Britney Spears’ Grammy-winning dance hit Toxic has strutted off with the Ivor Novello music award for most-performed work in Britain.
The 50th Ivor Novello Awards also saw the charity record, Band Aid 20’s Do They Know It’s Christmas? secure the prize for the country’s best-selling single.
Rapper and songwriter Mike Skinner grabbed the best song (music and lyrics) award for his song Dry Your Eyes.
But Skinner, a double nominee who also secured a nomination for Blinded by the Lights, was beaten out for the best contemporary song plaudits by Franz Ferdinand’s Take Me Out.
Elsewhere, Novello organizers honored the Cure lead singer Robert Smith with an international achievement award, while Duran Duran members Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, Andy Taylor, John Taylor and Roger Taylor were all honored for their outstanding contribution to British music.
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones received a special award for songwriting, and Lou Reed was honored with a special international award.
The awards are held in honor of Ivor Novello, the British musician and songwriter who died in 1951.


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