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Tuesday, 19 June, 2001, 07:20 GMT 08:20 UK
Awards recognise young tunesmiths
M&S Presents The Girl Next Door
M&S Presents The Girl Next Door: received a writers' award
Young songwriters working with Hear'Say, Gorrillaz and Spice Girl Emma Bunton were among those honoured by the British Academy of Songwriters & Composers on Monday.

The Chart Newcomer Awards at London's Landmark Hotel go to young British songwriters whose songs have entered the top 20 for the first time.

Emma Bunton
Bunton scored a number one with her last single
Presenting the awards for March and April 2001 were DJ Mike Read, film composer Debbie Wiseman and songwriters Kim Appleby, Peter Starstedt and Nicky Graham.

Also presenting an award was Natasha Brice, star of the film Fifth Element - who sang on one of the award-winning songs, Salsoul Nugget (If You Wanna) by M&S Presents The Girl Next Door.

Brice told BBC New Online: "It's important that songwriters get recognition.

"It's the most fundamental part of the whole thing - without songwriters there's nothing."

This was the second Chart Newcomer Awards ceremony, which was initiated earlier this year.

Chart Newcomer Award winners:

Tim Hawes and Pete Kirtley, two of the writers behind the number one smash Pure & Simple by ITV's popstars group Hear'Say.

Hear'Say
Hear'Say's first single broke sales records
Vanya Raeburn & Merlin for the song Mr DJ by Blackout.

Jamie Hewlett, for the song Clint Eastwood, co-composed with Damon Albarn & Del Tha Funky Homosapien for Gorrillaz.

Martin Harrington, one of the composing team for Emma Bunton's hit What Took You So Long.

Simon Woodgate & Pete Spring, for the Tweenies' hit Best Friends Forever.

Ricky Morrison, Fran Sidoli and Dan Parry for composing, with Catherine Ellis, Salsoul Nugget (If You Wanna) by M&S Presents The Girl Next Door.

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