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  • 23 May 2014, 8:31

Ivor Novello: Songwriting Stars Honoured

Christine McVie, Mumford & Sons and Jeff Beck were among the winners at the 59th Ivor Novello Awards.

The 2014 ceremony, staged in London, honoured Fleetwood Mac singer-songwriter McVie with a Lifetime Achievement award.

Mumford & Sons were recognised for International Achievement, while guitarist Jeff Beck, who had a stint with The Yardbirds and has worked with Stevie Wonder, was awarded for Outstanding Contribution to British Music.

The annual awards - presented for the 27th year by DJ Paul Gambaccini at the Grosvenor House Hotel - are voted by songwriters and composers.

Strong by London Grammar claimed the Best Song Musically and Lyrically prize; James Blake's Retrograde scooped Best Contemporary Song.

Tom Odell, whose hits include Another Love, was crowned Songwriter of the Year.

Specials songwriter Jerry Dammers won the Ivors Inspiration Award decades after his song Nelson Mandela became an anti-apartheid anthem.

Other winners included The Chemical Brothers, Nile Rodgers, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and John McCabe.

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