Saturday, May 21, 2011

Paul Rodgers wins prestigious UK songwriters award

Paul Rodgers was honored for his outstanding contribution to British music at the prestigious Ivor Novello Awards, held on Wednesday in London.

The Ivors are presented annually to celebrate, honour and reward excellence in British music writing. The awards either celebrate artistic excellence in a specific work, exceptional performance figures in the award year or recognize the outstanding achievements of a particular songwriter or composer throughout their career.

Rodgers received the award from Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records, the first label to sign Paul and his band Free.

Paul went on to huge success with Bad Company in the 70s, before combining a solo career with stints in The Firm, The Law and, more recently, Queen.

Other past recipients include Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, David Bowie and Elton John.

The Ivors continue to be acknowledged as the most widely coveted awards for British songwriters and composers in the world. They are judged and presented by the songwriting and composing community.

Other winners at Wednesday’s gala included Muse, Steve Winwood, Plan B and The Villagers.

Rodgers recently completed a UK tour and will be playing the States throughout the month of July.

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