Ivor Novellos – a good year for rap but too few women

The shortlist for this year’s Ivor Novello Awards has been announced and UK rappers Stormzy and Dave are going head to head.

In something of a breakthrough for rap, the pair have been recognised for their deep and influential hits, Stormzy’s Don’t Cry for Me and Dave’s Question Time. Stormzy is also nominated in the Album Award category, with his collection of UK chart toppers, Gang Signs & Prayer.

Don’t Cry for Me tells the story of the difficult and complex relationship Stormzy has with the area in South London where he grew up, while Question Time is quite the political challenger, condemning Theresa May for the UK’s involvement in Syria, her response to the Grenfell Tower fire and the state of the NHS.

The Ivors (now in their 63rd year) celebrate, honour and reward excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing. While this year’s shortlist recognises rap and black artists, women are still starkly under-represented; just three of the 43 names on the nomination list are female.

There’s also no surprise to see Ed Sheeran also making the shortlist, with his songs, Castle on the Hill, and Shape of You both making the PRS for Music Most Performed Work table.

Paddington 2 is up for the Best Original Film Score, while Babs is shortlisted for Best TV Soundtrack.

The Ivors are presented by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors and PRS for Music. The ceremony takes place at Grosvenor House on 31 May and awards will be presented by Paul Gambaccini, who has handed out the gongs for 31 years.

Nominations

Best Song Musically and Lyrically

Can’t Do
Written by Jonathan Higgs, Jeremy Pritchard, Alex Robertshaw and Michael Spearman
Published in the UK by Black Butter Music Publishing – BMG
Performed by Everything Everything

 

Magnificent (She Says)
Written by Guy Garvey, Craig Potter, Mark Potter and Pete Turner
Published in the UK by Salvation Music Ltd – Warner/Chappell Music Publishing Ltd
Performed by Elbow

 

(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano
Written by Sampha
Published in the UK by Beggars Music – Young Turks Music
Performed by Sampha

 

Best Contemporary Song

Cola
Written by Michael di Scala, Alexander Kotz AKA Elderbrook and Dave Whelan
Published in the UK by Defected Music Ltd and Black Butter Music Publishing – BMG
Performed by CamelPhat and Elderbrook

 

Don’t Cry For Me
Written by Michael ‘Stormzy’ Omari, Varren Wade and Wizzy Wow
Published in the UK by Warner/Chappell Music Ltd, Bucks Music Group and Wardlaw Music
Performed by Stormzy ft. Raleigh Ritchie

 

Question Time
Written by Dave and Fraser T Smith
Published in the UK by Warner/Chappell Music Ltd and Kobalt Music Publishing
Performed by Dave

 

PRS for Music Most Performed Work

Castle on the Hill
Written by Benny Blanco and Ed Sheeran
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing and Ed Sheeran Limited – Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Ltd
Performed by Ed Sheeran

 

Human
Written by Jamie Hartman and Rag ΄n΄ Bone Man
Published in the UK by Reservoir Reverb Music and Warner/Chappell Music Ltd
Performed by Rag ΄n΄ Bone Man

 

Shape of You 
Written by Steve Mac, Johnny McDaid and Ed Sheeran
Published in the UK by Rokstone Music – Universal Music Publishing, Spirit B-Unique – Polar Patrol and Ed Sheeran Limited – Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Ltd
Performed by Ed Sheeran

 

Album Award

A Fever Dream 
Written by Jonathan Higgs, Jeremy Pritchard, Alex Robertshaw and Michael Spearman
Published in the UK by Black Butter Music Publishing – BMG
Performed by Everything Everything

 

Gang Signs & Prayer
Written by Michael ‘Stormzy’ Omari
Published in the UK by Warner/Chappell Music Ltd
Performed by Stormzy

 

Moonshine Freeze
Written by Kate Stables
Published in the UK by Beggars Music – 4AD Songs
Performed by This is the Kit

 

Best Original Film Score

IT
Composed by Benjamin Wallfisch
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing

 

Jackie
Composed by Mica Levi
Published in the UK by Beggars Music

 

Paddington 2
Composed by Dario Marianelli
Published in the UK by Studiocanal

 

Best Television Soundtrack

Babs
Composed by Rob Lane
Published in the UK by Du Vinage Publishing

 

SS-GB 
Composed by Dan Jones
Published in the UK by Faber Music and Universal Music Publishing

 

The Miniaturist 
Composed by Dan Jones
Published in the UK by Faber Music and Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Ltd

 

Best Original Video Game Score

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice 
Composed by David Garcia Diaz and Andy LaPlegua

 

Horizon Zero Dawn
Composed by Joris de Man, Joe Henson and Alexis Smith

 

Life is Strange: Before the Storm 
Composed by Igor Haefeli and Elena Tonra
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing

 

To find out more, visit www.theivors.com