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RadioFacts: PRS for Music, the organization that represents the rights of over 145,500 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK and worldwide is today supporting The Ivors Academy’s #WouldHaveBeenTheIvors campaign, by looking back at the glittering list of songwriting royalty who have won PRS for Music-supported Ivor Novello Award categories over the past three decades.

Critically acclaimed songwriters and composers from Stephen Sondheim to Lionel Richie, to Kate Bush, Madonna and Ed Sheeran have all won Ivor Novello Awards, the highest accolade in songwriting and screen composition. The only prize to be judged exclusively by fellow music creators and presented by The Ivors Academy, the awards are the pinnacle in the careers of many in the songwriting and composing field.

Between 1991 and 2019, PRS for Music contributed to and supported three prestigious Ivor Novello Award categories, the PRS for Music award for: Most Performed Work; Outstanding Contribution to British Music; and Special International Award.

Andy Bell and Vince Clarke won the first PRS for Music Most Performed Work Award for Erasure classic, Blue Savannah, released in 1990. While Kenney Jones, Ronnie Lane, Steve Marriott and Ian McLagan were the first to take home the PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music award as The Small Faces in 1996, and Hal David won the inaugural Special International Award in 1999.

Gary Barlow is the only songwriter to have won three PRS for Music-supported Ivor Novello awards, spanning three decades, for his widely celebrated work with Take That. He has received the Most Performed Work award twice, for Back for Good in 1996 and Shine in 2008, and he received the Outstanding Contribution to British Music Award in 2012 alongside his Take That band mates Robbie Williams, Mark Owen, Howard Donald and Jason Orange.

Other songwriters and composers who have won the PRS for Music Most Performed Work Award more than once include Cathy Dennis for her work on Kylie Minogue’s Can’t Get You Out of My Head in 2002 and Britney Spears’ Toxic in 2005, William Orbit for his work on Madonna’s Beautiful Stranger in 2000 and All Saints’ Pure Shores in 2001, and Fred Fairbrass, Richard Fairbrass and Robert Manzoli for the Right Said Fred hits I’m Too Sexy in 1992 and Deeply Dippy in 1993.

Robbie Williams is the only songwriter to have won awards both as a solo artist and as part of a group, winning the PRS for Music Most Performed Work Award (1998) for Angels in 1999 and the PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music in 2012 with Take That.

The PRS for Music Special International Award is the only Ivor Novello Award independently presented to an international writer, recognising those whose work has left an indelible mark on British music. Winners have included Stevie Wonder (2001), Brian Wilson (2003), Quincy Jones (2007), Diane Warren (2008), Nile Rodgers (2014), Mariah Carey (2019) and the legendary Bill Withers (2017), who sadly passed away in April this year. Speaking to PRS for Music’s M Magazine about his songwriting in 2017, Bill said: “I don’t have any particular technique. I don’t know an F-sharp from Ninth Street. I don’t want to know. That wasn’t my approach. I only need to be musical enough to make a package to wrap my poetry.”

To date, over 130 individual songwriters and composers have received a total of 141 PRS for Music supported Ivor Novello Awards. Of these awards, only 15 have been awarded to women, with awards going to Adele, Chrissie Hynde, Anne Dudley, Shaznay Lewis, Lily Allen, Emeli Sandé and more.

PRS for Music has had a long-established relationship with The Ivors since its inception in 1956. Named after composer and PRS member, Ivor Novello, the accolade continues to shine a light on outstanding songwriting and composition to this day. This relationship continues in 2020 with PRS for Music returning as the title sponsor of the PRS for Music Most Performed Work Award and the PRS for Music Icon Award (previously named Outstanding Contribution to British Music Award). Nominees for the PRS for Music Most Performed Work 2019 will be announced on Monday 20 July.

Ivor Novello Award winners are traditionally announced in May, but due to Covid-19, will be announced on 2 September this year.

Andrea C. Martin, CEO of PRS for Music, said: “Although we can’t come together to congratulate the nominees, let’s use this day to remember the fantastic creative talent that drives our industry and look forward to honouring the winners when they are announced on 2 September. Let’s stand together for songwriters, composers, and publishers, all of whom are admired and respected the world over.”

PRS for Music Most Performed Work Award

NameName of AwardPresented inTitleArtist
Andy BellPRS for Music Most Performed Work 19901991Blue SavannahErasure
Vince ClarkePRS for Music Most Performed Work 19901991Blue SavannahErasure
Fred FairbrassPRS for Music Most Performed Work 19911992I’m Too SexyRight Said Fred
Richard FairbrassPRS for Music Most Performed Work 19911992I’m Too SexyRight Said Fred
Robert ManzoliPRS for Music Most Performed Work 19911992I’m Too SexyRight Said Fred
Fred FairbrassPRS for Music Most Performed Work 19921993Deeply DippyRight Said Fred
Richard FairbrassPRS for Music Most Performed Work 19921993Deeply DippyRight Said Fred
Robert ManzoliPRS for Music Most Performed Work 19921993Deeply DippyRight Said Fred
Warren CuccurulloPRS for Music Most Performed Work 19931994Ordinary WorldDuran Duran
Simon Le BonPRS for Music Most Performed Work 19931994Ordinary WorldDuran Duran
Nick RhodesPRS for Music Most Performed Work 19931994Ordinary WorldDuran Duran
John TaylorPRS for Music Most Performed Work 19931994Ordinary WorldDuran Duran
Reg PresleyPRS for Music Most Performed Work 19941995Love is All AroundWet Wet Wet
Gary BarlowPRS for Music Most Performed Work 19951996Back For GoodTake That
George MichaelPRS for Music Most Performed Work 19961997Fast LoveGeorge Michael
StingPRS for Music Most Performed Work 19971998I’ll Be Missing You (Every Breath You Take)Puff Daddy feat. Faith Evans & 112
Guy ChambersPRS for Music Most Performed Work 19981999AngelsAngels
Robbie WilliamsPRS for Music Most Performed Work 19981999AngelsRobbie Williams
MadonnaPRS for Music Most Performed Work 19992000Beautiful StrangerMadonna
William OrbitPRS for Music Most Performed Work 19992000Beautiful StrangerMadonna
Shaznay LewisPRS for Music Most Performed Work 20002001Pure ShoresAll Saints
William OrbitPRS for Music Most Performed Work 20002001Pure ShoresAll Saints
Rob DavisPRS for Music Most Performed Work 20012002Can’t Get You Out Of My HeadKylie Minogue
Cathy DennisPRS for Music Most Performed Work 20012002Can’t Get You Out Of My HeadKylie Minogue
Michelle EscofferyPRS for Music Most Performed Work 20022003Just A LittleLiberty X
George Hammond HaganPRS for Music Most Performed Work 20022003Just A LittleLiberty X
John Hammond HaganPRS for Music Most Performed Work 20022003Just A LittleLiberty X
Joseph BelmaatiPRS for Music Most Performed Work 20032004SuperstarJamelia
Mich HansenPRS for Music Most Performed Work 20032004SuperstarJamelia
Mikkel SigvardtPRS for Music Most Performed Work 20032004SuperstarJamelia
Cathy DennisPRS for Music Most Performed Work 20042005ToxicBritney Spears
Henrik JonbackPRS for Music Most Performed Work 20042005ToxicBritney Spears
Christian KarlssonPRS for Music Most Performed Work 20042005ToxicBritney Spears
Pontus WinnbergPRS for Music Most Performed Work 20042005ToxicBritney Spears
James BluntPRS for Music Most Performed Work 20052006You’re BeautifulJames Blunt
Amanda GhostPRS for Music Most Performed Work 20052006You’re BeautifulJames Blunt
Sacha SkarbekPRS for Music Most Performed Work 20052006You’re BeautifulJames Blunt
Scott HoffmanPRS for Music Most Performed Work 20062007I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’Scissor Sisters
Elton JohnPRS for Music Most Performed Work 20062007I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’Scissor Sisters
Jason SellardsPRS for Music Most Performed Work 20062007

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