Sir Elton honoured for Diana tribute

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SIR ELTON John was honoured by the music industry for his Diana, Princess of Wales tribute song "Candle In The Wind 1997"- the biggest- selling single of all time.

He was presented with a Silver Ivor trophy along with his co-writer, the lyricist Bernie Taupin at the Ivor Novello awards yesterday. Sir Tim Rice, president of the British Academy of Songwriters Composers & Authors, handed over the award at the Grosvenor House hotel in London.

Radiohead scooped two of the top prizes. The band won the Best Contemporary Song prize for "Karma Police" at the country's leading awards ceremony for songwriting and composition. Its hit single "Paranoid Android" also won as Best Song Musically & Lyrically.

"Picture of You", the song co-written for the film Bean by Boyzone's Ronan Keating, was awarded Best Original Song for a Film or Broadcast.

Other winners included the film Romeo and Juliet, which was judged the Best Original Film Score and Olive's "You're Not Alone" being voted the Best Dance Music.

Sharleen Spiteri and John McElhone, of the Scottish band Texas, were commended for the Best Song Collection, Morrissey was presented with the Outstanding Contribution to British Music award and Richard Ashcroft of Verve was Songwriter of the Year.

The International Achievement award was won by Enya, Nicky Ryan and Roma Ryan. singer Sting's "I'll Be Missing You (Every Breath You Take)", performed by Puffdaddy, topped the poll for the Most Performed Work prize.

The Ivor Novello Awards are presented by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. The winners are chosen by committees of voters made up of composers from a range of musical genres.