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Winehouse Wins Novello Award

"Rehab," the autobiographical top 10 single by Amy Winehouse, won best contemporary song Thursday at Britain's prestigious Ivor Novello songwriting awards.

Winehouse, known for her high-voltage personality and reputation for heavy drinking and smoking, said she wrote the song when she hit rock bottom after breaking up with her boyfriend, Blake Fielder-Civil, The Evening Standard reported.

The couple later reconciled and were married in Miami Beach, Fla., last week.

"Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not" by the Arctic Monkeys was named best album and "Elusive" by Scott Matthews won for best song.

Other winners include: "Sorry," by Madonna and Stuart Price, international hit of the year; and "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'," by Elton John, Scott Hoffman and Jason Sellards, which was covered recently by the Scissor Sisters, most performed work.

The Feeling received the songwriter of the year award and Peter Gabriel was honored for lifetime achievement.

The awards are presented by the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters. They are named for early 20th-century musician and songwriter Ivor Novello, who composed hits including "Keep the Home-Fires Burning" and "Well Gather Lilacs."

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