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Craig David makes up for Brits snub with Novello titles

By Chris Gray

The R&B singer Craig David yesterday made up for his Brit award disappointment when he won three honours at Britain's most highly regarded ceremony to reward songwriting talent.

The R&B singer Craig David yesterday made up for his Brit award disappointment when he won three honours at Britain's most highly regarded ceremony to reward songwriting talent.

David won prizes for best contemporary song, songwriter of the year and best dance track at the 46th Ivor Novello Awards, organised by the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters.

The Novello's standing as a barometer of serious song-writing talent will not have been helped, however, by Bob the Builder's "Can We Fix It?" claiming the best selling UK single award.

A special international award went to Stevie Wonder, while The Who's guitarist Pete Townshend won the lifetime achievement award. The Clash, who led the punk explosion with the Sex Pistols and The Damned, were honoured for outstanding contribution to British music, 16 years after they broke up.

David, who at age 19 is regarded as one of Britain's most distinctive and talented singers, had a record six nominations at the Brit awards but did not win a single prize, which led some winning artists to criticise the judges. Yesterday he won the most sought-after award at the Novellos when his No 1 single "Seven Days" won the best contemporary song, beating competition from veterans U2 for "Beautiful Day" and singer-songwriter David Gray for "Please Forgive Me".

Southampton-born David shared the songwriter of the year award with his collaborator Mark Hill, and his contribution to the Artful Dodger hit "Woman Trouble" won the dance award.

Gray won another important award for best song musically and lyrically for his hit "Babylon". Other winners at the ceremony in the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, London, were Sonique, who won best international hit for "It Feels So Good", Roy Wood who won outstanding song collection and Iron Maiden for international achievement.

They write the songs...

* Best contemporary song ­ "Seven Days", Craig David.

* Best song musically and lyrically ­ "Babylon", David Gray.

* The Ivors dance awards ­ "Woman Trouble", Artful Dodger and Robbie Craig, featuring Craig David.

* Best original music for a television/radio broadcast ­ Gormenghast, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett.

* Best original film score ­ X-Men, Michael Kamen.

* PRS (Performing Rights Society) most performed work ­ "Pure Shores", All Saints.

* International hit of the year ­ "It feels so good", Sonique.

* Best-selling UK single ­ "Can we fix it?", Bob the Builder.

* PRS award for outstanding contribution to British music ­ The Clash.

* Outstanding song collection ­ Roy Wood.

* International achievement ­ Iron Maiden.

* Lifetime achievement ­ Pete Townshend.

* Songwriters of the year ­ Craig David and Mark Hill.

* The Academy fellowship ­ John Barry.

* Special international award ­ Stevie Wonder.

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