Check Out the Nominees For 2020 Ivor Novello Awards

2020-07-20T15:53:04+00:00July 20th, 2020|

The nominations for the 2020 Ivor Novello songwriting awards are out, with Nick Cave, Storzmy, Kate Tempest and Little Simz leading the pack. The prestigious UK honor that recognizes the best songwriting of the year includes four double nominees, Tempest and producer Dan Carey for her album The Book of Traps and Lessons, producer/songwriter Jimmy Napes (for his work on Stormzy’s “Crown” and Sam Smith/Normani’s “Dancing With a Stranger”), as well as Jamie Hartman (Calvin Harris/Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s “Giant” and Lewis Capaldi’s “Hole Me While You Wait.”)

This year’s event will also feature the new Rising Star Award with Apple Music, with nods for Amahla, Carmel Smickersgill, Griff, lullahush and Mysie. The best contemporary song race will pit Dave (“Black”), against Tempest (“Firesmoke”) and J Hus’ (“Must Be”).

Check out the full list of nominees below.

Best Album:

Ghosteen — Written by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis; performed by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Grey Area — Written by Inflo and Little Simz; performed by Little Simz

The Book of Traps and Lessons — Written by Dan Carey and Kate Tempest; performed by Kate Tempest

Best Contemporary Song

“Black” — Written by Dave and Fraser T Smith; performed by Dave

“Firesmoke” — Written by Dan Carey and Kate Tempest; performed by Kate Tempest

“Must Be” — Written by JAE5 and J Hus; performed by J Hus

Best Song Musically and Lyrically

“Age of Anxiety” — Written and performed by Jamie Cullum

“Crown” — Written by MJ Cole, Jimmy Napes and Stormzy; performed by Stormzy

“Dead Boys” — Written and performed by Sam Fender

Best Original Film Score

For Sama — Composed by Nainita Desai

Midsommar — Composed by Bobby Krlic

Monos — Composed by Mica Levi

Best Original Video Game Score

Arise: A Simple Story — Composed by David Garcia Diaz

Draugen — Composed by Simon Poole

Lost Ember — Composed by Dorian Behner, John Broomhall and Will Morton

Best TV Soundtrack

Euphoria — Composed by Labrinth

Rise of the Nazis — Composed by Tom Hodge

The Crown (Series 3) — Composed by Martin Phipps

PRS for Music Most Performed Work

“Dancing with a Stranger” — Written by Mikkel Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith; performed by Sam Smith and Normani

“Giant” — Written by Calvin Harris, Jamie Hartman, Rag‘n’Bone Man and Troy Miller ; performed by Calvin Harris and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man

“Hold Me While You Wait” — Written by Lewis Capaldi, Jamie N Commons and Jamie Hartman; performed by Lewis Capaldi

Rising Star Award with Apple Music


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