News 10 August 2021

Pa Salieu, AJ Tracey, Headie One & More Among Nominees For 2021 Ivor Novello Awards

10 August 2021

The full list of nominees for the 2021 Ivor Novello Awards have been revealed!

The Ivors celebrate the best in songwriting and composing and Pa Salieu has been acknowledged twice this year; receiving nominations for Best Album for his project, Send Them To Coventry, as well as Best Contemporary Song for “Energy” featuring Mahalia.

Also nominated for Best Contemporary Song is producer Fraser T Smith and his track “Children of the Internet” with Dave and Es Devlin.

Another big song to receive a nomination this year is Headie One and Fred Again’s “Gang” which is in the running for the Best Song Musically & Lyrically award.

AJ Tracey and Kamille have received nods in the Songwriter of the Year category where they’re up against the likes of Kid Harpoon, Harry Styles, MNEK, Celeste and Jamie Hartman.

“Over the last year we’ve felt the power of songwriting and the stories told through music,” Shaznay Lewis, an Ivor Novello award winner and chair of The Ivors Awards committee, said. “The Ivors are so important because they celebrate where all the music begins – with songwriters and composers.

“The judges have chosen a selection of exceptional music that moves, unites and inspires us.”

Winners will be announced at a ceremony at Grosvenor House in London on 21 September.

Take in the full list of nominees below!

Best Album

• A Hero’s Death by Fontaines DC – written by Grian Chatten, Thomas Coll, Conor Curley, Conor Deegan and Carlos O’Connell

• Lianne La Havas by Lianne La Havas – written by Matthew Hales and Lianne La Havas

• Send Them To Coventry by Pa Salieu – written by Felix Joseph, Alastair O’Donnell and Pa Salieu

• Song For Our Daughter by Laura Marling – written by Laura Marling

• What Kinda Music by Tom Misch + Yussef Dayes – written by Yussef Dayes, Tom Misch and Rocco Palladino

Best Contemporary Song

• Children Of The Internet by Future Utopia featuring Dave & Es Devlin – written by Dave and Fraser T Smith

• Daisy by Ashnikko – written by Ashnikko and Slinger

• Energy by Pa Salieu featuring Mahalia – written by Kwes Darko, Felix Joseph, Mahalia, Alastair O’Donnell and Pa Salieu

• Give Me A Reason by Rachel Chinouriri – written by Rachel Chinouriri and Tom Henry

• Top Scheme by For Those I Love – written by David Balfe

Best Original Film Score

• Calm With Horses – composed by Blanck Mass

• Four Kids And It – composed by Anne Nikitin

• Saint Maud – composed by Adam Janota Bzowski

• The Trial Of The Chicago 7 – composed by Daniel Pemberton

• Two By Two: Overboard! – composed by Craig Stuart Garfinkle and Eimear Noone

Best Song Musically And Lyrically

• Black Dog by Arlo Parks – written by Gianluca Buccellati and Arlo Parks

• Gang by Headie One & Fred again.. – written by Fred again.. and Headie One

• God’s Own Children by Obongjayar – written by Barney Lister and Obongjayar

• Man’s World by Marina – written by Marina

• Stop This Flame by Celeste – written by Celeste and Jamie Hartman

Best Original Video Game Score

• Ghost Of Tsushima – composed by Ilan Eshkeri and Shigeru Umebayashi

• Little Orpheus – composed by Jessica Curry and Tim Fowler

• Ori And The Will Of The Wisps – composed by Gareth Coker

PRS For Music Most Performed Work

• Adore You by Harry Styles – written by Amy Allen, Tyler Johnson, Kid Harpoon and Harry Styles

• Before You Go by Lewis Capaldi – written by Tom Barnes, Lewis Capaldi, Pete Kelleher, Ben Kohn and Phil Plested

• Head & Heart by Joel Corry featuring MNEK – written by Jonathan Courtidis, Dan Dare and Robert Harvey

• Someone You Loved by Lewis Capaldi – written by Tom Barnes, Lewis Capaldi, Pete Kelleher, Ben Kohn and Sam Roman

• Watermelon Sugar by Harry Styles – written by Tyler Johnson, Kid Harpoon, Mitchell Rowland and Harry Styles

Songwriter Of The Year

• AJ Tracey

• Celeste and Jamie Hartman

• Kamille

• Kid Harpoon and Harry Styles


Rising Star Award with Apple Music

• Allegra

• Holly Humberstone


• Rachel Chinouriri

• Willow Kayne