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James Blunt's Coldplay at 2006 Ivor Novello Awards
- Singer calls critics 'bastards' in acceptance speech

JAMES BLUNT swept the 51st annual Ivor Novello Awards in London last night (25.05.06) - leaving Coldplay empty handed.

The singer scooped up two prestigious Ivors for Most Performed Work and International Hit of the Year, for his worldwide hit You're Beautiful, at the ceremony - which honours songwriters - held at the plush Grosvenor Hotel.

The 31-year-old blasted his critics as he accepted the accolade forMost Performed Work.

He said: "To all those b*****s who don't like my music - you're all adults, you can switch your radio off."

Coldplay, fronted by Chris Martin, were up for three accolades but having lost two to Blunt, they could only sit and watch the third accolade - for the Best Song Musically and Lyrically - go to Scottish singer KT Tunstall for her hit Suddenly I See.

Other winners included Pop Idol winner Shayne Ward who won the prize for Best Selling UK Single, while legendary British band New Order received the award for Outstanding Song Collection.

Complete winners list for 2005 Ivor Novello Awards:

Best Song Musically & Lyrically: KT Tunstall - Suddenly I See
Most Performed Work: James Blunt - You're Beautiful
Best Television Soundtrack: Rob Lane - Elizabeth I
Outstanding Song Collection: New Order
Best Selling UK Single: Shayne Ward - That's My Goal
Best Album: Kaiser Chiefs - Employment
The Ivors Classical Music Award: Sir Harrison Birtwistle
International Hit of The Year: James Blunt - You're Beautiful
Best Original Film Score: Evil
Best Contemporary Song: Athlete - Wires
International Achievement: Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull)
Songwriters of the Year: Damon Albarn, Jamie Hewlett (Gorillaz)
PRS Outstanding Contribution to British Music: Ray Davies
The Academy Fellowship: Barry Gibb and Maurice Gibb (Posthumous), Robin Gibb
(The Bee Gees)

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