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Harry Styles leads the nominations for Ivor Novello Awards

Written by on 09/08/2021

Harry Styles, Celeste, Lewis Capaldi and Arlo Parks are among the nominees announced for this year’s Ivor Novello Awards.

Former One Direction star Styles and writing partner Kid Harpoon lead the way with three nominations in two categories at the awards, which recognise creative musical achievement in songwriting and composition, and also celebrate a number of artists for their wider contribution to UK music.

Watermelon Sugar, also a Grammy and Brit-winning song, and Adore You, both part-written by the pair, are on the Ivor Novello 2021 shortlist for the PRS for Music prize for most performed work, while the musicians themselves are also in the running for the songwriter of the year award.

Arlo Parks is nominated for an Ivor Novello award for her song Black Dog. Pic: Ivors Academy
Image: Arlo Parks is nominated for her 2020 single, Black Dog. Pic: Ivors Academy

Fellow Brit-winner Capaldi also has two songs up for the PRS award, Before You Go and Someone You Loved, with Joel Corry and MNEK’s number one hit Head & Heart making up the shortlist.

Other artists nominated for songwriter of the year are AJ Tracey, Celeste and Jamie Hartman, Kamille and MNEK.

Some 70% of this year’s nominees are artists and songwriters who have been recognised for the first time, organisers of the awards said, including AJ Tracey, Laura Marling and Mahalia.

Arlo Parks, who won best new artist at the Brit Awards earlier this year and is also nominated for the Mercury Prize, picks up her first nomination for Black Dog in the category for best song musically and lyrically.

She faces competition from Brit Rising Star 2020 winner Celeste – also nominated for the Mercury Prize – for her track Stop This Flame, as well as Man’s World by Marina, formerly Marina And The Diamonds.

Headie One & Fred again..’s song Gang, and God’s Own Children by Obongjayar are also nominated.

MNEK is among the nominees for the 2021 Ivor Novello Awards. Pic: balugamedia/ Ivors Academy
Image: MNEK is up for two prizes. Pic: balugamedia/ Ivors Academy

Pa Salieu is nominated for two awards – best album, for Send Them to Coventry, and best contemporary song for Energy, featuring Mahalia.

Lianne La Havas is also up for best album for her self-titled third record with co-writer Matthew Hales, nine years after she was last nominated for her debut.

And in the nominations for best soundtrack, the shortlist features original music from fan favourites including Noughts + Crosses, A Suitable Boy and The Trial of the Chicago 7.

All Saints star Shaznay Lewis, an Ivor Novello award winner and chair of The Ivors Awards committee, congratulated all the nominees and said she was “really delighted” that the majority have been shortlisted for the first time.

“Over the last year we’ve felt the power of songwriting and the stories told through music,” she said. “The Ivors are so important because they celebrate where all the music begins – with songwriters and composers.

“The judges have chosen a selection of exceptional music that moves, unites and inspires us.”

Winners will be announced at a ceremony at Grosvenor House in London on 21 September.

Last year’s winners included Dave, Little Simz, Calvin Harris, Labrinth and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, while Joan Armatrading was awarded the Academy Fellowship.

The nominees in full

Lianne La Havas is among the Ivor Novello Awards 2021 nominees. Pic: Ivors Academy
Image: Lianne La Havas is nominated for best album for her third record, which is self-titled. Pic: Ivors Academy

Best Album

• A Hero’s Death by Fontaines DC – written by Grian Chatten, Thomas Coll, Conor Curley, Conor Deegan and Carlos O’Connell

• Lianne La Havas by Lianne La Havas – written by Matthew Hales and Lianne La Havas

• Send Them To Coventry by Pa Salieu – written by Felix Joseph, Alastair O’Donnell and Pa Salieu

• Song For Our Daughter by Laura Marling – written by Laura Marling

• What Kinda Music by Tom Misch + Yussef Dayes – written by Yussef Dayes, Tom Misch and Rocco Palladino

Pa Salieu is among the nominees for this year's Ivor Novello Awards. Pic: Aliyah Otchere/Ivors Academy
Image: Pa Salieu is up for best album and best contemporary song. Pic: Aliyah Otchere/Ivors Academy

Best Contemporary Song

• Children Of The Internet by Future Utopia featuring Dave & Es Devlin – written by Dave and Fraser T Smith

• Daisy by Ashnikko – written by Ashnikko and Slinger

• Energy by Pa Salieu featuring Mahalia – written by Kwes Darko, Felix Joseph, Mahalia, Alastair O’Donnell and Pa Salieu

• Give Me A Reason by Rachel Chinouriri – written by Rachel Chinouriri and Tom Henry

• Top Scheme by For Those I Love – written by David Balfe

Best Original Film Score

• Calm With Horses – composed by Blanck Mass

• Four Kids And It – composed by Anne Nikitin

• Saint Maud – composed by Adam Janota Bzowski

• The Trial Of The Chicago 7 – composed by Daniel Pemberton

• Two By Two: Overboard! – composed by Craig Stuart Garfinkle and Eimear Noone

Marina is nominated for an Ivor Novello Award. Pic: COUGHS/ Ivors Academy
Image: Marina, formerly Marina And The Diamonds, is in the running for best song. Pic: COUGHS/ Ivors Academy

Best Song Musically And Lyrically

• Black Dog by Arlo Parks – written by Gianluca Buccellati and Arlo Parks

• Gang by Headie One & Fred again.. – written by Fred again.. and Headie One

• God’s Own Children by Obongjayar – written by Barney Lister and Obongjayar

• Man’s World by Marina – written by Marina

• Stop This Flame by Celeste – written by Celeste and Jamie Hartman

Best Original Video Game Score

• Ghost Of Tsushima – composed by Ilan Eshkeri and Shigeru Umebayashi

• Little Orpheus – composed by Jessica Curry and Tim Fowler

• Ori And The Will Of The Wisps – composed by Gareth Coker

Matthew Herbert composed the score for TV series Noughts + Crosses. Pic: Ivors Academy
Image: Matthew Herbert composed the score for TV series Noughts + Crosses. Pic: Ivors Academy

Best Television Soundtrack

• A Suitable Boy – composed by Alex Heffes and Anoushka Shankar

• Devs – composed by Geoff Barrow, Ben Salisbury and The Insects

• Dracula – composed by David Arnold and Michael Price

• Noughts + Crosses – composed by Matthew Herbert

• Us – composed by Oli Julian

PRS For Music Most Performed Work

• Adore You by Harry Styles – written by Amy Allen, Tyler Johnson, Kid Harpoon and Harry Styles

• Before You Go by Lewis Capaldi – written by Tom Barnes, Lewis Capaldi, Pete Kelleher, Ben Kohn and Phil Plested

• Head & Heart by Joel Corry featuring MNEK – written by Jonathan Courtidis, Dan Dare and Robert Harvey

• Someone You Loved by Lewis Capaldi – written by Tom Barnes, Lewis Capaldi, Pete Kelleher, Ben Kohn and Sam Roman

• Watermelon Sugar by Harry Styles – written by Tyler Johnson, Kid Harpoon, Mitchell Rowland and Harry Styles

Celeste is nominated for two Ivor Novello awards alongside her songwriting partner Jamie Hartman. Pic: Ivors Academy
Image: Celeste is nominated for two gongs alongside her songwriting partner Jamie Hartman. Pic: Ivors Academy

Songwriter Of The Year

• AJ Tracey

• Celeste and Jamie Hartman

• Kamille

• Kid Harpoon and Harry Styles

• MNEK

Rising Star Award with Apple Music

• Allegra

• Holly Humberstone

• Kamal

• Rachel Chinouriri

• Willow Kayne

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