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Noel Gallagher on mainstream songwriting: 'How have eight of you wrote this song?'

Musician Noel Gallagher has revealed that he was surprised when Emeli Sandé won the Best Song Musically and Lyrically at the Ivor Novello Awards in 2013 for 'Next To Me' because a large group of writers descended to the stage to collect the prize. 

During a recent interview Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio 6 Music, he explained that it baffles him to think a whole team of people need to be assembled in order for a song to be written:

"Eight people got an award for it. Eight people? I was sat there saying to Ray [Davies], ‘How do eight people write a song? If I try to write a song with someone else, it freaks me out.’ I was compelled to go to [their] table and say to them, ‘How have eight of you wrote this song?'"

He added: “And I’m saying, here’s a question for ya, ‘What’s Emeli Sandé doing when all this is going on?’ ‘Oh, she’s at the White House.’ It blows my mind.”

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