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The Ivors 2020

For the year 2019 The Ivors celebrate and honour excellence in songwriting and composing. They are presented and judged by the writing community.

Apple Music 1 The Matt Wilkinson Show apple.co/ivors-am1 Wednesday 2nd September 2020 11am - 1pm BST

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CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE NOMINEES AND WINNERS

Your talent creates the music that the world loves.


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The Ivors Academy

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Apple Music

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PRS for Music Contents

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Welcomes

The Nominations 11

Best Album

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Best Contemporary Song

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Best Original Film Score

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Best Original Video Game Score

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Best Song Musically and Lyrically

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Best Television Soundtrack

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PRS for Music Most Performed Work

Special Awards 30

Rising Star Award with Apple Music

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Songwriter of the Year 2019

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Academy Fellowship

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The Juries

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In Memoriam

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Acknowledgements & Credits

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MUSIC UNITES As a community of songwriters and composers we represent and champion all music creators. Your talent creates the music that the world loves.

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The Ivors Academy Welcome The Ivors Community is formed of colleagues, friends, writers and lovers of music. All have faced a very tough year where the livelihoods and future of our writing profession has been under threat. The Academy has worked tirelessly to support our members during this challenging period and we come together virtually today to celebrate excellence in the art of songwriting and composition. This is a ritual we have done every year for 65 years and is as important now as it ever was.

Welcome

The Ivors Academy

Each Ivor Novello Award is presented to music creators by music creators. And that spirit is at the heart of The Ivors Academy. We are proudly led by music creators to represent their interests, support their careers and advance their rights. This is the first year that we have presented The Ivors with Apple Music. We are hugely grateful to Apple Music and PRS for Music for their ongoing sponsorship, partnership and support. 2020 is also the first year that we have presented the Rising Star Award with Apple Music to recognise talented young music creators. All nominees receive a year-long mentorship from an Academy member to help unleash their potential. We are delighted to welcome legendary songwriter Joan Armatrading to Academy Fellowship. This is the highest honour that the Academy bestows and is a tribute to Joan’s incredible talent, influence and impact. This year, half the advertising revenue from this programme is being donated to The Ivors Academy Trust, who help aspiring music creators to develop their careers and craft. Our sincere thanks go to all our advertisers.

Crispin Hunt Chair

And finally, we are deeply grateful to all the judges and members of The Ivors Committee for their passion, time, dedication and commitment. While the future is far from certain, we look forward to a doubly important and celebratory Ivors in 2021. Graham Davies CEO 05



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Apple Music Welcome 2020 marks the beginning of Apple Music’s relationship with The Ivors. This first year may not have gone quite to plan, but times of great difficulty can serve to remind us of the comfort that music can provide, to which songwriters are so fundamental. Celebrating their achievements and contribution to culture and the zeitgeist in 2020 may look different from in the past, but it is no less important.

The Ivors has a storied history that has quite rightly won it its reputation as possibly the foremost songwriter awards in the world, underpinned by the fact that songwriters are judged and celebrated by their peers. We are committed to preserving the standing and character of the awards whilst also bringing innovation, which is what led to the creation of the Rising Star Award with Apple Music. Now, for new generations of talented young songwriters, winning an Ivor is within reach, with the hope that it will be a springboard for their future endeavours. In its first year, the Rising Star Award received more applications than any award in The Ivors 65 year history. 60% of those applicants were female, providing hope that the world of songwriting is moving towards an era of greater diversity, which is so sorely needed. For today, congratulations to all The Ivors 2020 winners and nominees. Without you, there is no music.

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Apple Music

Welcome

Apple is an artist-first company, and that very much includes the artistry of songwriting. From creator apps like Music Memos, GarageBand, and Logic Pro, to Apple Music and Apple Music radio, Apple has a role to play in every stage of a songwriter’s creative process and that’s a privilege and a responsibility.


PRS for Music member Greentea Peng performing at PRS Presents

FOR MUSIC

We’d like to congratulate everyone who has been nominated for an Ivor Novello Award today. We believe all music matters, which is why we’re proud to represent music creators across all genres, at every stage of their careers.

BECAUSE MUSIC MATTERS

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PRS for Music Welcome PRS for Music has been involved with this illustrious event since its inception, and today we are proud to celebrate its 65th year. An Ivor Novello Award recognises the very best in songwriting and composition, judged by peers in celebration of art, craft and creativity.

As we celebrate not only at a distance this year, but against the backdrop of an industry in flux and upheaval, we remain unwavering in our commitment to The Ivors Academy and the members of our shared community during these challenging and unprecedented times. Music has brought us even closer together and played a poignant role in providing comfort and resolve and so it’s only right that we unite, virtually, to remember the vibrant creative talent that drives our industry forward.

PRS for Music

Welcome

Shining a light on the extraordinary talent of our British and Irish music creators, PRS for Music is proud to continue its support of the Most Performed Work Award, honouring songs that thrived in 2019.

We also pay tribute to those who came before us, and the music creators and industry veterans who left us last year. Our lives would not have been so enriched without the music they created. A huge congratulations to all the songwriters and composers nominated. We thank the music publishers and teams who believe in and support their creativity. And to the winners, your songs are now internationally recognised as being among the finest in the world. You are an inspiration to us all.

Andrea C Martin CEO

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Best Album The Nominees

Ghosteen Nominated writers: Nick Cave and Warren Ellis Nominated UK publisher: Kobalt Music Publishing Performed by: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Awards

Best Album

Grey Area Nominated writers: Inflo and Little Simz Nominated UK publisher: Universal Music Publishing Performed by: Little Simz

The Book of Traps and Lessons Nominated writers: Dan Carey and Kae Tempest Nominated UK publishers: Warner Chappell Music and Domino Publishing Company Performed by: Kae Tempest

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CongratULATIONs

Dan Carey, Dave, J Hus, MJ Cole, Rag’n’Bone Man, & Stormzy


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Best Contemporary Song The Nominees

Awards

Firesmoke Nominated writers: Dan Carey and Kae Tempest Nominated UK publishers: Warner Chappell Music and Domino Publishing Company Performed by: Kae Tempest

Must Be Nominated writers: JAE5 and J Hus Nominated UK publishers: Black Butter Music Publishing – Kobalt Music Publishing and Warner Chappell Music Performed by: J Hus

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Best Contemporary Song

Black Nominated writers: Dave and Fraser T Smith Nominated UK publishers: Warner Chappell Music and Kobalt Music Publishing Performed by: Dave


CONGRATULATES ALL OF

THE IVOR NOVELLO AWARD NOMINEES AND WINNERS

THAT WE ARE PROUD TO REPRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES

Steve Mac Lewis Capaldi Jamie N Commons Calvin Harris Rag ‘n’ Bone Man Stargate

(Mikkel Eriksen & Tor Erik Hermansen)

Martin Phipps Tom Hodge Sam Fender MJ Cole Stormzy JAE5 J Hus Kae Tempest Dave Peter Kelleher Benjamin Kohn ASCAP LONDON OFFICE SIMON GREENAWAY - VICE PRESIDENT, MEMBERSHIP UK / CONTINENTAL EUROPE DAVID RYAN JORDAN - DIRECTOR, MEMBERSHIP UK / CONTINENTAL EUROPE BEN NEWPORT - COORDINATOR, MEMBERSHIP UK / CONTINENTAL EUROPE CONTACT: +44 (0)207 439 0909


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Best Original Film Score The Nominees

Midsommar Nominated composer: Bobby Krlic Nominated UK publisher: A24 Music – Kobalt Music Publishing

Monos Nominated composer: Mica Levi Nominated UK publisher: Beggars Music

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Best Original Film Score

Awards

For Sama Nominated composer: Nainita Desai Nominated UK publisher: Manners McDade Music Publishing



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Best Original Video Game Score The Nominees

Draugen Nominated composer: Simon Poole

Lost Ember Nominated composers: Dorian Behner, John Broomhall and Will Morton

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Best Original Video Game Score

Awards

Arise: A Simple Story Nominated composer: David Garcia Diaz



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Best Song Musically and Lyrically The Nominees

Awards

Crown Nominated writers: MJ Cole, Jimmy Napes and Stormzy Nominated UK publishers: Warner Chappell Music and Downtown Music Publishing Performed by: Stormzy

Dead Boys Nominated writer: Sam Fender Nominated UK publisher: Kobalt Music Publishing Performed by: Sam Fender

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Best Song Musically and Lyrically

Age of Anxiety Nominated writer: Jamie Cullum Nominated UK publisher: Sentric Music Ltd Performed by: Jamie Cullum


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Best Television Soundtrack The Nominees

Rise of the Nazis Nominated composer: Tom Hodge Nominated UK publishers: BBC Studios Distribution Limited obo 72 Films Limited – Universal Music Publishing and Leland Originals Publishing – Decca Publishing

The Crown (series 3) Nominated composer: Martin Phipps Nominated UK publishers: Du Vinage Publishing and Sony/ATV Music Publishing

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Best Television Soundtrack

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Euphoria Nominated composer: Labrinth Nominated UK publisher: Universal Music Publishing


CONGRATULATIONS

STEVE MAC

ON RECEIVING THE IVOR NOVELLO AWARD FOR SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR WE ARE PROUD TO REPRESENT ROKSTONE MUSIC FROM EVERYONE AT UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING


CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NOMINEES LITTLE SIMZ JAMIE N COMMONS WILL JENNINGS TOM HODGE

(BBC / DECCA PUBLISHING)

EUPHORIA

(COMPOSED BY LABRINTH)

GRIFF FROM EVERYONE AT UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING


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PRS for Music Most Performed Work The Nominees

Dancing with a Stranger Nominated writers: Mikkel Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith Nominated UK publishers: EMI Music Publishing, Downtown Music Publishing, Stellar Songs – EMI Music Publishing and Naughty Words – Sony/ATV Music Publishing Performed by: Sam Smith and Normani

Giant Nominated writers: Calvin Harris, Jamie Hartman, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and Troy Miller Nominated UK publishers: EMI Music Publishing, Reservoir Reverb Music, Warner Chappell Music and Bucks Music Group Performed by: Calvin Harris and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man

Higher Love Nominated writers: Will Jennings and Steve Winwood Nominated UK publishers: Universal Music Publishing and Kobalt Music Services Ltd obo F.S. Music Ltd Performed by: Kygo x Whitney Houston

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Someone You Loved Nominated writers: Thomas Barnes, Lewis Capaldi, Peter Kelleher, Benjamin Kohn and Sam Roman Nominated UK publishers: BMG Rights Management and Sony/ATV Music Publishing Performed by: Lewis Capaldi

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PRS for Music Most Performed Work

Hold Me While You Wait Nominated writers: Lewis Capaldi, Jamie N Commons and Jamie Hartman Nominated UK publishers: BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing and Reservoir Reverb Music Performed by: Lewis Capaldi



SESAC CONGRATULATES Jimmy Napes 2020 IVOR NOVELLO AWARD NOMINEE Best Song Musically and Lyrically PRS for Music Most Performed Work




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Rising Star Award with Apple Music Introducing Like comets, new Ivor Novello Awards don’t come around very often. So it’s fitting that this year’s new addition – the first in 10 years – is the Rising Star Award with Apple Music, dedicated to those who will be blazing a trail through the music universe in the future. The new gong honours young British and Irish songwriters and composers who demonstrate exceptional potential and ambition, and the record-breaking number of entries (60% of them female) shows that there is no shortage of fresh talent out there.

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Even better, the sheer range of the five nominees demonstrates the diversity of the next generation of Ivor winners, with each nominee being mentored by an established star. Take Amahla for example. This young soul singer is no stranger to being picked out for acclaim – selected for a Carla Marie Williams songwriting weekender in 2017, the following year she was awarded the PRS Foundation’s Lynsey de Paul Prize and the MOBO Help Musicians Fund. But the Ivor stands out. “Storytelling is my passion,” she says. “And to know established songwriters recognise something special within me is incredibly encouraging. It’s already pushing me to dream bigger.” Amahla’s deeply intelligent and strikingly direct songwriting, as displayed on her brilliant Consider This EP and latest single Apathy, has already won considerable acclaim and millions of streams. She says she is “inspired through conversation”, adding: “Songwriting helps clarify my thoughts and connect with people I never thought I could. Songwriting is powerful because I can make big and complicated issues accessible to people who wouldn’t otherwise listen.” And people will surely listen to Amahla in ever larger numbers. But, wherever her subsequent career takes her, it will be that human connection that matters most to this old-school songwriter from the Leonard Cohen/Nina Simone school.

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“I want my voice to become the soundtrack to people’s lives,” she smiles. “I want my music to represent my era but I want my songs to inspire others to break it down and reconstruct it, to innovate what music sounds like in our future.”

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The future is also on the mind of fellow nominee Carmel Smickersgill. Smickersgill hails from a very different corner of the musical universe, composing both classical and electronic pieces that have already seen her receive the 2019 Christopher Brooks Composition Prize from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. For her, The Ivors recognition means “encouragement, validation and being given the fuel to start new projects and write for myself”. “It has given me the confidence to pursue projects that I would have been too unsure of whether anyone would listen to them,” she enthuses. “The nomination gives you the freedom to trust your artistic gut.” And Smickersgill’s instincts already have a strong track record. “My compositional style ranges from dark electronic to zestful pieces for concert hall,” she says. “Despite the diversity of artists and ensembles I’ve collaborated with or written for, I always want my music to feel honest.” It’s that commitment that marks Smickersgill out as a star for the future, and you can expect her already-impressive range of projects to only expand in the future. “I feel incredibly privileged to be able to do what I do and one of the best parts is that one day you can be writing for a classical artist then, the next week, collaborating as part of a theatre company and leaving that to go on tour with a band,” she says. “The only thing I hope to achieve is that I can keep swimming through this mixture of cultures and worlds, and avoid having to get a ‘job’ job.” 31


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Similarly, unlikely to impact on future employment figures is Sarah-Faith Griffiths, aka GRIFF. With deals for publishing with Universal Music and records with Warner Records already in place, she is one of the hottest tips for stardom in the musical galaxy. But The Ivors acknowledgement brings real validation. “It means I must be doing something right!” she laughs. “Literally this time last year, I’d just finished my A levels, and I remember feeling super run down from going from session to lesson, to session to lesson for months. I didn’t even know if it would ever lead to a career in music, it just felt like something I had to pursue. So to be a year in to releasing music full time, and to be recognised for this award is beyond encouraging!” Griff already has more bangers than a Bonfire Night barbeque, with her Mirror Talk EP and Say It Again and Forgive Myself singles heralding the arrival of a major new pop voice. She says she tries to write “uplifting songs, even if the lyrics are sad” and to “pair satisfying melodies to honest, conversational lyrics about whatever I’m feeling at the time”. That formula is certainly working, with Radio 1 and a host of media tastemakers already on board. But, tellingly, Griff is focused on her craft. “I hope I just keep writing better songs,” she says. “Songs that say and sound like something new. If I can do that, then hopefully more people connect to the music and the success will follow.” 32


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Success is also on the horizon for our next nominee, lullahush, aka Irish producer Daniel McIntyre. Working at the unique triangulation point between poetry, pop and production, lullahush has already been behind beautifully idiosyncratic compositions such as Elysium and If Spring Had A Spare Room I’d Rent It With You. And while lullahush is clearly an artist following the trail less travelled, The Ivors have convinced him it’s the correct one.

Once you hear lullahush, however, the nomination seems anything but. McIntyre is fully committed, recently producing his first audio/ visual interactive installation to help get his message across. “It’s that thing of, ‘write the truth’,” he says. “It’s more about feeling than style. Even if it’s other-worldly or abstract, just get to the place where it’s like, ‘This feels genuine’. Once you’re telling the truth, everything falls into place and you know where to go.” And lullahush, in common with all of this year’s nominees, is clearly going places. “Success for me would mean continually evolving,” he says. “Getting to experiment and always push myself not to repeat, to say something, move on, and then say something else. Happiness is creative fulfillment, and that’s pretty much what I’m going for.” 33

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“There’s this feeling of, ‘It’s OK now, you are doing the right thing’, and then the honour of it being the Ivor Novellos kicks in!” he grins. “Mica Levi and Nick Cave are nominated for one, and so am I, it’s crazy...”


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It’s a message that also chimes with the final Rising Star nominee, Mysie. A working musician since she was just 16, Lizbet Sempa’s dream collaborations would include Rosalía, Thundercat and Tame Impala and she lists her musical ambitions as hoping to “continue to grow, play and explore”. Mysie has already done plenty of all three, as the celestial vocals and visionary sounds on her Heartbeat and Gift singles and her Chapter 11 EP show. She describes her Rising Star nomination as “an absolute honour”. “It is so amazing to be acknowledged for my work at this early stage of my career and it is such a great achievement for my songwriting,” she says. “To be nominated is an incredible opportunity. It means the world to me.” Mysie has music in her blood; the granddaughter of a Ugandan jazz musician, African culture and London life both resonate through her unique songwriting. “I have always gone with what I feel when it comes to songwriting, and the music always takes the lead,” she says. “I love to play around with structure, melody and different chord progressions. I love really going with the flow of the music. It’s really about what feels natural to me but also what carries purpose.” And there, Mysie surely speaks for all the Ivor Novello Award nominees. Like all Rising Stars, they’re here to make life brighter, and will be lighting up our universe for years to come. MARK SUTHERLAND 34


KOBALT MUSIC PUBLISHING SONGWRITERS NOMINATED IN 5 CATEGORIES

AWAL ARTISTS TAKE 2 OUT OF 3 BEST ALBUM NOMINATIONS

AMAHLA 1 OF 5 ARTISTS SHORTLISTED FOR THE APPLE MUSIC RISING STAR AWARD

CONGRATS TO ALL OF OUR ARTIST AND SONGWRITER NOMINEES BEST ALBUM Ghosteen Written by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis (Kobalt Music Publishing) Performed by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (AWAL) Grey Area Written by Little Simz and Inflo Performed by Little Simz (AWAL) BEST SONG MUSICALLY & LYRICALLY ‘Dead Boys’ Written and performed by Sam Fender (Kobalt Music Publishing) BEST CONTEMPORARY SONG ‘Black’ Written by Dave and Fraser T Smith (Kobalt Music Publishing) ‘Must Be’ Written by JAE5 (Kobalt Music Publishing via Black Butter) and J Hus BEST ORIGINAL FILM SCORE ‘Midsommar’ Composed by Bobby Krlic (Kobalt Music Publishing via A24 Music) PRS FOR MUSIC MOST PERFORMED WORK 'Higher Love' Written by Steve Winwood (Kobalt Music Services Ltd obo F.S. Music Ltd) and Will Jennings Performed by Kygo x Whitney Houston RISING STAR AWARD WITH APPLE MUSIC Amahla (AWAL)


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Songwriter of the Year Steve Mac


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The best songwriters go on hot streaks; those periods where everything they produce turns into composition gold. The very best songwriters will enjoy several of those during their careers. But very few have been on the sort of run that Steve Mac has been on lately. The genial writer and producer has been making hits for 30 years, of course, but even his already stellar career has gone into overdrive in the last couple of years. In 2019, the year for which he’s being honoured with this year’s Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year, he co-wrote many of the year’s defining hits. Mabel’s rise to superstardom was powered by Don’t Call Me Up, the irresistible anthem penned by Mac with Mabel and Camille Purcell.

Add in hits for Marshmello, Westlife and Jax Jones; key album tracks with Tom Walker, James Morrison and Liam Payne; and wonderful soundtrack songs from Kelly Clarkson and Sigrid, and Mac’s 2019 starts to look even more remarkable. And that’s before you assess the continuing global impact of co-writes such as Anne-Marie’s 2002, Little Mix’s Woman Like Me, Jess Glynne’s Thursday and Marshmello/Bastille’s Happier. Or consider that, in 2017, he co-wrote Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You; Spotify’s most-streamed song in history and a tune with global sales now over 43 million. No wonder the awards have been flowing almost as steadily as his stream of hits, although you suspect this year’s Ivor Novello Award will take pride of place on his shelf. But you can bet there will be no resting on his laurels. Because, as well as his unique talent for writing the right song for the right time, Steve Mac also has a phenomenal work ethic and the ambition to better even his incredible achievements. Long may the hot streak continue. MARK SUTHERLAND

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And then there was South Of The Border by Mac’s long-term collaborator Ed Sheeran, featuring Camilla Cabello and Cardi B. For many the standout cut from Sheeran’s No.6 Collaborations Project No.1 album, it became the 62nd Top 5 UK single that Mac has worked on as either writer, producer or both. That’s 62 solid gold (and platinum and multi-platinum) smashes.


ON WINNING THE IVOR NOVELLO AWARD FOR SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR 2020

From Julian Bentley, Stuart Barry and everyone at Swan Turton Solicitors


CONGRATULATIONS FROM EVERYONE AT

ROKSTONE MUSIC + DARAH

Photo Paul Harries

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR


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Academy Fellowship Joan Armatrading


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Everybody loves Joan Armatrading. The only question is, which era is your favourite? As you might expect of a singer and songwriter who’s not far off racking up 50 incredible years in the business, Armatrading has covered a lot of ground in a career for which the word ‘trailblazing’ is barely adequate.

That is why, this year, Armatrading – already the recipient of an Outstanding Contemporary Song Collection Ivor – has been selected to become an Ivors Academy Fellow, the latest honour in a career strewn with the likes of an MBE, a BASCA Gold Badge and the Radio 2 Folk Awards Lifetime Achievement gong. Her career began in 1972 with debut album Whatever’s For Us and has taken in many a genre and style since, across more than 20 albums and millions of record sales. Throughout it all though, we’ve been blessed with Armatrading’s unique voice and disarming style, in which she articulates complex human emotions with beautiful simplicity. That skillset has taken her around the world and also into places where few others have been granted access. She was the first ever British female artist to be nominated for a Grammy Award in the blues categories, the first non-jazz artist to play Ronnie Scott’s main room and was handpicked to play her tribute song, The Messenger, to its subject, Nelson Mandela, in 2001. Somehow, along the way, she has also found time to gain a BA Hons in History, do tireless work for charity and even run marathons. Today, however, it’s to be hoped she slows down slightly, as we celebrate one of the UK’s most remarkable songwriters, in all her many guises. MARK SUTHERLAND

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Academy Fellowship

But whether your favourite Armatrading places involve visiting the irresistible power pop of 1983’s Drop The Pilot; the smouldering balladry of 1976’s Love And Affection; the raw soul of 2003’s Lovers Speak album; the feisty new wave of 1980’s Me Myself I; the gritty blues of 2007’s Into The Blues; the unapologetic intensity of her latest record, 2018’s Not Too Far Away; or any of the points in between, all the manifestations of Joan Armatrading have one thing in common. Amazing songwriting.


CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR BMG SONGWRITERS AND ARTISTS 2020 IVOR NOVELLO AWARDS.

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The Juries An Ivor Novello Award represents peer recognition.

Best Album Nick Hodgson, Juliette Jackson, Omar Lye-Fook, Katie Melua, Nitin Sawhney (chair), Joe Talbot and Jessie Ware

Best Song Musically and Lyrically Lily Allen, Joan Armatrading (chair), Imelda May, Tom Odell, Sacha Skarbek, Lisa Stansfield and Bruce Woolley

Best Contemporary Song Joel Baker, Andy Barlow (chair), Pauline Black, Steve Booker, Miranda Cooper, Ghetts and Nao

Best Television Soundtrack Ben Bartlett, Joel Cadbury, Damian Coldwell, Tara Crème, Toby Jarvis, Deborah Mollison (chair) and Anna Phoebe

Best Original Film Score John Altman, Esmeralda Conde Ruiz, Alexandra Hamilton-Ayres, Dan Jones (chair), Jessica Jones, Blair Mowat and Vince Pope

Rising Star Award with Apple Music Dan Adams, Iain Archer, Fini Bearman, Caroline Devine, Dyo, Richard Jacques, Daniel Kidane, Shaznay Lewis, Helienne Lindvall (chair), Karen Poole, Orphy Robinson, Nile Rodgers, Laura Rossi and Marc Sylvan

Best Original Video Game Score Robin Beanland, Joris de Man, David Housden, Niamh Houston, Richard Jacques (chair), Jessica Kelly and Jade Leamcharaskul

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Awards Panels

The Ivors Academy would like to thank all the songwriters and composers who sat on our award juries in 2020:


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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

In the following pages we honour those we have lost from the songwriting and composing community over the last 15 months

Peter Green guitarist, singer and songwriter 29 October 1946 - 25 July 2020

Bonnie Pointer singer and songwriter 11 July 1950 - 8 June 2020

Judy Dyble singer-songwriter 13 February 1949 - 12 July 2020

Don Weller jazz musician and composer 19 December 1940 - 30 May 2020

Ennio Morricone composer and conductor 10 November 1928 - 6 July 2020

Jonathan Whitehead composer 21 October 1960 - 26 May 2020

John Mandel musician, composer and arranger 23 November 1925 - 29 June 2020

Mory KantĂŠ musician, singer and songwriter 29 March 1950 - 22 May 2020

Vera Lynn singer 20 March 1917 - 18 June 2020

Phil May singer and songwriter 9 November 1944 - 15 May 2020

Keith Tippett pianist, composer and bandleader 25 August 1947 - 14 June 2020

Brian Hodgson musician and songwriter - 15 May 2020

Rupert Hine record producer, musician and songwriter 21 September 1947 - 4 June 2020

Betty Wright singer and songwriter 21 December 1953 - 10 May 2020

Steve Priest musician and songwriter 23 February 1948 - 4 June 2020

Little Richard singer-songwriter 5 December 1932 - 9 May 2020

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John Prine singer-songwriter 10 October 1946 to 7 April 2020

Brian Howe singer and songwriter 22 July 1953 - 6 May 2020

Adam Schlesinger musician, songwriter and singer 31 October 1967 - 1 April 2020

David Greenfield songwriter and musician 29 March 1949 - 3 May 2020

Bill Withers singer and songwriter 4 July 1938 - 30 March 2020

Tony Allen drummer and composer 12 August 1940 - 30 April 2020

Alan Merrill singer, songwriter and musician 19 February 1951 - 29 March 2020

John Gregory composer and band leader 12 October 1924 – 23 April 2020

Joe Diffie musician, singer and songwriter 28 December 1958 - 29 March 2020

Florian Schneider musician and composer 7 April 1947 - 21 April 2020

Krzysztof Penderecki composer and conductor 23 November 1933 - 29 March 2020

Lee Konitz jazz musician 13 October 1927 - 15 April 2020

Bob Andy singer-songwriter and record producer 28 October 1944 - 27 March 2020

Kenny Young songwriter, musician and producer 14 April 1941 – 14 April 2020

Bill Martin songwriter 9 November 1938 - 26 March 2020

Dmitri Smirnov composer and translator 2 November 1948 - 9 April 2020

Manu Dibango musician and songwriter 12 December 1933 - 24 March 2020

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In Memoriam

Ty rapper and songwriter 17 August 1972 - 7 May 2020


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Julie Felix folk singer and songwriter 14 June 1938 - 22 March 2020

Terry Jones actor and songwriter 1 February 1942 – 21 January 2020

Kenny Rogers singer, producer and songwriter 21 August 1938 - 20 March 2020

Jimmy Heath saxophonist and composer 25 October 1926 - 19 January 2020

Genesis P-Orridge musician, writer and performance artist 22 February 1950 - 14 March 2020

Hylda Sims folk musician 3 April 1932 – 13 January 2020

McCoy Tyner jazz musician and composer 11 December 1938 - 6 March 2020

Neil Peart drummer and songwriter 12 September 1952 - 7 January 2020

Laurie Morgan jazz musician and composer 4 September 1926 - 5 February 2020

Neil Innes musician and songwriter 9 December 1944 - 29 December 2019

Andy Weatherall DJ and producer 6 April 1963 - 17 February 2020

Jerry Herman composer and lyricist 10 July 1931 - 26 December 2019

Pearl Carr singer 2 November 1921 - 16 February 2020

Allee Willis songwriter 10 November 1947 - 24 December 2019

Joseph Shabalala singer, composer and choir leader 28 August 1940 - 11 February 2020

Kenny Lynch singer, songwriter and actor 18 March 1938 - 18 December 2019

Andy Gill songwriter and guitarist 1 January 1956 - 1 February 2020

Marie Fredriksson singer and songwriter 30 May 1958 - 9 December 2019

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Jonathan Goldstein composer 27 September 1968 – 25 August 2019

Herbert Chappell composer, conductor and producer 18 March 1934 - 20 October 2019

Bob Wilber jazz musician and band leader 15 March 1928 - 4 August 2019

Ginger Baker drummer and songwriter 19 August 1939 - 6 October 2019

Bernie Frost songwriter and guitarist - 4 August 2019

Giya Kancheli composer 10 August 1935 - 2 October 2019

Barrington Pheloung composer and conductor 10 May 1954 - 1 August 2019

Barrie Masters musician and songwriter 4 May 1956 - 2 October 2019

Art Neville musician and songwriter 17 December 1937 - 22 July 2019

Robert Hunter songwriter and musician 23 June 1941 - 23 September 2019

Doug Flett songwriter 13 October 1935 – 15 July 2019

Ric Ocasek musician and songwriter 23 March 1944 - 15 September 2019

Johnny Clegg singer-songwriter and activist 7 June 1953 - 16 July 2019

Hossam Ramzy percussionist, arranger and composer 15 December 1953 - 10 September 2019

João Gilberto musician and songwriter 10 June 1931 - 6 July 2019

Daniel Johnston singer, songwriter and artist 22 January 1961 - 10 September 2019

Dr John musician and songwriter 20 November 1941 - 6 June 2019

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In Memoriam

Irving Burgie songwriter 28 July 1924 - 29 November 2019


Celebrating the creative excellence of the most talented composers in contemporary classical, jazz and sound arts

Nominees announced: 27th October 2020 Winners announced: 1st December 2020


The Ivors 2020

The Ivors 2020 The Ivors Academy wishes to thank Apple Music PRS for Music Matt Wilkinson, Katie Jackson and Tom Thorogood at Apple Music 1 Mike Wilson and Meltcharm Products Ltd for our exquisite statuettes Members of The Ivors Committee The songwriters and composers who sat on this year’s judging panels Pete Compton, our Independent Adjudicator

David Arnold, Kamille, Nile Rodgers, Fraser T Smith and Anna Meredith this year’s Rising Star Award with Apple Music Mentors Joanne Viner for the programme production Mark Sutherland for writing our award profiles Jens Wolter for the 2020 creative Everyone who advertised in the official awards programme Claire Howes, Leah Moir and team at Taylor Herring PR

At The Ivors Academy Director of Awards, Fran Matthews Awards Manager, Cindy Truong Awards Administrator, Tilly Flynn Director of Membership, Marketing & Communications, Mark Taylor Marketing Manager, Anna Brown Graphic Design Intern, Hannah Mayall

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The Ivors Academy thanks

Acknowledgements

The Ministry for use of their studio rooms and cinema for judging


The Ivors 2020

The Ivors Academy of Music Creators

Chief Executive Graham Davies The Ivors Committee Iain Archer, Fini Bearman, Caroline Devine, Dyo, Paul Gambaccini, Richard Jacques, Daniel Kidane, Shaznay Lewis, Helienne Lindvall, Karen Poole, Orphy Robinson MBE, Nile Rodgers, Laura Rossi, Marc Sylvan

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The Ivors Academy

The Ivors Academy Board Mark Ayres, Gary Carpenter, Tom Gray, Crispin Hunt (Chair), Helienne Lindvall, Emma McClarkin, Julia Montero, Orphy Robinson MBE, Emily Saunders, William Sweeney, Marc Sylvan, Jo Thomas, Martyn Ware, Hope Winter (shared role), Imogen Williams (shared role)