By Robyn Collins

Adele was crowned songwriter of the year at the 61st Ivor Novello Awards, Thursday (May 19) in London. The British superstar won with her third album, 25, which sold more than 15 million units across all markets in a matter of weeks at the end of 2015.  

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It’s Adele’s second time winning the Awards’ top prize. She won it in 2012 following the release of her record, 21. She also won Most Performed Work that year.

The singer, who is currently touring continental Europe to support her latest album, accepted her award in a video message played for guests at the Grosvenor House Hotel. “I won it on my last album as well… but I was secretly pregnant, so I didn’t enjoy the night too well,” she said, reported the BBC. “To win it this time is truly, truly humbling.”

While Adele took home the grand prize, the Lifetime Achievement award went to Blur and Gorrilaz frontman Damon Albarn. Blur guitarist Graham Coxon presented Albarn the award. “What is songwriting? What is it all about?” Albarn said after accepting his award. “True songwriters are people who are able to release themselves from something that’s really affected them by writing a song about it.”


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