Rapper SKEPTA was the big winner at the Ivor Novello Awards in London on Thursday night (18May17)
The MC took home two awards for Songwriter of the Year and Best Contemporary Song for Man at the star-studded bash at Grosvenor House.
The 34-year-old, real name Joseph Junior Adenuga, paid tribute to Queens of the Stone Age leader Josh Homme and Bob Marley in his acceptance speech, thanking the rocker for allowing him to sample the riff from his tune Regular John on Man, and crediting Marley’s One Love reggae anthem with inspiring him to write songs about “true emotion”.
“So many people around the world are writing music for different reasons, but songs like One Love by Bob Marley showed me that if you write about a true emotion it stands the test of time, it doesn’t matter what time of the Earth we are in, it’s always going to mean something,” he said.
“Any time I write music I try and write from a true emotion and I can feel when it’s not right because I’m just not at that point, so I hope they are more times like that for everyone that writes songs.”
Meanwhile, Coldplay were awarded the Most Performed Work prize for their album Hymn For The Weekend, and Gary Numan received the Inspiration Award, which he dedicated to his wife Gemma O’Neil.
“I’ve been doing this for a very long time and this is probably my proudest moment,” he told the crowd. “The most important person I’d like to thank is my wife, I am really grateful and could not last a single day without you.”
Other winners included Laura Mvula, who picked up the Album Award for The Dreaming Room, and Florence Welch, who claimed the International Achievement prize. Michael Kiwanuka was also honoured with Best Song Musically and Lyrically for Black Man in a White World.
The full list of winners is:
PRS for Music Most Performed Work – Coldplay (Hymn for the Weekend)
Best Original Film Score – Dario Marianelli (Kubo and the Two Strings)
Best Song Musically and Lyrically – Dean ‘Inflo’ Josiah Cover & Michael Kiwanuka (Black Man In A White World)
The Ivors Jazz Award – John Surman
Best Contemporary Song – Skepta and Josh Homme (Man)
PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music – Anne Dudley
Outstanding Song Collection – Pulp
International Achievement – Florence Welch
Album Award – Laura Mvula (The Dreaming Room)
The Ivors Inspiration Award – Gary Numan
Songwriter of the Year Award – Skepta
Lifetime Achievement – Nitin Sawhney
PRS for Music Special International Award – Bill Withers