ABC/Alfonso BrescianiLionel Richie, Ed Sheeran and Billy Ocean were among the winners at this year’s Ivor Novello Awards, which honor and reward excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing.  The prestigious awards are judged by music creators.

At this year’s ceremony, held Thursday in London, Ed’s song “Shape of You” was named the Most Performed Work, meaning it’s been played the most on the radio, TV and other outlets.  Ed was also named Songwriter of the Year for creating “an exceptional body of work.”

Lionel won the Special International Award, while chart-topping Grammy winner Billy Ocean — who’s British, in case you’ve forgotten — was given the International Achievement Award.

Also taking home a special  honor — the Outstanding Song Collection award — was Cathy Dennis, a British songwriter who’s penned hits like Britney Spears‘ “Toxic” and Katy Perry‘s “I Kissed a Girl,” plus songs for Celine Dion and Janet Jackson, and numerous tracks for American Idol alums like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jordin Sparks, Clay Aiken, Kris Allen and David Cook.

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