The Ivor Novello Awards are named after the Cardiff born entertainer Ivor Novello and are awards for songwriting and composing. They are presented annually in London (UK) by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) and were first introduced in 1955. Nicknamed 'The Ivors', the awards take place each May and are sponsored by PRS for Music and are respected worldwide as the major platform for recognising and rewarding Britain's songwriting and composing talents. The Ivors remain the only award ceremony in the musical calendar that is not influenced by publishers and record companies but judged and presented by the writing community. The Award itself is a solid bronze sculpture of Euterpe, the Muse of lyric poetry.
"Ordinary World" won an Ivor Novello Award in May 1994. The song was later included on the PRS 30: Unity Diversity Celebration album, a collection of songs that have won the Ivor Novello Award for The PRS Most Performed Work between 1990 and 2002.
At a luncheon in the Great Room at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 26 May 2005, Duran Duran were presented with The PRS Outstanding Contribution to British Music at the 2005 Ivor Novello Awards. The five original band members attended with close friends and family to receive the award.
The Performing Right Society and the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters take great pleasure with presenting Duran Duran with the PRS Outstanding Contribution to British Music Award at the 2005 50th Ivor Novello Awards Ceremony.
PRS is proud to have in its gift, the honour of presenting this award which has been in existence from 1978. Previous illustrious recipients include Elvis Costello, Chrissie Hynde, Morrissey, The Small Faces, The Clash, Kate Bush, Bryan Ferry and Errol Brown.
The Chairman and Board of PRS are delighted that Duran Duran receive this award which recognises their unique valued contribution to British music, and their continuing influence on a new generation of songwriters.