British glam rockers The Darkness have been honoured with the prestigious Songwriter Of The Year award at this year's (04) IVOR NOVELLOS.
The I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE foursome picked up their gong at the 49th awards for songwriters and composers in London earlier tonight (27MAY04).
Delighted lead singer Justin Hawkins dedicated the award to "songwriters everywhere".
Hawkins joked, "It's a great award, it's the heaviest. This is the biggest award you can get if you write your own songs.
"We have always wanted something like this but didn't expect to be in this position now. Now we've got here we're not going to let it go."
The winners include:
Best song musically and lyrically: LEAVE RIGHT NOW - WILL YOUNG. Written by FRANCIS EG WHITE.
Best contemporary song: STRONGER THAN ME - AMY WINEHOUSE. Written by AMY WINEHOUSE/SALAAM REMI.
The Ivors dance award: STRICT MACHINE - Goldfrapp. Written by ALISON GOLDFRAPP/WILLIAM GREGORY/NICK BATT.
Most performed work: SUPERSTAR - JAMELIA. Written by MICH HANSEN/JOSEPH BELMAATI/REMEE.
International hit of the year: WHITE FLAG - DIDO. Written by DIDO ARMSTRONG/ROLLO ARMSTRONG/RICK NOWELS.
Best-selling UK single: MAD WORLD - MICHAEL ANDREWS FEAT. Gary Jules. Written by ROLAND ORZABAL.
Outstanding song collection: ERIC STEWART, KEVIN GODLEY, LOL CREME, GRAHAM GOULDMAN (10CC).