May 24 wasn’t such a beautiful day for U2, who lost Best Contemporary Song
honors to English R&B crooner Craig David at the 46th Annual Ivor Novello
Awards ceremony, which was held at the Grosvenor House in London.
The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters presented the event, and
during the evening David won three awards. He received the aforementioned
Best Contemporary Song for “Seven Days,” beating out U2’s “Beautiful Day”
and David Gray’s “Please Forgive Me.” He also took home the Ivor Dance Award
for “Woman Trouble,” a song which earned the singer and co-writer Mark Hill the Songwriter of the Year trophy as well.
Although David Gray was beaten out for Best Contemporary Song, he won Best
Song Musically and Lyrically for “Babylon,” beating Coldplay’s “Trouble” and
S Club 7’s oh-so-poignant “Never Had a Dream Come True.”
Other awards went to All Saints (Performing Rights Society’s Most Performed Work for “Pure Shores”), classical composer and Metallica collaborator Michael Kamen (Best
Original Film Score for “X-Men”) and Sonique (International Hit of the Year
for “It Feels So Good”).
Who guitarist Pete Townshend was given the Lifetime Achievement Award and Stevie
Wonder won the Special International Award.