"I come to the Ivor Novellos because One Direction aren't invited," said Noel Gallagher at this years Ivor Novello Awards, as the mouthy Mancunian commended the awards show for it's exclusivity and celebration of more obscure artists.
Among these often overlooked artists being recognised at Thursday's (May 16) event were three-time BRIT winning singer Emeli Sandé, who won two awards, Mercury Award winning act Alt-J, the multi-Oscar winning/nominated Randy Newman, and the multi-VMA and Grammy award winning Calvin Harris. Noel also picked up an award too, taking home the Outstanding Song Collection gong.
Speaking to NME on the red carpet just prior to the show, the former Oasis singer/guitarist said the reason he came to the awards show was "Because clowns like One Direction aren't invited, so it must be a good one" (and maybe the promise of an award would have enticed him in).
Upon collecting his award, he was a little more light-hearted and joked with the audience throughout his speech. He first thanked, "my publishers, who I've only just met after 20 years – Sony, apparently," before going on to dedicate the award to his wife, who according to Gallagher has never seen the him write songs before, on which he lamented, "this is proof that I do."
The full list of winners at the event is as follows:
Best Contemporary Song - 'Pelican' - The Maccabees
PRS for Music Most Performed Work - 'Next to Me' - Emeli Sandé (Written by Hugo Chegwin, Harry Craze, Anup Paul and Emeli Sandé)
Best Television Soundtrack - Lucian Freud: Painted Life (Composed by John Harle)
Inspiration Award - Marc Almond
Album Award - An Awesome Wave - Alt-J
Classical Music Award - Errollyn Wallen
PRS for Music Award for Outstanding Achievement - Justin Hayward
Best Original Film Score - Anna Karenina (Composed by Dario Marianelli)
Best Song Musically and Lyrically - 'Next to Me' - Emeli Sandé
International Achievement - Gavin Rossdale
Songwriter of the Year - Calvin Harris
Outstanding Song Collection - Noel Gallagher
PRS for Music Special International Award - Randy Newman
Noel Gallagher isn't a fan of One Direction, who'd have guessed it
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