McCartney Takes Top Honor at Ivor Novello Awards

Posted in News on May 31, 2000

Sir Paul McCartney led the list of BMI UK songwriters honored at the recent Ivor Novello Awards, Britain's highest honors given to songwriters. McCartney received the Fellowship of the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters, the first the academy has given. McCartney was cited as "a true giant of the world of songwriters and composers."

Singer/songwriter Fran Healy of the band Travis was named Songwriter of the Year and picked up his second award for Best Contemporary Song, "Why Does It Always Rain On Me."

BMI's Ivor Novello Award Winners

British Academy of Composers and Songwriters Fellowship
Sir Paul McCartney

Songwriter of the Year
Fran Healy

Best Contemporary Song
"Why Does It Always Rain On Me"
written by Fran Healy
published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing
performed by Travis

Best Original Film Score
David Arnold
"The World Is Not Enough"
published by BMG Music Publishing

International Hit of the Year
"Genie In A Bottle"
co-written by Pam Sheyne
co-published by Apple Tree Songs-Warner/Chappell Music

International Achievement in Musical Theater
"The Lion King"
co-written by Sir Elton John and Sir Tim Rice

Jimmy Kennedy Award
Geoff Stephens


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