Amy Winehouse's Ivor triumph
Amy Winehouse won a prestigious Ivor Novello music award yesterday (22.05.08).
The troubled singer's track 'Love Is A Losing Game' earned her the prize for Best Song Musically And Lyrically.
Although she attended the glitzy ceremony, held at London's Grosvenor House hotel, Amy got her taxi driver father Mitch to accept the accolade on her behalf.
After receiving the statuette from British soul singer Beverley Knight, Mitch - referring to his daughter's ongoing battle with drugs - said: "I don't know what I'm doing up here! Amy is getting better and sends her love. She's asked me to thank a few people - her producer Mark Ronson, her family and friends and all her fans who send messages of love and support everyday."
Amy, 24, was also nominated in the same category for the track 'You Know I'm No Good', taken from her hugely successful second album 'Back to Black', while her hit 'Rehab' lost out in the Best Selling British Song category to 'Beautiful Liar' by Shakira and Beyonce Knowles.
Other winners on the day included Take That, who scooped the gong for Most Performed Work for hit single 'Shine', Phil Collins who walked away with the prize for International Achievement, while Mika was named Songwriter of the Year.
Pink Floyd star David Gilmour was handed the Lifetime Achievement accolade, and he paid tribute to Amy during his acceptance speech.
The guitarist said: "Here I am getting the Lifetime Achievement award, well it's been a long, bumpy road, but thank you very much indeed... Let's hope in about another 20 or 30 years Amy Winehouse gets given one for long service."
The annual Ivor Novello Awards are recognised as one of the greatest honours a British songwriter or composer can receive for their work.
Ivor Novello Awards 2008 full list of winners:
Best Song Musically and Lyrically: 'Love is a Losing Game'. written and performed by Amy Winehouse
Best Contemporary Song: .People Help the People.. Written by Simon Aldred, performed by Cherry Ghost
Best Original Film Score: 'Atonement'. Composed by Dario Marianelli
Best Television Soundtrack: 'Oliver Twist'. Composed by Martin Phipps
PRS (Performing Right Society) Most Performed Work: 'Shine'. Written by Take That and Stephen Robson, performed by Take That
Bestselling British Song Beautiful Liar. Written by Ian Dench, Mikkel Eriksen, Amanda Ghost, Tor Erik Hermansen and Beyoncé Knowles. Performed by Beyoncé Knowles and Shakira
Album Award: 'In Rainbows'. Written and performed by Radiohead
Outstanding Song Collection: Gabrielle
Ivors Classical Music Award: Jonathan Dove
Ivors Inspiration Award: Jazzie B
International Achievement: Phil Collins
PRS Outstanding Contribution to British Music: Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook
Songwriter of the Year: Mika
Special International Award: Diane Warren
Lifetime Achievement: David Gilmour
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