Thursday’s Ivor Novello awards saw the rather dapper-looking Dizzee Rascal collect the Ivor’s Inspiration Award from Tinie Tempah, also a winner on the night. Tinie cited Dizzee as a big inspiration whose success allowed Tinie to believe he could achieve the same.
Winning the award for Best Contemporary Song for the smash that was ‘Pass Out’, Tinie allowed co-writer, producer and longtime friend Labrinth make the acceptance speech, since he was apparently ‘in the toilet’ when they were cleaning up at The Brit Awards earlier this year. The award tops off an amazing year for Tinie, who we knew was going to have a big impact as soon as we first heard ‘Pass Out’, as he has gained both commercial and critical acclaim in equal measure.
Man of the night though, definitely has to go to Plan B, as he built on his best male win at The Brits, by adding three Ivor’s (Songwriter Of The Year/Album Award for ‘The Defamation of Strickland Banks’/Most Performed Work for ‘She Said’) to his collection. Though the rapper is by no means new to accolades, these awards also came with glowing praise from Elton John, who described ‘The Defamation of Strickland Banks’ as the best album of recent years ‘by a million miles’.
All in all, a really strong and satisfying night of recognition from three very hard-working young men who have all helped to elevate the UK urban scene onto levels that nobody couldve dreamed it would have reached a few short years ago. Here’s to next year being a UK urban whitewash!