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Plan B awarded three Ivor Novellos


Plan B's single She Said was this year's most-performed track

Plan B's single She Said was this year's most-performed track

Plan B's single She Said was this year's most-performed track

Plan B was a triple winner as he was rewarded for his songwriting prowess at the esteemed Ivor Novello Awards.

The rapper-turned-soul singer - real name Ben Drew - was named songwriter of the year at the event. His chart-topping release The Defamation Of Strickland Banks was named best album and his single She Said was the year's most-performed track.

Irish act Villagers took the prized "best song musically and lyrically" award for Becoming A Jackal, a song which failed to even chart when it was released.

The Mercury Prize-nominated act - essentially musician Conor O'Brien - gained wider exposure for the song with an appearance on BBC2's Later With Jools Holland a year ago.

Best contemporary song was snatched by double Brit-winner Tinie Tempah for his chart-topping single Pass Out. It beat the tracks Islands by The xx and Katy B's On A Mission.

Other winners included rock giants Muse who took the prize for international achievement at the event staged at London's Grosvenor House.

Dizzee Rascal, who has become a major chart star since winning the Mercury Prize in 2003 at the age of 19 with debut album Boy In Da Corner, was given the inspiration award.

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Stevie Winwood, who first found fame as a teenager in the Spencer Davis Group, was honoured as recipient of the outstanding song collection prize.

Accepting the prize for songwriter of the year, Plan B said: "I'm not in it for the money. I loved making this record. I feel I've proved it to myself and this proves it to the rest of the world."

He added: "I just want to promise that world that I'm not going to put out music I don't like that some record label is forcing me to put out."

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