- 07 Apr 22
The Ivor Novello awards ceremony, which celebrates songwriting and composition, will be held at London's Grosvenor House on May 19th.
The likes of Adele, Dave, Inflo, FKA Twigs, Raye, James Blake, PinkPantheress and Ed Sheeran have earned Ivor Novello Award nominations for their songwriting prowess.
Irish acts For Those I Love and Fontaines D.C. were nominated for 2021's Ivor Novello Awards. For Those I Love's 'Top Scheme', from his self-titled debut album, was nominated for Best Contemporary Song while the Dublin post-punk band's second album A Hero's Death was nominated for Best Album.
Inflo (Dean Josiah Cover), who has produced and co-written for the Adele, Little Simz, Michael Kiwanuka and more, leads the pack with four Ivor Novello nominations.
Cover has received three nods in the best album category for his part in co-writing songs on Cleo Sol’s record Mother, alternative outfit Sault’s album Nine alongside Jack Penate and Cleo Sol, and Islington hip-hop star Little Simz’s Sometimes I Might Be Introvert.
The London record producer, songwriter and Sault multi-instrumentalist also faces stiff competition for the award from the album Pink Noise, written by Laura Mvula and Dann Hume, and Spare Ribs by Sleaford Mods, written by Andrew Fearn and Jason Williamson.
He also nabbed a best contemporary song nomination for his co-writing credits on Little Simz’s track 'I Love You, I Hate You'.
'I Love You, I Hate You' will compete against TikTok viral hit 'Body' by Russ Millions and Tion Wayne; 'Don’t Judge Me' by FKA Twigs, Headie One and Fred again; 'Just For Me' by Ivor Novello rising star award nominee PinkPantheress and 'Coming Back' by James Blake featuring SZA.
Jazz artist Ashaine White, 20-year-old Irish singer-songwriter Luz, West Londoner Matilda Mann and powerhouse R&B/pop act Naomi Kimpenu are nominated for the Rising Star Award.
Chart-topping singer Ed Sheeran follows with three nominations for his hit singles 'Bad Habits' and 'Shivers'. He has also received a nod in the songwriter of the year category alongside Adele, Coldplay, Dave and Raye.
Multi-award winning 30 singer Adele has also been nominated for the best song musically and lyrically award for her hit track 'Easy On Me' – which won the 2022 Brit Award for British single.
The break-up ballad will go up against 'All You Ever Wanted' by Rag’n’Bone Man, 'Haunted House' by Holly Humberstone, 'Let’s Go Home Together' by Ella Henderson and Tom Grennan, and Sam Fender’s 'Seventeen Going Under.
"It’s been a standout year for music and I am full of admiration for the 77 talented songwriters and composers we are celebrating this year," Shaznay Lewis, an Ivor Novello Award winner and judge for The Ivors, said. "Their work and words touch on a dizzying range of emotions, and I count myself lucky to have heard their stories.
"As it has every year since 1956, The Ivors celebrates the outstanding creation of music, and I’d like to say a huge congratulations to every nominee."