The 61st Ivor Novello Awards 2016 were a joy to celebrate with music's finest their outstanding songs which helped shape and culturally define our time.
Their songs were the soundtrack to our lives - and evolutions of style - from Simple Minds in the 80s, through to 90s and beyond with Happy Mondays, Portishead, Snow Patrol (Gary Lightbody and Johnny McDaid), Blur and Gorillaz (Damon Albarn) among many.
To stop and honour these songwriters was to share a special moment as we listened to tribute speeches and collections of music videos spanning decades, each song filling us with a different memory of our lives - reminding us what pioneers they are.
The Ivors celebrated songwriters old and new. A few of my favourites take us back to iconic styles of the 80s and 90s - being a Stylist I had to share these music videos for the style inspiration! Quotes and snippets from the Awards follow:
OUTSTANDING SONG COLLECTION - Simple Minds
Damon Albarn pays tribute to Simple Minds during his acceptance speech for Lifetime Achievement Award:
Jim Kerr's banter with Creation Founder Alan McGee who pays tribute to Happy Mondays had us laughing.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT - Damon Albarn
Before award presentations commenced I ran into Damon Albarn and first thing I happened to see were his shoes - being a typical stylist I couldn't help but notice his pink Converse! Later, we were brought to laughter again when bandmate from Blur Graham Coxon, in his tribute to Damon, seemed to disapprove of the choice:
Damon Albarn receiving his Lifetime Achievement Award at The Ivors 2016:
BEST SONG MUSICALLY & LYRICALLY - Gary Lightbody & Johnny McDaid of Snow Patrol nominees
The Ivors also honours songwriters who've contributed to writing songs performed by other artists. Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody and Johnny McDaid were honoured with a nomination for their work with Ed Shearan and Rudimental on Bloodstream.
In 2005 when Snow Patrol won an Ivor Novello Album Award for Final Straw they weren't able to attend to collect it, making this year's Ivor Novello Awards the first the group were able to attend including Gary Lightbody, Nathan Connolly, Johnny McDaid and Jonny Quinn. While we eagerly anticipate the next Snow Patrol album they told us we can expect it soon, most likely in 2017.
INSPIRATION AWARD - Happy Mondays
Happy Mondays were the first band to bring the underground 90s dance scene to their music. To inspire everyone to dance they even brought dancer Bez into the band to show us how it's done. Completely changing the landscape of music at the time, promoting a dance culture which brought people of different backgrounds together.
From Oasis' Noel Gallagher to countless bands the Happy Mondays have been an inspiration, influencing artists from Robbie Williams to Kasabian.
PRS FOR MUSIC OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO BRITISH MUSIC - Portishead
Retaining an air of mystery by famously not giving interviews Portishead's Beth Gibbons, tougue-in-cheek sticks her fingers up at us grinning ear to ear as bandmate Geoff Barrow collects the award:
The press reports Barrow as being ungrateful although to me they seemed to come across as being playful - in any event, if there was ever to be a band 'too cool' for anything, surely it would be Portishead? In an age where artists 'Instagram their breakfast' (as the Ivors programme writes) thanks Portishead for keeping the fantasy alive.
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