- 23 Sep 20
The iconic artist joins a list of Fellows that includes Joan Armatrading, Elton John, Annie Lennox and Paul McCartney.
In recognition of "her peerless and enduring achievements in music", Kate Bush has been made a Fellow of The Ivors Academy. The announcement, made earlier today, is the highest honour that The Academy bestows – and sees Kate Bush joining the likes of Paul McCartney, Tim Rice, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Annie Lennox, Elton John and Joan Armatrading.
The Ivors Academy, which "exists to represent and champion music creators in the UK and Ireland", has appointed only 19 previous Fellowships in its 76-year history.
The Fellowship grants Kate Bush a life-time membership of the Academy, as well as a dedicated Ivor Novello Award.
“I feel really honoured to be given this fellowship by The Ivors Academy," Kate Bush remarked in a statement. "It means so very much to me. Thank you to all my family and friends and to everyone who has been there for me over the years. I’ll treasure this statue of Euterpe always and ask her to sit on my shoulder while I work.”
Annie Lennox, who was made a Fellow in 2015, revealed that she was "delighted beyond words" at the news: "I cannot think of anyone more deserving than the uniquely innovative singer songwriter, performer, producer and remarkable artist that she is. She is visionary and iconic and has made her own magical stamp upon the zeitgeist of the British cultural landscape.”
OutKast's Big Boi, a long-time Kate Bush fan, also commented on the announcement:
"Creative wise, she has been an influence on my life and my music," he said. "The depths of the production and lyricism of her music are unmatched, and I am very proud to be able to consider her to be my buddy. Love her!”
Crispin Hunt, Chair of The Ivors Academy, noted that "Kate's talent is incalculable, her achievements are peerless and artistry leaves you breathless."
"On behalf of all songwriters and composers, he continued, "The Ivors Academy is giving Kate the highest honour we can bestow as a heartfelt expression of our love and admiration.”