Elton John World News: The Latest Developments Concerning The Rocket Man And A Rapper

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Friday 20 May 2011 @ 16:54 - GMT

The Ivor Novello Awards are named after the Cardiff born entertainer Ivor Novello, and recognise are presented annually in London by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.

At the 56th such event last night, Plan B (whose real real name is Ben Drew) nabbed three prizes. They included best songwriter presented by Sir Elton and best album.

He also won most performed song for She Said, telling the audience the more popular it became, the more he hated it.

As Elton handed the younger singer his award, he said The Defamation of Strickland Banks was the best album of recent years by a million miles.

He also added Ive played it so many times, Ive bought countless copies, Ive given it to friends, Ive worn it out.

Plan B is celebrating his Ivor Novello success by releasing a reworked version of his hit Hard Times, featuring Elton. 

He released the revamped track on iTunes immediately after the gala.

Proceeds from the single, which also features singer Paloma Faith, will benefit relief charities in Pakistan and Japan.

Taking to his Twitter.com page to announce the release, Drew writes, "Hey peeps now iv got ur attn (attention) & coz Three is a magic number #theivors #theivors #theivors heres what im askin you to do... #1 #2 #3 ready?

"(Number) 1 Please do keep donating to the Pakistan Floods Appeal via @OxfamGB . (Number) 2 Please donate to the Japan Quake-Tsunami Appeal via @BritishRedCross... (Number) 3 Check out #HardTimes ft (featuring) Elton John & @PalomaFaith."

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