The Ivor Novello Awards 2020: Dave, Lewis Capaldi and Stormzy lead nominations

This year's Ivors sees 35 songwriters recognised for excellence across songs, albums, film, TV and video games.

The nominations for this year's Ivors with Apple Music have been announced.

The Ivors Academy - which recognises excellence in songwriting and screen composition across songs, albums, film, television and video games - has recognised 35 individual songwriters this year, including Stormzy, Dave, Kate Tempest, Sam Smith, Sam Fender and Little Simz. 

Among the nominees, listed in full below, are Nick Cave, Little Simz and Kate Tempest for Best Album, while The Crown series 3 and Euphoria are up for Best TV Soundtrack.

Dave's Black, which he performed at this year's BRIT Awards, is up for Best Contemporary song against JAE5 and J Hus's Must Be; and Stormzy, Jamie Cullum and Sam Fender will go head to head for the Best Song Musically and Lyrically prize. 

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Now in its 65th year, this year's ceremony is unable to go ahead due to Covid-19. The winners will instead be announced on September 2 by Matt Wilkinson on Beats 1 radio at 11am.

Crispin Hunt, Chair of The Ivors Academy said: “Our judges have recognised extraordinary works that reflect on all aspects of the human experience and demonstrate the power and importance of music, in all its forms. Everything begins with the creativity of the songwriter or composer, and this is the building block on which our industry rests.

"That is why these awards are so important because they celebrate this craft and talent. It is also fantastic to see nearly half of those recognised today nominated for an Ivor Novello Award for the very first time. Congratulations to everyone."

The Ivors with Apple Music nominations 2020

Best Album

Ghosteen - Written by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
Performed by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Published in the UK by Kobalt Music Publishing.

Grey Area - Written by Inflo and Little Simz
Performed by Little Simz. Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing.

The Book of Traps and Lessons - Written by Dan Carey and Kate Tempest
Performed by Kate Tempest. Published in the UK by Warner Chappell Music and Domino Publishing Company.


Best Contemporary Song

Black - Written by Dave and Fraser T Smith
Performed by Dave. Published in the UK by Warner Chappell Music and Kobalt Music Publishing.

Firesmoke - Written by Dan Carey and Kate Tempest
Performed by Kate Tempest. Published in the UK by Warner Chappell Music and Domino Publishing Company.

Must Be - Written by JAE5 and J Hus
Performed by J Hus. Published in the UK by Black Butter Music Publishing – Kobalt Music Publishing and Warner Chappell Music.


Best Original Film Score

For Sama - Composed by Nainita Desai
Published in the UK by Manners McDade Music Publishing.

Midsommar - Composed by Bobby Krlic
Published in the UK by Kobalt Music Publishing.

Monos - Composed by Mica Levi
Published in the UK by Beggars Music.

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 Song Musically and Lyrically

Age of Anxiety - Written and performed by Jamie Cullum
Published in the UK by Sentric Music Ltd.

Crown - Written by MJ Cole, Jimmy Napes and Stormzy
Performed by Stormzy. Published in the UK by Warner Chappell Music and Downtown Music Publishing.

Dead Boys - Written and performed by Sam Fender
Published in the UK by Kobalt Music Publishing.


Best Television Soundtrack

Euphoria - Composed by Labrinth
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing.

Rise of the Nazis - Composed by Tom Hodge
Published in the UK by BBC Studios Distribution Limited obo 72 Films Limited – Universal Music Publishing and Leland Originals Publishing – Decca Publishing.

The Crown (Series 3) - Composed by Martin Phipps
Published in the UK by Du Vinage Publishing and Sony/ATV Music Publishing.


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. Published in the UK by EMI Music Publishing, Downtown Music Publishing, Stellar Songs - EMI Music Publishing and Naughty Words - Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

Giant - Written by Calvin Harris, Jamie Hartman, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and Troy Miller
Performed by Calvin Harris and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man. Published in the UK by EMI Music Publishing, Reservoir Reverb Music, Warner Chappell Music and Bucks Music Group.

Hold Me While You Wait - Written by Lewis Capaldi, Jamie N Commons and Jamie Hartman
Performed by Lewis Capaldi. Published in the UK by BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing and Reservoir Reverb Music.

Rising Star Award with Apple Music

Amahla, Carmel Smickersgill, Griff, lullahush and Mysie.