Brian May talks ‘Eurovision’ – presents Black Sabbath Award: 2015 Ivors


The 60th Ivor Novello Awards on Thursday 21 May 2015 at the Grosvenor House, London.
11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Brian and Anita attend the 60th Anniversary of the Ivor Novello Awards today. Brian spoke about the Eurovision Song Contest….

DAILY ECHO writes: Queen’s Brian May stepped out with wife Anita Dobson, and was happy to talk about the latest hot topic – the Eurovision Song Contest – saying there had been some “great songs” over the years, and some not so great.

He said: “It’s been very patchy the Eurovision Song Contest. I remember when I was younger thinking why don’t the Beatles just put all their songs in there and win all the prizes. I suppose there’s a very trite formula to win but there’s been some great songs.”

Brian went on to say: “Abba notably scored a success with a song that is immortal. A lot of people say Abba, it’s not rock and roll. But if you write a great song it’s a great song forever.”

Here is a ‘Red Carpet’ photo.

Brian May and Anita Dobson - Ivors
Photo (Ian West/PA)

M MAGAZINE ‘as it happened’ account:

Brian also presented an award to Black Sabbath:


Now Brian May is on the stage – this is for the Lifetime Achievement Award.


This goes to Black Sabbath and all band members are on stage apart from Ozzy.


Brian May on Sabbath: ‘They really rewrote the way that songs were written.’

‘Black Sabbath are THE originators (of metal).’


Bill Ward from Sabbath with some advice for new bands: ‘Have courage, take risks, then fall on your ass and get up again.’