Dave, Stormzy, Lewis Capaldi and Kate Tempest are among the nominees for this year’s Ivor Novello Awards.
Streatham rapper Dave, who won the Mercury Prize last year with his album Psychodrama, is up for Best Contemporary Song with his track Black.
The politically-charged song, which saw him accuse Boris Johnson of being ‘a real racist’ in an adapted version at the BRIT Awards, sees the artist discussing problems affecting the black youth in Britain.
In the mix: Stormzy, (pictured) Dave and Lewis Capaldi are among the nominees for the 2020 Ivor Novello awards
The acclaimed musician previously won an Ivor Novello in 2018 for his similarly political track Question Time.
He will be competing in the category against fellow rapper J Hus and spoken word artist Kate Tempest for their respective songs Must Be and Firesmoke.
Kate and her producer Dan Carey are also up for Best Album for her powerful LP, The Book of Traps and Lessons, and they will go up against Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ Ghosteen and Little Simz’s Grey Area.
Nominated: Rapper Dave, who won last year’s Mercury Prize for his acclaimed album Psychodrama, is now up for a gong
More honours: Singer/songwriter Lewis Capaldi has been nominated in the Most Performed Work category
The Ivor Novello Award winners will be announced for the 65th year on Apple Music’s Beats 1 Radio, from 11am on the Matt Wilkinson Show, on Wednesday 2 September.
This year, rap and spoken word features heavily across the songwriting categories.
Stormzy’s Crown is up for Best Song Musically and Lyrically, and the grime superstar and his co-writer MJ Cole will battle it out with Jamie Cullum’s Age of Anxiety and Sam Fender’s Dead Boys to claim the crown.
Producer and songwriter Jimmy Napes is nominated twice for his work on Crown and Sam Smith and Normani’s Dancing With a Stranger.
Honours: Spoken word artist Kate Tempest has been nominated for two categories, in Best Album and Best Contemporary Song
The latter hit is up for the PRS for Music Most Performed Work accolade and faces fierce competition with Lewis Capaldi’s Hold Me While You Wait and Rag’n’Bone Man and Calvin Harris’ Giant also up for the top prize.
Jamie Hartman has also scored a double nomination for co-writing the latter two tracks.
Meanwhile, the 65th ceremony sees the introduction of a brand new award, the Rising Star Award with Apple Music.
Competing: J Hus has been nominated in the Best Contemporary Song category for the September awards
Recognised: Sam Smith and Normani’s Dancing With a Stranger is up for Most Performed Work
The Ivors – which celebrates the music industry’s finest songwriters and composers – is set to honour and support the best new talent with five nominees selected and handed their own industry mentors.
Chic star Nile Rodgers and James Bond composer David Arnold are among five artists who will mentor musicians as part of the new scheme.
David, 58, will help Irish songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Daniel McIntyre, known as lullahush, while Nile, 67, will work with soul singer-songwriter Amahla.
Imparting their wisdom: Chic star Nile Rodgers (left) is one of five artists who will mentor musicians as part of the Ivor Novello Awards new scheme (pictured with his mentee Amahla)
Manchester-based composer Carmel Smickersgill has been paired with composer Anna Meredith and Mysie has been paired with Stormzy collaborator Fraser T Smith.
The final mentorship will be pop singer Griff who will work with singer-songwriter Kamille, who has collaborated with Sam Smith and Rihanna throughout her career.
Each nominee has been paired with mentors from The Ivors Academy. Applications for the Rising Star Award were opened last year and they received the most for any category in its 65-year history, with 60 per cent of entries made by female music creators.
Guiding light: David Arnold, 58, (left) will help Irish songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Daniel McIntyre, known as lullahush (right)
Multi-award winning composer David, who has scored five James Bond films as well as Independence Day and Godzilla, is paired with lullahush.
Speaking about the importance of mentoring, he said: ‘It was a long struggle of finding out how things work by myself.
‘And what it does is, while you are doing that, it robs you of time. It means you are not able to do your core thing and the core thing for me is writing.
‘If I’m not writing, I feel like I am wasting my time. All the time new artists can’t spend doing what they are good at and enjoy is time wasted.’
Working together: Mysie (right), a nominee for the new Rising Star Ivor Novello Award, will be mentored by Stormzy collaborator Fraser T Smith
Happy to help: Pop singer Griff (left) will work with singer-songwriter Kamille (right), who has collaborated with Sam Smith and Rihanna throughout her career.
Matching already: Manchester-based composer Carmel Smickersgill (right) has been paired with composer Anna Meredith (left)
He said it was important established artists ‘direct people who are obviously very talented in an environment that has changed so much’.
He added: ‘There are a bunch of other skills that you need to know about – how to get through the process of delivering your music to the audience, finding that audience and keeping them.
‘The dream is to be able to fund your life by doing the work that people hopefully love so much.’
Another mentor on the scheme is Kamille, real name Camille Purcell, who has written more than 20 tracks for Little Mix, as well as mentoring acts on The X Factor.
Up for the award: Applications for the Rising Star Award were opened last year and 60 per cent of entries were made by female music creators (artist Griff is pictured)
Getting advice: Carmel Smickersgill (left) and Amahla (right) are also on the Rising Star Award shortlist and will receive a year-long mentorship
Experts in the industry: lullahush (pictured) will be mentored by multi-award winning composer David, who has scored five James Bond films
The singer-songwriter, who is paired with Griff, said: ‘When I look at my career, I realise that I have had mentors along the way and a lot of people don’t have that – they have to find their way on their own.
‘And it’s a really hard road. This is a really hard industry. You don’t know when your next chance is going to come, or your next big break.
‘You don’t even know if you are going to be able to survive and financially support yourself.
‘To have someone here to encourage you and just be there for you, help put your songs in the right place and just listen to your music. This scheme is important, vital.’
Encouragement: Mentor Kamille said the scheme is ‘important, vital’ to help young artists (pictured is nominee for the new Rising Star Ivor Novello Award Mysie)
Guidance: David said it was important established artists ‘direct people who are obviously very talented in an environment that has changed so much’ (singer Griff is pictured)
Full of potential: The new Ivor Novello award honours young British and Irish songwriters and composers who demonstrate exceptional potential and ambition (lullahush is pictured)
Speaking about what she wants to encourage in her mentee, she said: ‘The one thing I have seen is that magic in music can come from anywhere.
‘I’ve been able to see how many different ways there are to have a hit. It’s never what you expect. I’ve learnt not to assume things and I’m a lot more open-minded now about where success can come.
‘As music changes and the way people consume music changes, it’s about never expecting things and trying new things.
‘From Stormzy to Mabel to Little Mix, the one thing that these artists all have is creativity.’
Help: As well as being nominated for the award, all five candidates get to be mentored for a year (pictured is Carmel Smickersgill)
Getting the best out of them: Mentor Kamille said she wants to encourage her mentee to be creative (pictured is artist Mysie)
Nominations for the Ivor Novello awards 2020
Ghosteen – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Grey Area – Little Simz
The Book of Traps and Lessons – Kate Tempest
Best Contemporary Song
Black – Dave
Firesmoke – Kate Tempest
Must Be – J Hus
Best Original Film Score
For Sama – Composed by Nainita Desai
Midsommar – Composed by Bobby Krlic
Monos – Composed by Mica Levi
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- Jamie Cullum
Crown – Stormzy
Dead Boys – Sam Fender
Best Television Soundtrack
Euphoria – Composed by Labrinth
Rise of the Nazis – Composed by Tom Hodge
The Crown (Series 3) – Composed by Martin Phipps
PRS for Music Most Performed Work
Dancing with a Stranger – Sam Smith and Normani
Giant – Calvin Harris and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man
Hold Me While You Wait – Lewis Capaldi
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 from 11am on the Matt Wilkinson Show on Wednesday 2 September 2020.
Source: Daily Mail