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Ivor Novello Awards 2019: The 1975, Jorja Smith Among First-Time Nominees

R&B vocalist Jorja Smith, The 1975, punk band Idles and British rapper Ghetts are among a glut of first-time nominees for this year's Ivors, one of the U.K.'s most prestigious music award ceremonies.

R&B vocalist Jorja Smith, The 1975, punk band Idles and British rapper Ghetts are among a glut of first-time nominees for this year’s Ivors, one of the U.K.’s most prestigious music award ceremonies.

Named after Welsh composer and actor Ivor Novello, the annual awards began in 1956 and celebrate excellence in British and Irish songwriting. 

Of this year’s 48 individual nominees, 70 percent of which have been recognized for the first time, Smith is one of three songwriters competing for the best contemporary song prize. 

The 21-year-old singer is nominated for her breakthrough track “Blue Lights,” co-written by Guy Bonnet, Dizzee Rascal and Roland Romanelli. She’s up against fellow first-timers Ghetts, nominated for his 2018 single “Black Rose” featuring Kojey Radical, and The 1975’s “Love It If We Made It,” taken from their third studio album A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships

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Nominees for best song musically and lyrically are Arctic Monkeys’ “Four Out Of Five,” Ben Howard’s “Nica Libres at Dusk” and Hozier’s “Nina Cried Power,” which features Mavis Staples.

Vying for the best album prize are Cocoa Sugar by Edinburgh-based hip-hop trio Young Fathers, I’m All Ears by alt-pop duo Let’s Eat Grandma and the politically charged Joy As An Act of Resistance by Bristol punk rock band Idles. All three acts have never been nominated for an Ivors award before.

Contenders for the PRS for Music Most Performed Work, which goes to the song that has received the most broadcast, online and general performances in 2018, include Jax Jones’ “Breathe,” Rudimental’s “These Days” featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen, and George Ezra’s ubiquitous U.K. No. 1 “Shotgun.”

Meanwhile, Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood receives a nod in the best original film score category for his work on Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread. He’s up against Anne Nikitin for American Animals and Daniel Pemberton for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Other award categories include best television soundtrack and best original video game score.   

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To be eligible for this year’s awards, works had to have been commercially released in the U.K. in 2018 and have a British or Irish songwriting or composing contribution of at least a third. 

“The works nominated for The Ivors 2019 are brilliantly diverse, and we’re delighted to see so many first-time nominees recognised,” commented Ivors Academy chair Crispin Hunt.   

“As the only peer-nominated music award in the country, they are a fantastic reflection of the exciting emerging talent of British and Irish music creators today,” said Hunt congratulating this year’s nominees. 

The winners will be announced at a ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House on 23 May when awards for international achievement, songwriters of the year and outstanding song collection will also be given out. 

The full list of nominations is:

BEST SONG MUSICALLY AND LYRICALLY

Four Out Of Five
Written by Alex Turner
Performed by Arctic Monkeys
Published in the UK by EMI Music Publishing

Nica Libres at Dusk
Written and performed by Ben Howard
Published in the UK by Warner/Chappell Music Publishing Limited

Nina Cried Power
Written and performed by Hozier?
Published in the UK by Sony/ATV Music Publishing – The Evolving Music Company

BEST CONTEMPORARY SONG

Black Rose
Written by Ghetts, Kojey Radical, Daniel Miles, JoJo Mukeza and Jaime Naldo Menezes?
Performed by Ghetts ft Kojey Radical
Published in the UK by BMG Rights Management and EMI Music Publishing – Stellar Songs

Blue Lights
Written by Guy Bonnet, Dizzee Rascal, Roland Romanelli and Jorja Smith
Performed by Jorja Smith
Published in the UK by EMI Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing and Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Love It If We Made It
Written by George Daniel, Adam Hann, Matthew Healy and Ross MacDonald
Performed by The 1975
Published in the UK by Good Solider Songs

PRS FOR MUSIC MOST PERFORMED WORK

Breathe
Written by Jax Jones and Ina Wroldsen?
Performed by Jax Jones ft Ina Wroldsen?
Published in the UK by Kobalt Music Publishing and Reservoir Reverb Music

Shotgun
Written by George Ezra Barnett, FRED and Joel Pott?
Performed by George Ezra
Published in the UK by BMG Rights Management and Sony ATV/Music Publishing – Promised Land Music

These Days
Written by Julian Bunetta, Dan Caplen, Macklemore, John Ryan and Jamie Scott
Performed by Rudimental ft Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen?
Published in the UK by Big Deal Music – Peermusic UK, BMG Rights Management, Kobalt Music Publishing and EMI Music Publishing

BEST ALBUM

Cocoa Sugar
Written by Kayus Bankole, Graham Hastings and Alloysious Massaquoi?
Performed by Young Fathers
Published in the UK by Just Isn’t Music Limited

I’m All Ears
Written by Jenny Hollingworth and Rosa Walton
Performed by Let’s Eat Grandma
Published in the UK by Blue Raincoat Songs

Joy As An Act of Resistance
Written by Jonathan Beavis, Mark Bowen, Adam Devonshire, Lee Kiernan and Joseph Talbot
Performed by Idles
Published in the UK by Kobalt Music Publishing

BEST ORIGINAL FILM SCORE

American Animals
Composed by Anne Nikitin?
Published in the UK by Accorder Music – Peermusic UK

Phantom Thread
Composed by Jonny Greenwood
Published in the UK by Warner/Chappell North America Limited

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Composed by Daniel Pemberton
Published in the UK by Sony/ATV Music Publishing

BEST TELEVISION SOUNDTRACK

Flowers (Series 2)
Composed by Arthur Sharpe
Published in the UK by Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Happy New Year, Colin Burstead?
Composed by Clint Mansell?
Published in the UK by Decca Publishing – Universal Music Publishing

Requiem
Composed by Natasha Khan and Dominik Scherrer?
Published in the UK by BMG Rights Management, Du Vinage Publishing and Sony/ATV Music Publishing

BEST ORIGINAL VIDEO GAME SCORE

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Composed by Michael Georgiades, Joe Henson and Alexis Smith

Q.U.B.E. 2
Composed by David Housden

Sea of Thieves
Composed by Robin Beanland