Wednesday 22 November 2017

Plan B awarded three Ivor Novellos

Plan B's single She Said was this year's most-performed track
Plan B's single She Said was this year's most-performed track

Plan B was a triple winner as he was rewarded for his songwriting prowess at the esteemed Ivor Novello Awards.

The rapper-turned-soul singer - real name Ben Drew - was named songwriter of the year at the event. His chart-topping release The Defamation Of Strickland Banks was named best album and his single She Said was the year's most-performed track.

Irish act Villagers took the prized "best song musically and lyrically" award for Becoming A Jackal, a song which failed to even chart when it was released.

The Mercury Prize-nominated act - essentially musician Conor O'Brien - gained wider exposure for the song with an appearance on BBC2's Later With Jools Holland a year ago.

Best contemporary song was snatched by double Brit-winner Tinie Tempah for his chart-topping single Pass Out. It beat the tracks Islands by The xx and Katy B's On A Mission.

Other winners included rock giants Muse who took the prize for international achievement at the event staged at London's Grosvenor House.

Dizzee Rascal, who has become a major chart star since winning the Mercury Prize in 2003 at the age of 19 with debut album Boy In Da Corner, was given the inspiration award.

Stevie Winwood, who first found fame as a teenager in the Spencer Davis Group, was honoured as recipient of the outstanding song collection prize.

Accepting the prize for songwriter of the year, Plan B said: "I'm not in it for the money. I loved making this record. I feel I've proved it to myself and this proves it to the rest of the world."

He added: "I just want to promise that world that I'm not going to put out music I don't like that some record label is forcing me to put out."

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