Gambaccini to host music awards

Hampshire Chronicle: Paul Gambaccini will host the Ivor Novello Awards Paul Gambaccini will host the Ivor Novello Awards

DJ Paul Gambaccini is to host a high-profile music awards this year more than six months after his arrest as part of Operation Yewtree.

The broadcaster was arrested by the Metropolitan Police in October as part of the force's investigation into historic sexual offences.

Gambaccini, who denied the allegations after his arrest and remains on police bail, will present the Ivor Novello Awards next month.

He stepped down from his weekly BBC Radio 2 show after the arrest.

The awards pit stars including John Newman and critically-acclaimed trio London Grammar against each other for the prestigious songwriting gongs.

Other nominees include l ast year's Mercury Award winner James Blake, Brit Award winner Sam Smith, and Olly Murs, whose track Troublemaker is in the running to win the award for most performed song.

The annual awards, presented by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA), are highly prized because they are voted for by songwriters and composers.

They will be presented at a ceremony in London's Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane on Thursday May 22.

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