Ivor Novello Award Nominations

The Ivor Novello Awards are given to celebrate great songwriting in a number of categories byUKartists. They are held in high regard as they are voted on by songwriters and composers so the award winners are being judged directly by their peers. The categories do not judge on many genres or styles but are more limited to what setting the work may appear.

 

 

 

This year’s nominations include Adele, Ed Sheeran and Lana Del Rey for three of the biggest selling singles in the UK or even including the US. This has not been the case in past years for the Ivor Novellos. It just happens that what has been selling well this year has actually been of a very high standard when it comes to songwriting.

 

The Ivors reward great songwriting and for me that entails, irrespective of genre or style, a song which can most effectively tell a story.

 

Ed Sheeran’s A Team tells the story of a school girl who has become dependent on hard drugs. Adele’s Rolling in the Deep and Someone Like You are stories of a relationship breaking up and Video Game is a story of frustrated love. Lana Del Rey is included because Video Game was co-written by Justin Parker from Lincoln. If we were to include the Australian Gotye’s Someone I used to know with these three, then you would probably have some of the finest storytelling style songs released in the past 10 years.

 

In previous years the awards have been dominated by alternate artists like Elbow, Muse, The XX and Villagers. There were all worthy winners, popular in their own genres but not at the very top of the pop charts. I think this years nominations show that pop music has made a turn back towards acoustic instrumental arrangements and the storytelling type of song which brings longevity to an artist’s career. This is part I’m sure of consumers tastes but also I’m sure a change to record companies supporting artists who will last longer than just one album with a top-selling single.

 

Here is a full list of the awards nominations announced today by www.theivors.com

 

Best Song Musically and Lyrically:
Rolling In The Deep – Adele
Shake It Out – Florence + The Machine
The A Team – Ed Sheeran

Best Contemporary Song:
Promises – Nero
The Wilhelm Scream – James Blake
Video Games – Lana Del Rey

Best Original Film Score:
Life In A Day – Harry Gregson-Williams and Matthew Herbert
The First Grader – Alex Heffes
We Need To Talk About Kevin – Jonny Greenwood

Best Television Soundtrack:
Leonardo – Mark Russell
Page Eight – Paul Englishby
The Shadow Line – Martin Phipps

PRS for Music Most Performed Work:
Rolling In The Deep – Adele
Someone Like You – Adele
The Flood – Take That

Album Award:
21 – Adele
50 Words For Snow – Kate Bush
LetEngland Shake – PJHarvey

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