Plan B, Everything Everything Top Ivor Novello Award Nominations
Plan B, Everything Everything Top Ivor Novello Award Nominations

Nominations for the U.K's 56th Ivor Novello Awards were announced yesterday with Manchester-based Indie band Everything Everything and London rapper/singer-songwriter Plan B leading the way with more than two nominations each, despite the former not having had a Top 40 single.

Everything Everything are up for Best Song Musically and Lyrically for "MY, KZ, UR BF" (Universal Music Publishing) and Album Award for Man Alive (Universal Music Publishing). Plan B (aka Benjamin Drew), regarded by many as a serious omission from last year's Barclays Mercury Prize list, is up for the Album Award for his soul reinvention album "The Defamation of Strickland Banks" (Universal Music Publishing) and "She Said" (Sony/ATV Music Publishing/Universal Music Publishing) for Most Performed Work. He scooped award for Best British Male at this year's Brit Awards.

The critically reviled but commercially successful band Scouting For Girls might not be up for best album but are up for Most Performed Work with their housewife and radio-friendly "This Ain't A Love Song", alongside Plan B's "She Said" (Sony/ATV Music Publishing / Universal Music Publishing) and up against Kylie Minogue's "All The Lovers" (Sony/ATV Music Publishing). The award last year was won by Lily Allen for her autobiographical track "The Fear".

Elsewhere in the Best Song Musically and Lyrically category, Irish band The Villagers are nominated for the swoony strings of "Becoming A Jackal" (Domino Publishing Company) along with "Spanish Sahara" (Universal Music Publishing) by Oxford band Foals.

Mercury Award 2010-winners and innovative London boy-girl outfit The xx might also scoop Best Contemporary Song for their understated love song "Islands", if they can pip raucous BRIT School graduate Katy B - who's up with her debut dubstep single "Katy On A Mission" (EMI Music Publishing) - to the post.

Taking place on Thursday 19th May 2011 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, the Ivors are voted for by musicians and composers and celebrate excellence in songwriting.

The awards are presented by BASCA (the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors) and sponsored by PRS for Music. The awards honor British composers and songwriters of works released in the UK within the previous year.

Other awards presented on the day will include those of International Achievement, Outstanding Song Collection, The Ivors Classical Music Award (won last year by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies) and the Ivors Inspiration Award.



Song: Becoming a Jackal
Writer: Conor O'Brien
Performed By: Villagers
UK Publisher: Domino Publishing Company

Song: MY KZ, UR BF
Writers: Jonathan Higgs/Jeremy Pritchard/Alexander Robertshaw/Michael Spearman
Performed By: Everything Everything
UK Publisher: Universal Music Publishing

Song: Spanish Sahara
Writers: Jack Bevan/Edwin Congreave/Walter Gervers/Yannis Philippakis/James Smith
Performed By: Foals
UK Publisher: Universal Music Publishing


Song: Islands
Writers: Romy Madley Croft/Baria Qureshi/Oliver Sim/James Smith
Performed By: The XX
UK Publisher: Universal Music Publishing

Song: Katy on a Mission
Writers: Benga/Katy B/Geeneus
Performed By: Katy B
UK Publisher: EMI Music Publishing

Song: Pass Out
Writers: Timothy McKenzie/Patrick Okogwu/Marc Williams
Performed By: Tinie Tempah
UK Publishers: EMI Music Publishing / Stellar Songs Ltd


Album: Flaws
Writer: Jack Steadman
Performed By: Bombay Bicycle Club
UK Publisher: Imagem Music

Album: Man Alive
Writers: Jonathan Higgs/Jeremy Pritchard/Alexander Robertshaw /Michael Spearman
Performed By: Everything Everything
UK Publisher: Universal Music Publishing

Album: The Defamation of Strickland Banks
Writer: Benjamin Drew
Performed By: Plan B
UK Publisher: Universal Music Publishing


Song: All the Lovers
Writers: Jim Eliot/Mima Stilwell
Performed By: Kylie Minogue
UK Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Song: She Said
Writers: Eric Appapoulay/Richard Cassell / Benjamin Drew / Tom Wright-Goss
Performed By: Plan B
UK Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing / Universal Music Publishing

Song: This Ain't A Love Song
Writer: Roy Stride
Performed By: Scouting for Girls
UK Publisher: EMI Music Publishing


Broadcast: Agatha Christie's Marple, Series V
Composer: Dominik Scherrer
UK Publisher: EMI Music Publishing

Broadcast: Any Human Heart
Composer: Dan Jones
UK Publishers: Faber Music Ltd/Universal Music Publishing

Broadcast: Going Postal
Composer: John Lunn
UK Publisher: SATV Publishing


Film: How To Train Your Dragon
Composer: John Powell
UK Publisher: BMG Chrysalis

Film: Monsters
Composer: Jon Hopkins
UK Publishers: Domino Publishing Company / Vertigo Music Publishing

Film: Unstoppable
Composer: Harry Gregson-Williams
UK Publisher: EMI Music Publishing


Game: Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
Composer: Nitin Sawhney
Developer: Ninja Theory
UK Publisher: Namco Bandai Games SAS

Game: James Bond 007: Blood Stone
Composer: Richard Jacques
Developer: Bizarre Creations
UK Publisher: Activision

Game: Napoleon: Total War
Composers: Richard Beddow / Richard Birdsall / Ian Livingstone
Developer: The Creative Assembly
UK Publisher: SEGA

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