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J Hus, Dave, Little Simz, Stormzy & Labrinth Among 2020 Ivor Novello Nominees

20 July 2020
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The nominations for this year’s Ivor Novello awards have been announced and some familiar big names are among the nominees.

The Ivors is a celebration of “creative excellence in songwriting and screen composition” and this year, it has recognised 35 individual songwriters across a number of categories.

Dave and J Hus have been nominated for Best Contemporary Song for their respective tracks “Black” and Must Be”. The pair are up against Kate Tempest’s “Firesmoke”.

North London’s very own Little Simz has also been recognised and has been nominated for Best Album with her 2019 LP, Grey Area.

Stormzy is also up for a nomination in the Best Song Musically & Lyrically category for his single, “Crown”, which is taken from his critically-acclaimed Heavy Is The Head album.

Nominated for Best Television Soundtrack is singer-songwriter and record producer Labrinth who has been recognised for his efforts for composing the Euphoria soundtrack.

Speaking on the 2020 awards, Chair of The Ivors Academy – Crispin Hunt: said: “Our judges have recognised 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.

“That is why these awards are so important because they celebrate this craft and talent. It is also fantastic to see nearly half of those recognised today nominated for an Ivor Novello Award for the very first time. Congratulations to everyone.”


Over 40 award-winning songwriters and composers, including past Ivor winners and nominees, make up separate panels to judge each category.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the ceremony for the 2020 Ivors is unable to go ahead and instead, the winners will be announced on September 2 by Matt Wilkinson on Beats 1 radio at 11am.

Check out the list of nominees below:


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 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 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.


Rising Star Award with Apple Music

Amahla, Carmel Smickersgill, Griff, lullahush and Mysie.