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Ivor Novellos 2012: Adele leads all-female shortlist

Adele

Story by Jack Foley

ADELE leads an all-female shortlist for next month’s Ivor Novello Awards – the first time the list has been exclusively female.

The singer will battle it out against Kate Bush and PJ Harvey for best album.

While two of her tracks, Rolling in the Deep and Someone Like You, are also in the running for most performed work, alongside Take That’s The Flood.

Rolling in the Deep is also up for best song muscially and lyrically.

The prestigious annual Ivor Novello awards seek to celebrate British and Irish songwriting and composing and are voted for by songwriters. They will be presented on May 17 in London.

Adele is, of course, nominated for her album 21, while PJ Harvey is listed for her Mercury Prize-winning record Let England Shake, a concept album about Britain at war and Kate Bush is up for 50 Words For Snow, which was also written around a theme, comprising a suite of seven songs “set against a backdrop of falling snow”.

This year’s nominees for best contemporary song are Nero’s Promises, Lana Del Rey’s Video Games and James Blake’s The Wilhelm Scream.

Other nominees in the best song musically and lyrically are Florence + The Machine’s Shake It Out and Ed Sheeran’s The A Team, while best original film score contenders are Life in a Day, The First Grader and We Need to Talk About Kevin, which was written by Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood.

TV shows competing for best soundtrack are The Shadow Line, Page Eight and Leonardo.