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Sam Smith and Bear's Den shortlisted for Ivor Novello song-writing awards

Sam Smith

Story by Jack Foley

SAM Smith, Bear’s Den and George Ezra have all been shortlisted for this year’s prestigious Ivor Novello Music Awards.

Smith, Ezra and Clean Bandit are in the running for the most played song of the past year for their respective tracks Stay With Me, Budapest and Rather Be.

Bear’s Den, meanwhile, have been shortlisted for best song musically and lyrically for their track, Above The Clouds of Pompeii (a former IndieLondon single of the week). They will compete against Hozier’s Take Me to Church and Ben Howard’s I Forget Where We Were.

In the best album category, Bombay Bicycle Club are nominated for their excellent latest So Long, See You Tomorrow, but face competition from Wild Beasts for Present Tense and the eponymous debut album from Brighton two-piece Royal Blood.

It was little-known songwriter James Napier, however, who emerged with the most nominations (three) after co-writing both Stay With Me and Rather Be. His third came for best contemporary song.

Basca chairman Simon Darlow said the nominations reflected the “health and diversity” of British and Irish song-writing and composing, adding: “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. Congratulations to everyone represented here today.”

The winners will be named at a ceremony in London on May 21, 2015.

Nominees at a glance

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

Best album
Royal Blood – Royal Blood
Present Tense – Wild Beasts
So Long, See You Tomorrow – Bombay Bicycle Club

PRS for Music most performed work
Stay With Me – Sam Smith
Budapest – George Ezra
Rather Be – Clean Bandit, featuring Jess Glynne

Best original film score
’71 – David Holmes
Mr Turner – Gary Yershon
The Boxtrolls – Dario Marianelli

Best television soundtrack
The Honourable Woman – Natalie Holt and Martin Phipps
The Mill (series 2) – Samuel Sim
The Suspicions of Mr Whicher – Beyond the Pale – Edmund Butt