May 26, 2005

According to BrianMay.com, QUEEN today collected two major awards at the 50th Ivor Novello Awards, held this afternoon in London.

Given each year, The Ivors, presented by the British Academy of Composers & Songwriters in association with The Performing Rights Society (PRS),are given to celebrate British songwriting and acknowledge the music of the previous twelve months. It is the only British awards ceremony which specifically honors the songwriter.

QUEEN picked up one of the Ivor's most important awards, "Outstanding Song Collection", with which the Academy salutes the creator(s) of an outstanding body of work. QUEEN's Brian May and Roger Taylor collected the award from songwriter/producer Guy Chambers.

QUEEN's second award was for "Bohemian Rhapsody", which was voted "Song of the Decade 1975-1984" by the public through the U.K.'s most listened to radio station, BBC Radio 2. Unique to this year as part of the 50th anniversary of the Ivors, "Songs of the Decade" was devised by the Academy as an attempt to find the most influential songs of the last 50 years. The voting criteria were the song's influence on other writers, its originality and the effect it had on the time.

Check out pictures from today's Ivor Novello Awards at LFI.

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