The Ivor Novellos is one of the longest running music award ceremonies in the UK, first dishing out their shiny statues in 1955. As such, you’d expect them to be a little fusty and kinda musty, but they’ve actually proven to be refreshingly diverse – if not entirely perfect – in 2016.
Following the Brit Awards debacle, in which the awards were slammed for their lack of diversity, the Ivors have taken note and the 61st annual awards look set to more reflect the true state of contemporary British music, going by the nominations which were announced this morning.
The noms for the handful of awards – the Ivors is a pretty exclusive club, see – include the mighty grime of Skepta, grunge revival clatter of Wolf Alice, pop powerhouse Jess Glynne, electronica duo Snakehips and human clubbing compendium Jamie xx as well as the more mainstream likes of Ed Sheeran and James Bay – which, love them or hate them, have certainly done their fair share of record sales both home and away.
Room has also been made for the more experimental likes of Cats Eyes – Faris from The Horrors’ opera-tinged side project – as well as old school Brit icons like Roots Manuva, Gaz Coombes and Portishead’s Geoff Barrow. Sure, there’s still a bit of a reliance on old white men, but it’s not a bad bunch, right?
Best Song Musically and Lyrically
Bloodstream – Ed Sheeran
Bros – Wolf Alice
Wasn’t Expecting That – Jamie Lawson
Best Contemporary Song
All My Friends – Years and Years
Cargo – Roots Manuva
Shutdown – Skepta
PRS for Music Most Performed Work
Hold Back The River – James Bay
Hold My Hand – Jess Glynne
King – Years & Years
Darling Arithmetic – Villagers
In Colour – Jamie xx
Matador – Gaz Coombes
Best Original Film Score
Ex_Machina – Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury
Pan – John Powell
The Duke of Burgundy – Faris Badwan and Rachel Zeffira/Cats Eyes