Brian Wilson, the musical genius behind the Beach Boys, is to perform his unreleased masterpiece album Smile for the first time at a show in London next year. Wilson was in the capital yesterday to be honoured at the Ivor Novello music awards, which recognise song-writing talent.
After the ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, it was revealed he would perform Smile - often described as the most famous album never made - during a British tour in February and March. The first rendition of the album, which was to have been the follow-up to the classic Pet Sounds, will be at Royal Festival Hall.
Wilson began developing Smile in 1966 and hoped it would be a "teenage symphony to God". But the other Beach Boys are said to have found the idea too avant garde.
It has never been clear why Smile was not released. Some have said Wilson became dispirited after he heard The Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967 and decided to drop the project.
Some of the tracks from Smile were later released and others appeared on bootleg. But its first live performance will be a historic moment.
The Ivor Novello awards honoured Coldplay as Songwriters of the Year, adding to the array of gongs they collected at the Grammys and the Brits. Chris Martin's band was praised for its second album, A Rush of Blood to the Head.
Singer songwriter David Gray took the award for Best Song of the Year for "The Other Side", beating the Noel Gallagher-composed Oasis track "Stop Crying Your Heart Out" and Aqualung's "Strange and Beautiful".
The Streets' "Weak Become Heroes" won Best Contemporary Song. It was a rare awards success for The Streets - real name Mike Skinner - who had been previously overlooked despite being nominated at the Brits and the Mercury Music Prize ceremonies for his debut album, Original Pirate Material.
The Ivors honoured a number of music business luminaries for their achievements over the decades. U2 received an award for their "outstanding song collection". Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry received an Ivor for his outstanding contribution to British music, while Birmingham's UB40 accepted an international achievement award to mark their success overseas.
* At a separate ceremony, at the Royal Albert Hall, opera singer Andrea Bocelli received two Classical Brit awards for his album Sentimento. Sir Simon Rattle also won two.
* Songwriters of the year - COLDPLAY
* Best song musically and lyrically - The Other Side, DAVID GRAY
* Best contemporary song - Weak Become Heroes, THE STREETS
* Special international award - BRIAN WILSON
* Most performed work - Just a Little, LIBERTY X
* Best-selling UK single - Anything is Possible, WILL YOUNG
* International hit of the year - Complicated, AVRIL LAVIGNE
* Ivors dance award - Lazy, X-PRESS 2 FEATURING DAVID BYRNE
* Best original film score - The Quiet American, CRAIG ARMSTRONG
* Best original TV music - Seltham Sings, DEXTROUS/SIMON ARMITAGE
* Outstanding contribution to British Music - BRYAN FERRY
* Ivors classical music award - Boots of Lead, SIMON HOLT
* International achievement - UB40
* Outstanding song collection - U2Reuse content