Award winner Noel Gallagher says wife barely believes he writes songs
NOEL Gallagher was today honoured for his outstanding songwriting - and said his wife barely believes he writes them.
The former Oasis guitarist - who now has a solo career - landed the outstanding song collection prize at the Ivor Novello Awards today for his two decades of hits.
Gallagher, the writer of hits such as Live Forever and Wonderwall, was given a standing ovation as he accepted his award and thanked "everyone who has ever played on one of my songs".
Dedicating the award to his wife Sarah, he described a recent conversation they had in which he said he wanted to turn the garage of their new home into a "creative space" to write songs.
"She said to me 'I've never seen you writing songs'." Holding the trophy, he said: "If any more proof were needed."
Chart-topping star Emeli Sande was a double winner at the event today staged at London's Grosvenor House. Her single Next To Me was named best song musically and lyrically, and the track also carried off the prize for most-performed work.
Sande was unable to attend after heading to the US to appear in the final of American Idol.
The awards, now in their 58th year, are much-prized by the music industry as they are chosen by songwriters and composers.
Mercury Prize-winners Alt-J took the award for best album with An Awesome Wave.
One of the most-cherished awards, best contemporary song, went to Pelican by The Maccabees, who were also Mercury nominees last year.
Gallagher quit Oasis in 2009 after a huge row with his brother Liam and finally released an album in his own right, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, in 2011.
Arriving at the awards today he admitted he has not put much effort into his next batch of tracks in recent months, saying he "can't be arsed, just can't be arsed" writing songs at the moment.
He said he found it "frustrating" that he starts lots of songs but often fails to finish them, although he pulls together "enough to make an album now and again".
Gallagher accepted his award from Kinks star Ray Davies, who joked: "I don't know why I'm here. I haven't done anything to help this man's career at all."
Dance music star Calvin Harris, said to be dating fellow pop act Rita Ora, was named songwriter of the year.
Harris, whose hit singles include the number ones I'm Not Alone and Sweet Nothings, recently set a new record after he became the first artist to have eight top 10 hits from one album, all drawn from his release 18 Months.
He had guests laughing as he began his acceptance speech by telling them: "Like my lyrics, I'm going to keep it brief and repetitive."
As a dance music producer and DJ, Harris said he did not feel as though he belonged in a room of songwriters and composers.
"To be honest, I can't believe I was even let in the door of this whole ceremony. It feels like I shouldn't be here, let alone holding this thing which is easily the greatest achievement of my entire life."
Marc Almond, who began his career with Soft Cell and went on to have a string of hits on his own, was given the inspiration award.
His hits have included Tainted Love and Bedsitter with Soft Cell, Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart with Gene Pitney and solo singles such as Jacky and The Days Of Pearly Spencer.
Almond said one of the greatest accolades a music act could have was to know that they had inspired other artists.
He paid tribute to everyone who had advised him over the years, adding: "I don't always take that advice but I'm standing here today, so something's gone right somewhere."
Former Moody Blues star Justin Hayward was given the outstanding achievement prize while US songwriter and performer Randy Newman - who has lately been more noted for his film soundtracks to movies such as Toy Story - was given the international award.
Guest presenters included Coldplay's Chris Martin, who handed the international achievement award to Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale, joking how much he used to despise him for his looks and success.