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Michael Kiwanuka and Coldplay lead Ivor Novello nominations (2017)

Michael Kiwanuka

Story by Jack Foley

MICHAEL Kiwanuka and Coldplay lead the nominations for this year’s Ivor Novello Awards.

Kiwanuka’s retro-soul LP Love and Hate is up for best album, while one of its tracks, Black Man in a White World, is shortlisted for best song musically and lyrically.

Also in the running for best album are Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ Skeleton Tree and Laura Mvula’s The Dreaming Room.

Kiwanuka and Mvula are also competing against each other in the best song musically and lyrically – for the singles Black Man In A White World and Overcome respectively. Rock band Mystery Jets are also shortlisted for their track Telomere.

Coldplay, meanwhile, underlined their continued dominance of UK radio by occupying two out of three nomination slots for most performed song – for the tracks Adventure of a Lifetime and Hymn for the Weekend.

Adele’s When We Were Young is the only other nominee in that category, which recognises the most-played song on radio, TV and online last year.

Now in their 62nd year, the Ivor Novello Awards have honoured the work of more than 750 songwriters and composers, including The Beatles, Kate Bush and Sir Elton John.

Last year’s ceremony saw Adele named songwriter of the year, while Damon Albarn won the lifetime achievement award.

The recipients of all this year’s prizes will be announced at the ceremony in London on May 18.

The full list of nominees…

Best song musically and lyrically
Black Man in a White World – Michael Kiwanuka
Overcome – Laura Mvula
Telomere – Mystery Jets

Best contemporary song
Lovesick – Mura Masa ft A$AP Rocky
Man – Skepta
Sexual – Neiked ft Dyo

Most performed work
Adventure of a Lifetime – Coldplay
Hymn for the Weekend – Coldplay
When We Were Young – Adele

Best album
Love and Hate – Michael Kiwanuka
Skeleton Tree – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
The Dreaming Room – Laura Mvula

Best film score
High Rise – Clint Mansell
Kubo and the Two Strings – Dario Marianelli
My Scientology Movie – Dan Jones

Best television soundtrack
The Collection – Dominik Scherrer
Witness for the Prosecution – Paul Englishby
War and Peace – Martin Phipps