British singer/rapper Plan B was crowned king of the 2011 Ivor Novello Awards after picking up three top honours, including Songwriter of the Year, at the prizegiving ceremony on Thursday (19May11).
The London-born star - real name Ben Ballance-Drew - took home the most coveted gong at the prestigious event, and also scooped Best Album for The Defamation of Strickland Banks and Performing Right Society (Prs) Most Performed Work for his hit, She Said.
Other big winners included Muse, who were awarded the International Achievement honour, veteran musician Steve Winwood, for Outstanding Song Collection, and rapper Dizzee Rascal, who won the Inspiration Award.
Rock band Villagers landed the prize for Best Song Musically And Lyrically for Becoming A Jackal, hip-hop star Tinie Tempah received the Best Contemporary Song honour for Pass Out, and former Free singer Paul Rodgers was given the award for Most Outstanding Contribution to British Music.
Speaking at the ceremony, Drew admitted the Ivor Novellos are especially important because they're about creativity, insisting, "It's about the real talent, not about how many records I've sold."
The remaining winners at the ceremony were:
Special International Award - Stephen Sondheim
Classical Music Award - Michael Nyman
Best Television Soundtrack - Dan Jones for Any Human Heart
Best Original Film Score - John Powell for How To Train Your Dragon
Best Original Video Game Score - Napoleon: Total War.