Travis, Aguilera, Madonna Win Ivor Novello Awards

Songs from Travis, Madonna, Christina Aguilera, and Robbie Williams were among those honored on Thursday at the 45th Annual Ivor Novello Awards, accolades presented by the British Academy of Composers & Songwriters.

Paul McCartney, The Pet Shop Boys, Elton John, William Orbit, and Madness were also recognized with the awards, which were announced during a gala event at London's Grosvenor House, according to Reuters.

Travis frontman Fran Healy scored a pair of Novellos, as he was named Songwriter Of The Year, while the band's single "Why Does It Always Rain On Me?" from "The Man Who" album was selected as Best Contemporary Song.

William Orbit and Madonna shared an Ivor Novello Award for "Beautiful Stranger," a song from the "Austin Powers" film sequel that was recognized by the BACS' Performing Rights Society as the Most Performed Work from last year.

Aguilera's "Genie In A Bottle," a tune written by David Frank, Steve Kipner, and Pam Sheyne,

was honored as the International Hit Of The Year, while Robbie Williams' "Strong," a track the former Take That singer wrote with Guy Chambers, was named Best Song Musically And Lyrically.

The Pet Shop Boys' Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, who issued a new album, "Nightlife," just last year, picked up the Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution To British Music, and the reunited British ska-sters in Madness won Outstanding Song Collection for its 1999 "The Lot" box set.

Elton John and Tim Rice were awarded the International Achievement In Musical Theatre for their collaborative effort on "The Lion King," which is currently playing at London's West End. Paul McCartney won the most prestigious award of the evening, as the BACS named him as an official Academy Fellow for his almost 40-year career in music.

Nominations for this year's Ivor Novello Awards were announced last month (see "Madonna, Shania, Christina Up For U.K.

Songwriting Awards").