Songwriters Kate Tempest (right), Dan CareyJimmy Napes and Jamie Hartman lead the The Ivors nominations with two apiece. Warner Chappell Music has the most nominees with six, followed by Kobalt with five, UMPG with four, and Sony/ATV, Domino and Downtown with two apiece.

In the Best Album category, spoken word poet Tempest and producer Carey receive their first nomination for The Book of Traps and Lessons. The album is battling against Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ Ghosteen—written by Cave and Warren Ellis—giving their album trilogy of Push The Sky Away (which won in 2014) and Skeleton Tree a hat trick for nominations. Also nominated in the category are Little Simz and Inflo for Grey Area

Tempest and Carey receive their second nomination in the Best Contemporary Song category for “Firesmoke,” which is competing against “Black,”  the lead single from Dave’s debut, Psychodrama. It’s Dave’s and Fraser T Smith’s second time nominated in the category together, having won in 2018 for “Question Time.”  

In Best Song Musically and Lyrically, two-time Ivor winner Napes, alongside first-time nominee MJ Cole, are up for Stormzy’s “Crown,” which follows his 2018 Best Album win for Gang Signs & Prayer. The category also sees a first-time nomination for Jamie Cullum for “Age of Anxiety” and Sam Fender for “Dead Boys.” 

Napes is also recognized in the shortlist for the PRS for Music Most Performed Work for Sam Smith’s “Dancing with a Stranger” which was co-written with Mikkel Eriksen and Tor Erik Hermansen. Calvin HarrisJamie HartmanRag ‘n’ Bone Man and Troy Miller are in with “Giant,” and Hartman has his second nomination for Lewis Capaldi’s “Hold Me While You Wait” alongside Capaldi and Jamie N Commons.

Crispin Hunt, Chair of The Ivors Academy, said: “Our judges have recognized extraordinary works that reflect on all aspects of the human experience and demonstrate the power and importance of music, in all its forms. Everything begins with the creativity of the songwriter or composer, and this is the building block on which our industry rests."

Previously announced are the nominees for the new Rising Star Award with Apple MusicAmahlaCarmel SmickersgillGrifflullahush and Mysie. Recipients of Songwriter of the Year 2019 and the Academy Fellowship will be announced along with winners across all nominated categories on Apple Music’s Beats 1 Radio on the Matt Wilkinson Show on 9/2 at 11am. 

Ivors 2020 Nominations

Best Album
Ghosteen written by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. Performed by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.  Published in the UK by Kobalt Music Publishing.
Grey Area written by Inflo and Little Simz. Performed by Little Simz.  Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing. The Book of Traps and Lessons written by Dan Carey and Kate Tempest. Performed by Kate Tempest. Published in the UK by Warner Chappell Music and Domino Publishing Company.

Best Contemporary Song
"Black" written by Dave and Fraser T Smith. Performed by Dave. Published in the UK by Warner Chappell Music and Kobalt Music Publishing.
"Firesmoke" written by Dan Carey and Kate Tempest Performed by Kate Tempest. Published in the UK by Warner Chappell Music and Domino Publishing Company.
"Must Be" written by JAE5 and J Hus. Performed by J Hus. Published in the UK by Black Butter Music Publishing – Kobalt Music Publishing and Warner Chappell Music.

Best Original Film Score
For Sama composed by Nainita Desai. Published in the UK by Manners McDade Music Publishing.
Midsommar composed by Bobby Krlic. Published in the UK by Kobalt Music Publishing.
Monos. Composed by Mica Levi. Published in the UK by Beggars Music.

Best Original Video Game Score
Arise: A Simple Story composed by David Garcia Diaz.
Draugen composed by Simon Poole.
Lost Ember composed by Dorian Behner, John Broomhall and Will Morton.

Best Song Musically and Lyrically
"Age of Anxiety" written and performed by Jamie Cullum. Published in the UK by Sentric Music Ltd.
"Crown" written by MJ Cole, Jimmy Napes and Stormzy. Performed by Stormzy. Published in the UK by Warner Chappell Music and Downtown Music Publishing.
"Dead Boys" written and performed by Sam Fender. Published in the UK by Kobalt Music Publishing.

Best Television Soundtrack
Euphoria composed by Labrinth. Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing.
Rise of the Nazis composed by Tom Hodge. Published in the UK by BBC Studios Distribution Limited obo 72 Films Limited – Universal Music Publishing and Leland Originals Publishing – Decca Publishing.
The Crown (Series 3) composed by Martin Phipps. Published in the UK by Du Vinage Publishing and Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

PRS for Music Most Performed Work
"Dancing with a Stranger" written by Mikkel Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith. Performed by Sam Smith and Normani. Published in the UK by EMI Music Publishing, Downtown Music Publishing, Stellar Songs - EMI Music Publishing and Naughty Words - Sony/ATV Music Publishing.
"Giant" written by Calvin Harris, Jamie Hartman, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and Troy Miller. Performed by Calvin Harris and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man. Published in the UK by EMI Music Publishing, Reservoir Reverb Music, Warner Chappell Music and Bucks Music Group.
"Hold Me While You Wait" written by Lewis Capaldi, Jamie N Commons and Jamie Hartman. Performed by Lewis Capaldi. Published in the UK by BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing and Reservoir Reverb Music.

"Dangerous" nudges "SOUR." (11/30a)
Big numbers for 30. (11/29a)
good 4 him (11/30a)
Viva, Ms. Adkins (11/30a)
Putting the audio into audio-visual. (11/30a)

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