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
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
"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
Jimmy Kennedy Award