Dave, Ed Sheeran and Shakira among winners at Ivor Awards

Rapper Dave, chart-topper Ed Sheeran and music star Shakira were among the winners at the Ivors in London on Thursday (May 19), the annual awards honouring songwriters and screen composers.

Dave beat the likes of singers Adele, Sheeran and Raye as well as band Coldplay to be crowned songwriter of the year while the Ivor Novello award for best album went to Laura Mvula’s critically-acclaimed Pink Noise.

“I’m just genuinely happy to be here amongst people I respect,” Mvula told Reuters on the red carpet before the ceremony. “These are the people that don’t get shouts enough.”

Shakira was recognised with the special international award at the event organised by the UK-based Ivors Academy.

“There’s so much talent out there and I’m glad that today there’s so many platforms that new songwriters and new creators are taking advantage of,” she told reporters.

“When I started my career as a songwriter and as a producer and singer, it was harder because I had to knock every door and it was hard to make sure that people knew about your work and get exposure. But today, technology has facilitated that in so many ways, and…also it’s more democratic.”

Sheeran, who last month won a copyright case over his 2017 mega chart-topper Shape Of You at the High Court in London, won the category for most performed work for his hit song Bad Habits.

Best song musically and lyrically went to Sam Fender’s Seventeen Going Under while rapper Little Simz’ I Love You, I Hate You won best contemporary song.

Musician Peter Gabriel received the academy fellowship and The Cure’s Robert Smith and Simon Gallup were honoured with the icon award.

Performer Naomi Kimpenu won the rising star award.

The awards, named after early 20th century Welsh composer, actor and entertainer Ivor Novello, were first handed out in 1956.

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