Hozier has won an Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically for his global hit Take Me To Church. Belfast musician David Holmes has won the Best Original Film Score for his soundtrack for the film '71.

Their fellow Irishman Boy George also won an Ivor Novello for Outstanding Contribution to music at the ceremony which took place in London's Grosvenor House Hotel today, May 21.

Often called the music industry's Oscars, the awards are highly prized as they are voted for by fellow songwriters, and not the public or record labels.

There were also awards for Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne's Rather Be (Best Contemporary Song, Most Performed Work); Bombay Bicycle Club's So Long, See You Tomorrow (Album) and Natalie Holt and Martin Phipps' The Honourable Woman (Best TV Soundtrack).

Outstanding Song Collection went to Albert Hammond whose back catalogue includes The Air That I Breathe, When I Need You and It Never Rains In Southern California.