Sunday 24 September 2017

Hozier, FKA Twigs, Clean Bandit, Sam Smith up for Ivor Novello awards

Musician Hozier performs onstage during day 2 of the 2015 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (Weekend 1) at the Empire Polo Club on April 11, 2015 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Musician Hozier performs onstage during day 2 of the 2015 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (Weekend 1) at the Empire Polo Club on April 11, 2015 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Singer FKA twigs arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31: Clean Bandit poses backstage at the KISS FM Haunted House Party at Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith on October 31, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
Ben Howard
George Ezra arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Ben Thatcher (left) and Mike Kerr of Royal Blood after winning the Best New Band and Best Live Band awards at the NME Awards 2015 with Austin, Texas at the O2 Brixton Academy, London.

Continuing his quest for world music domination Hozier has been nominated for a prestigious Ivor Novello Award.

Hozier's big hit Take Me To Church is up for Best Song Musically and Lyrically, alongside Ben Howard's I Forget Where We Were and Bear's Den's Above The Clouds of Pompeii.

Nominated alongside the Bray musician is FKA Twigs, the up-and-coming singer and girlfriend of Robert Pattinson, as well as British singing sensation Sam Smith.

FKA Twigs is in the running for Best Contemporary Song for a track she also co-wrote, Two Weeks.

Clean Bandit's Rather Be, featuring Jess Glynne, and Alt-J song Every Other Freckle is also up for the award.

Multiple Grammy and Brit winner Sam Smith is up for just one award at next month's event, which celebrates excellence in songwriting and composing.

His ballad Stay With Me is in the running for Most Performed Work, alongside George Ezra's Budapest and Clean Bandit's Rather Be.

Presented by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA), the awards, which are marking their 60th anniversary, are highly prized because they are voted for by songwriters and composers.

BASCA chairman Simon Darlow said: "In their 60th year The Ivors nominations continue to reflect the health and diversity of British and Irish songwriting and composing.

"These awards were created to raise the profile of our best creative talent and today's nominations, which include a host of fresh new writers, demonstrate that The Ivors continue to achieve this."

Royal Blood, Present Tense and Bombay Bicycle Club are up for the Album Award.

Best TV Soundtrack features BBC drama The Honourable Woman, the second Channel 4 series of The Mill and ITV's Victorian murder mystery The Suspicions of Mr Whicher - Beyond the Pale.

Original Film Score pits Mr Turner against Belfast survival thriller '71 and animated movie The Boxtrolls.

The event, which honours works released in the UK during 2014, takes place on May 21 at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London.

Recipients of other awards, including Lifetime Achievement and Outstanding Song Collection, will also be named on the night.

The nominations:

:: Best Song Musically and Lyrically

Above The Clouds Of Pompeii ( Bear's Den)

I Forget Where We Were (Ben Howard)

Take Me To Church ( Hozier)

:: Best Contemporary Song

Every Other Freckle (Alt-J)

Rather Be (Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne)

Two Weeks ( FKA Twigs)

:: PRS for Music Most Performed Work

Budapest (George Ezra)

Rather Be ( Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne)

Stay With Me (Sam Smith)

:: Album Award

Present Tense (Wild Beasts)

Royal Blood (Royal Blood)

So Long, See You Tomorrow (Bombay Bicycle Club)

:: Best Original Film Score

'71

Mr Turner

The Boxtrolls

:: Best Television Soundtrack

The Honourable Woman

The Mill - Series 2

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher - Beyond the Pale

Press Association

Editors Choice

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