Wolf Alice, Years & Years and Skepta in Ivor Novello Award nominations as Adele is overlooked

Ed Sheeran, James Bay and Jess Glynne also shortlisted this year

The nominations for this year’s Ivor Novello Awards have been announced with Years and Years, Wolf Alice, Skepta and Ed Sheeran among the nominees. Adele, however, has been overlooked.

The Ivors celebrate excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing, judged by the UK songwriting and composing community. This year’s ceremony will take place on May 19 at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane in London.

Grime MC Skepta is nominated for Best Contemporary Song for his single ‘Shutdown’. He faces competition from Roots Manuva (‘Cargo’) and Snakehips featuring Tinashe & Chance The Rapper for ‘All My Friends’.


Wolf Alice and Ed Sheeran are nominated for Best Song Musically and Lyrically for their songs ‘Bros’ and ‘Bloodstream’ respectively. Jamie Lawson is also nominated for ‘Wasn’t Expecting That’.

Meanwhile, James Bay, Jess Glynne and Years and Years are up for Music Most Performed Work, while Villagers (‘Darling Arithmetic’), Jamie xx (‘In Colour’) and Gaz Coombes (‘Matador’) all contest the Album Award.


Adele, whose ’25’ album topped charts around the world, is missing from the shortlist. A press representative for the awards has confirmed to NME that Adele could however still pick up an award on the night, for Outstanding song collection or Songwriter of the year, which have not yet been announced.

See the full Ivor Novello Awards 2016 nominations below.

Best song musically and lyrically
Ed Sheeran – ‘Bloodstream’
Wolf Alice – ‘Bros’
Jamie Lawson – ‘Wasn’t Expecting That’

Best contemporary song
Snakehips ft Tinashe & Chance The Rapper – ‘All My Friends’
Roots Manuva – ‘Cargo’
Skepta – ‘Shutdown’


Most performed work
James Bay – ‘Hold Back The River’
Jess Glynne – ‘Hold My Hand’
Years & Years – ‘King’

Best album
Villagers – ‘Darling Arithmetic’
Jamie xx – ‘In Colour’
Gaz Coombes – ‘Matador’

Best film score
Ex Machina
The Duke of Burgundy

Best television soundtrack
And Then There Were None
From Darkness
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