THE 60th ANNIVERSARY IVOR NOVELLO AWARDS
BASCA, in association with PRS for Music announce the recipients and winners of the 60th Ivor Novello Awards [The Ivors].
The Ivor Novello Awards were created by BASCA [British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors] to celebrate, honour and reward excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing. They are unique awards presented by the UK songwriting and composing community and exclusively judged by songwriters and composers.
“BASCA is delighted that in their 60th year The Ivors continue to celebrate the excellence of British and Irish songwriters and composers. From the BASCA Fellowship – the highest honor the Academy can bestow, to awards for works released last year, this year’s ceremony has represented a wonderful array of talent. Congratulations to everyone who has received an Ivor Novello Award today.” BASCA Chairman, Simon Darlow
Outstanding Song Collection Award 2015 ALBERT HAMMOND
Albert Hammond has received the Ivor Novello Award 2015 for Outstanding Song Collection. Albert has composed many superb hits including “The Air That I Breathe”, “When I Need You” and “One Moment In Time”. Donovan, who presented the award to Hammond, said: “I don’t know how he did it, but he did it, he’s an enigma.” Albert received a standing ovation from all of the attendees including Elton John, Annie Lennox, Brian May, Black Sabbath, Ed Sheeran and many others
One of his most celebrated songs famously asked for “One Moment In Time”, but in fact Albert Hammond has provided dozens of such moments over a career that has produced hits across the last six decades.
And what moments they have been. Since writing his first chart smash – Little Arrows, a Number Two for Leapy Lee in 1968 – Hammond has enjoyed success as a recording artist and a producer while, as a songwriter, the hits have just kept coming.
And it’s the sheer range of his work that sets Hammond apart. He has scored hits on pop, country, R&B and Latin charts. His songs have been recorded by everyone from Elton John to Tina Turner, Julio Iglesias to Johnny Cash, Whitney Houston to The Carpenters. He has co-written with talents as Diane Warren and Hal David, Mike Hazlewood and John Bettis. And his songs have driven worldwide record sales of over 300 million.
His work will need no introduction to The Ivor audience, but even a casual music fan would be familiar with this most outstanding of song collections. From his own hits such as “It Never Rains in Southern California” and “The Free Electric Band” to enduring favorites’ such as “The Air That I Breathe” (Number One for The Hollies in 1974) and “When I Need You” (Number One for Leo Sayer in 1977), Hammond pretty much owned the 1970s.
But while some songwriters dip in and out of fashion, Hammond’s ageless craft has always managed to move with the times .So he and Warren co-wrote 1987’s rock powerhouse “Nothing Gonna Stop Us Now” for Starship, nominated for an Oscar. He and Bettis penned the pop-soul belter and 1988 Olympic theme “One Moment In Time” for Whitney Houston and won an Emmy. And he and David came up with 1984 “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before” for Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson, crossing Latin and Country genre boundaries. In the Nineties, he wrote for Diana Ross¸ in the Noughties he worked with Duffy. One of his finest songs “Don’t Turn Around” was recorded by artists as varied as Tina Turner, Aswad and Ace Of Base..
In recent years he has reclaimed such gems for himself, re-recording same of his best known songs for his Legend albums (where he also sang a duet with his son, Albert Hammond Jr of The Strokes ) and taking the catalogue back on the road.
But really , his is a legacy, that will endure though the ages, not so much moments in time as timeless moments.
The 2015 Ivor Novello Award 21 of May 2015