Skepta, Adele and Coldplay lead the nominations for the Ivor Novello Awards 2017.
The list of nominees was announced by BASCA in association with PRS For Music this morning (April 19) at an event in central London.
First to be unveiled was Michael Kiwanuka’s Black Man In A White World, which was nominated in the category for Best Song Musically And Lyrically. The Polydor-signed artist’s track, written by Kiwanuka and Dean ‘Inflo’ Josiah Cover, is up against Laura Mvula’s Overcome (feat. Nile Rodgers) and Telomere by Mystery Jets.
A$AP Rocky and Mura Masa’s Love$ick will go head-to-head with Skepta’s Man and Sexual by Neiked (feat. Dyo) in the Best Contemporary Song category. The Album Award will be contested by Kiwanuka, for Love & Hate, Nick Cave’s Skeleton Tree and Mvula’s The Dreaming Room.
Coldplay have two songs – Adventure Of A Lifetime and Hymn For The Weekend – contesting the PRS For Music award for Most Performed Work. Adele’s When We Were Young, written with Los Angeles-based songwriter Tobias Jesso Jr, is in the same category.
High-Rise, Kubo And The Two Strings and My Scientology Movie are up for Best Original Film Score, while Best Televison Soundtrack sees The Collection up against The Witness For The Prosecution and War And Peace.
The winners will be announced on May 18 at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. There will also be honours for International Achievement, Lifetime Achievement, Outstanding Song Collection, PRS For Music Outstanding Contribution To British Music, PRS For Music Special International Award, Songwriter Of The Year, The Ivors Jazz Award and The Ivors Inspiration Award.
BASCA chair Crispin Hunt said: “BASCA’s nominations for the 62nd Ivor Novello Awards are as diverse and impressive as the contemporary UK music scene itself. As the only peer nominated music award ceremony in the country, we’re especially thrilled to be honouring such a cool selection of both emerging and established nominees; they are the true architects of the music we love, and reflect the creative global force that is British music writing. Our congratulations go out to everyone nominated today.”
Villagers, James Bay and Snakehips were among the winners at last year’s event.