 65th year for the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors to honour the songwriting and composing of the UK’s best artists with the Ivor Novello awards.
After the original celebration was cancelled because of the pandemic, the announcement of the winners are finally official, and among the winners of this year’s awards include Dave, Little Simz, Calvin Harris, Jamie Cullum and Joan Armatrading, who all had an important impact to the British and Irish songwriter scene this year.
Jazz-pop singer Jamie Cullum won his first Ivor Novello for “Age Of Anxiety”, which was honoured in the Best Song Musically And Lyrically category. On Twitter he pointed out that for him, it was “a huge honour” to be recognised “for a song I really believe in”.
In the emotive single, he refers to the times we live in, but also to texts he received in the past from his good friend and singer Amy Winehouse, who unfortunately died in 2011. “Do those kids know that I was somebody? And I’ve kept all my texts from Amy“, he sings.
Rapper Dave and producer Fraser T Smith won their second Ivor Novello award in collaboration and follow up on their success in 2018 with the Best Contemporary Song.
Furthermore the Ivor for the Best Album went to rap star Little Simz with her highly praised album Grey Area, which was written by Inflo and Little Simz in collaboration.
Joan Armatrading follows the footsteps of legends as Paul McCartney, Elton John and Annie Lennox with his Academy Fellowship for exceptional contribution. Read the list of all the winner of this year’s Ivor Novello awards here.