Emeli Sande wins two top UK singer-songwriter awards

Thu May 16, 2013 4:12pm EDT
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By Paul Casciato

LONDON (Reuters) - An invitation from the White House robbed Emeli Sande on Thursday of the chance to celebrate the latest mark of her success in an unstoppable rise to the front ranks of British female singers.

The Scottish singer-songwriter's "Next To Me" single won both the best song and most performed work categories at Britain's 58th Ivor Novello awards for songwriting, putting her on a par with some of Britain's biggest music names.

Her co-writers accepting the award for her said she was in the United States, preparing to perform for President Barack Obama and talent show "American Idol", signs she is set for more success in the U.S. market.

"I spoke to Emeli yesterday and she is just preparing herself for performing at the White House," said Anup Paul, one of three co-writers accepting the award at the ceremony in London.

Sande, who performed on a global stage at the opening ceremony of the London 2102 Olympics, tweeted her excitement from the United States.

"Woke up to the best news!!!!! 2 Ivor Novellos!!!!!," she wrote on Twitter. "Wish I could have been there, that would have been one excited speech!"

Gavin Rossdale, frontman of the British band Bush, who won for the Ivor for international achievement, said Sande was on the point of winning the kind of recognition that he and Grammy award-winning British singer Adele already enjoy.

"If anyone is primed for that kind of success it would be her because she's pretty amazing," Rossdale told Reuters. "Adele has done such an incredible job to open the doors."   Continued...

Scottish recording artist Emeli Sande performs at the 2013 Wango Tango concert at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California May 11, 2013. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok