6 artists supported by PRS Foundation have been nominated for this year’s Ivor Novello Awards
- The Ivors 2020 Nominations have been announced, with Dave, Kate Tempest, Sam Fender, Little Simz and Mica Levi among the nominees
- Recognised as a pinnacle of achievement, The Ivors Academy presents Ivor Novello Awards at The Ivors with Apple Music to celebrate exceptional craft in songwriting and screen composition.
The nominations recognise works written by British and Irish songwriters and composers that were released in the UK in 2019.
Now in their 65th year, an Ivor Novello Award is particularly important to the music industry as it represents peer recognition. Each category is judged by a separate panel exclusively populated by music creators, except for PRS for Music Most Performed Work, which is based on performance data from PRS for Music.
Both Little Simz and Kate Tempest have received Ivor nominations for the first time and have been nominated in the Best Album category. Little Simz and Inflo for ‘Grey Area’ and spoken word poet Kate Tempest and Dan Carey for ‘The Book of Traps and Lessons’. Both Little Simz and Kate Tempest have been recipients of The PPL Momentum Fund. Little Simz has also been supported through the International Showcase Fund.
Sam Fender has received a first time nomination in Best Song Musically and Lyrically for ‘Dead Boys’, from his debut album. Sam Fender is also a recipient of The PPL Momentum Fund.
In Best Contemporary Song, ‘Black’, the powerful lead single from Dave’s debut album ‘Psychodrama’, is his and Fraser T Smith’s second time nominated in the category together, having won in 2018 for ‘Question Time’. The nod for ‘Firesmoke’ is a second 2020 nomination for Kate Tempest and co-writer Dan Carey. Dave received support through the International Showcase Fund to travel to and perform at SXSW in 2017.
New Music Biennial Composer Mica Levi has been nominated for Best Original Film Score for Spanish-language thriller ‘Monos’, about a group of teenage guerrilla soldiers. Levi won previously in 2018 for the Jackie Kennedy biopic ‘Jackie’.
Previously announced are the nominees for the new Rising Star Award with Apple Music, which includes Women Make Music grantee and Lynsey de Paul Prize winner Amahla.
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, September 2, 2020.