Nominations announced for the 2018 Ivor Novello Awards

The Ivors are presented by BASCA in association with PRS for Music

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BASCA, in association with PRS for Music, announce the songwriters and composers nominated for the 63rd Ivor Novello Awards [The Ivors].

The Ivors celebrate, honour and reward excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing. Presented and judged by music creators they represent the pinnacle of musical achievement and peer recognition.

Works eligible for this year’s awards were commercially released in the UK in 2017 and have a British or Irish songwriting or composing contribution of at least one third.

Best Song Musically and Lyrically recognises excellence in songwriting craft, whilst Best Contemporary Song recognises outstanding originality in songwriting. PRS for Music Most Performed Work is compiled and title sponsored by The Ivors sponsor and credits works that received the most broadcast, online and general performance in the UK during 2017. The Album Award recognises exceptional songwriting and consistency across an album as a whole.

Best Original Film Score and Best Television Soundtrack recognise outstanding original composition for a feature film and television programme respectively. This year BASCA revived Best Original Video Game Score which recognises outstanding composition for a video game. It has been bought back to celebrate the talent working in a major sector of British composing. The quantity and quality of UK based composers working in games is in rude health and BASCA wanted to recognise such a strong area of the industry accordingly.

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BASCA's nominations for the 2018 Ivor Novello Awards are, as ever, a mirror of the eclectic and inspirational reach of current UK music. The Ivors purpose is to recognise and celebrate excellence in British and Irish music writing across Song, Album, Television, Film and this year, Video Games.  As the only peer nominated music award ceremony in the country, The Ivors are inherently about musical merit and communication more than promotion and we’re especially excited to be able to honour some of the phenomenal talents of the contemporary British music writing scene. Talent admired the world over. Our congratulations go out to everyone nominated today, it’s fully deserved.

Crispin Hunt, BASCA Chair

The 2018 Ivor Novello Award nominations are:

BEST SONG MUSICALLY AND LYRICALLY

Can’t Do
Written by Jonathan Higgs, Jeremy Pritchard, Alex Robertshaw and Michael Spearman
Performed by Everything Everything
Published in the UK by Black Butter Music Publishing – BMG
Magnificent (She Says)
Written by Guy Garvey, Craig Potter, Mark Potter and Pete Turner
Performed by Elbow
Published in the UK by Salvation Music Ltd - Warner/Chappell Music Publishing Ltd
(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano
Written by Sampha 
Performed by Sampha
Published in the UK by Beggars Music - Young Turks Music

BEST CONTEMPORARY SONG

Cola
Written by Michael di Scala, Alexander Kotz AKA Elderbrook and Dave Whelan
Performed by CamelPhat and Elderbrook
Published in the UK by Defected Music Ltd and Black Butter Music Publishing – BMG
Don’t Cry For Me
Written by Michael 'Stormzy' Omari, Varren Wade and Wizzy Wow
Performed by Stormzy ft. Raleigh Ritchie
Published in the UK by Warner/Chappell Music Ltd, Bucks Music Group and Wardlaw Music
Question Time
Written by Dave and Fraser T Smith
Performed by Dave
Published in the UK by Warner/Chappell Music Ltd and Kobalt Music Publishing

PRS FOR MUSIC MOST PERFORMED WORK

Castle on the Hill
Written by Benny Blanco and Ed Sheeran
Performed by Ed Sheeran
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing and Ed Sheeran Limited - Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Ltd
Human
Written by Jamie Hartman and Rag ΄n΄ Bone Man
Performed by Rag ΄n΄ Bone Man
Published in the UK by Reservoir Reverb Music and Warner/Chappell Music Ltd
Shape of You
Written by Steve Mac, Johnny McDaid and Ed Sheeran
Performed by 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

ALBUM AWARD

A Fever Dream
Written by Jonathan Higgs, Jeremy Pritchard, Alex Robertshaw and Michael Spearman
Performed by Everything Everything
Published in the UK by Black Butter Music Publishing - BMG
Gang Signs & Prayer
Written by Michael 'Stormzy' Omari
Performed by Stormzy
Published in the UK by Warner/Chappell Music Ltd
Moonshine Freeze
Written by Kate Stables
Performed by This is the Kit
Published in the UK by Beggars Music - 4AD Songs

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

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

The winners in each category will be announced at the award ceremony, hosted by Paul Gambaccini, at the Grosvenor House, London on Thursday 31st May 2018. 

In addition to the above award categories, BASCA will also present the following awards in recognition of a contribution to British music: the Ivor Novello Award for International Achievement, the Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Song Collection, PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music, PRS for Music Special International Award, the Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year, The Ivors Classical Music Award and The Ivors Inspiration Award.

The Ivors are presented by BASCA in association with PRS for Music.

For more information on this year’s Ivor Novello Awards visit www.theivors.com or follow us @TheIvors

About The Ivors

The Ivor Novello Awards were created by BASCA in 1956. Named in honour of Ivor Novello, Britain’s most successful and distinguished theatrical composer at the time, the aim of the awards was to shine a spotlight on the excellence of British songwriters and composers in an age when international music dominated the British airwaves.

The Ivors were first presented on 11th March 1956 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London. The statuette, a representation of Euterpe (the Greek muse of music and lyric poetry), was designed by Hazel Underwood and to this day, is still cast in solid bronze. For over 60 years statuettes have been presented to songwriters, composers and their music publishers in recognition of the excellence of their compositions.

The Ivors continue to be owned and presented by BASCA, and since 1974 have been sponsored by PRS for Music. www.theivors.com

About BASCA

The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) exists to celebrate, support and protect the professional interests of all writers of music. We are the voice for music writers; the independent professional association representing music writers in all genres, from songwriting, through to media, contemporary classical and jazz and can trace our history back over 70 years.

Whilst we are well known for putting on the British Composer Awards, the Gold Badge Awards and The Ivors every year, there is far more to us than these events. BASCA campaigns in the UK, Europe and throughout the world in order to protect the professional interests of our members. We count on the best songwriting and composing talent in order to do this important work and are entirely self-funding, relying on the continuing support of our members, who include Sir Paul McCartney, The 1975, Calvin Harris, Coldplay, Dizzee Rascal, Annie Lennox, Gary Barlow, David Arnold, Sir Elton John, Imogen Heap, Howard Goodall, John Powell, Harrison Birtwistle, Kate Bush and many more. www.basca.org.uk

About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK and around the world. As a membership organisation it works to ensure that creators are paid whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over two million music creators worldwide. In 2017, 6.6 trillion performances of music were reported to PRS for Music with £717m collected on behalf of its members, making it one of the world’s leading music collective management organisations.

PRS for Music’s public performance licensing is now carried out on PRS for Music’s behalf by PPL PRS Ltd, the new joint venture between PPL and PRS for Music.