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The Ivors

The Ivors with Apple Music is the UK's foremost celebration of creative excellence in songwriting and screen composition.

The Ivors returns on Thursday 19th May 2022

The Ivors celebrates creative excellence by British and Irish songwriters and screen composers. It is one of the most loved and respected moments in music.

The Ivors 2021 winners have been announced. Explore the winners below and listen to music and more on Apple Music.

Recognised as a pinnacle of achievement since they were first presented in 1956, The Ivors Academy presents Ivor Novello Awards for exceptional songwriting and composing. Each Ivor is unique as it represents peer recognition with categories judged by award-winning songwriters and composers from across the Academy’s membership.

2021 Winners

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A HERO’S DEATH

Written by Grian Chatten, Thomas Coll, Conor Curley, Conor Deegan and Carlos O’Connell
Published in the UK by Domino Publishing Company

Performed by Fontaines D.C.
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LIANNE LA HAVAS

Written by Matthew Hales and Lianne La Havas 
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing and Warner Chappell Music

Performed by Lianne La Havas
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SEND THEM TO COVENTRY

Written by Felix Joseph, Alastair O’Donnell and Pa Salieu
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing, Neo Songs-BMG UK and Sony Music Publishing

Performed by Pa Salieu
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SONG FOR OUR DAUGHTER

Written by Laura Marling
Published in the UK by Kobalt Music Publishing

Performed by Laura Marling
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WHAT KINDA MUSIC

Written by Yussef Dayes, Tom Misch and Rocco Palladino
Published in the UK by YD Music-Kobalt Music Publishing and Universal Music Publishing

Performed by Tom Misch + Yussef Dayes
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CHILDREN OF THE INTERNET

Written by Dave and Fraser T Smith
Published in the UK by Warner Chappell Music and Kobalt Music Publishing

Performed by Future Utopia feat. Dave & Es Devlin
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DAISY

Written by Ashnikko and Slinger
Published in the UK by Warner Chappell Music and Copyright Control

Performed by Ashnikko
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ENERGY

Written by Kwes Darko, Felix Joseph, Mahalia, Alastair O’Donnell and Pa Salieu
Published in the UK by Young Songs-Sony Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing, Kobalt Music Publishing, Neo Songs-BMG UK and Sony Music Publishing

Performed by Pa Salieu feat. Mahalia
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GIVE ME A REASON

Written by Rachel Chinouriri and Tom Henry
Published in the UK by Reservoir Reverb Music

Performed by Rachel Chinouriri
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TOP SCHEME

Written by For Those I Love
Published in the UK by September Music Publishing-Universal Music Publishing

Performed by For Those I Love
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CALM WITH HORSES

Composed by Blanck Mass
Published in the UK by BMG UK

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FOUR KIDS AND IT

Composed by Anne Nikitin
Published in the UK by FKAI Productions

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SAINT MAUD

Composed by Adam Janota Bzowski
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing

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THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

Composed by Daniel Pemberton
Published in the UK by KMR Music Royalties II SCSP

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TWO BY TWO: OVERBOARD!

Composed by Craig Stuart Garfinkle and Eimear Noone
Published in the UK by Accorder Music

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LITTLE ORPHEUS

Composed by Jessica Curry and Jim Fowler
Published in the UK by Faber Music and Manners McDade Music Publishing

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BLACK DOG

Written by Gianluca Buccellati and Arlo Parks
Published in the UK by One Two Many Songs-Sony Music Publishing and Young Songs-Sony Music Publishing

Performed by Arlo Parks
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GANG

Written by Fred again.. and Headie One
Published in the UK by Promised Land Music-Universal Music Publishing and Universal Music Publishing

Performed by Headie One and Fred again..
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GOD’S OWN CHILDREN

Written by Barney Lister and Obongjayar
Published in the UK by Promised Land Music-Universal Music Publishing and Beggars Music

Performed by Obongjayar
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MAN’S WORLD

Written by Marina
Published in the UK by Warner Chappell Music

Performed by Marina
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STOP THIS FLAME

Written by Celeste and Jamie Hartman
Published in the UK by Warner Chappell Music and Reservoir Reverb Music

Performed by Celeste
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A SUITABLE BOY

Composed by Alex Heffes and Anoushka Shankar
Published in the UK by Bright Notion Music-Decca Publishing, Anourag Music Publishing, Lookout Point-BBC Studios Distribution

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DEVS

Composed by Geoff Barrow, Ben Salisbury and The Insects
Published in the UK by Sony Music Publishing

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DRACULA

Composed by David Arnold and Michael Price
Published in the UK by Bucks Music Group and Sony Music Publishing

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NOUGHTS + CROSSES

Composed by Matthew Herbert
Published in the UK by Bucks Music Group and Sony Music Publishing

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US

Composed by Oli Julian
Published in the UK by Concord FTV

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ADORE YOU

Written by Amy Allen, Tyler Johnson, Kid Harpoon and Harry Styles
Published in the UK by Artist Publishing Group West-Kobalt Music Publishing, Concord Music Publishing and Universal Music Publishing

Performed by Harry Styles
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BEFORE YOU GO

Written by Tom Barnes, Lewis Capaldi, Pete Kelleher, Ben Kohn and Phil Plested
Published in the UK by BMG UK and Hotel Cabana-Sony Music Publishing

Performed by Lewis Capaldi
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HEAD & HEART

Written by Jonathan Courtidis, Dan Dare and Robert Harvey
Published in the UK by Sony Music Publishing and Minds On Fire

Performed by Joel Corry feat. MNEK
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SOMEONE YOU LOVED

Written by Tom Barnes, Lewis Capaldi, Pete Kelleher, Ben Kohn and Sam Roman
Published in the UK by BMG UK and Sony Music Publishing

Performed by Lewis Capaldi
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WATERMELON SUGAR

Written by Tyler Johnson, Kid Harpoon, Mitchell Rowland and Harry Styles
Published in the UK by Concord Music Publishing and Universal Music Publishing

Performed by Harry Styles
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ALLEGRA

As her social media points out, Allegra means ‘lively’ in Italian. And the soulful singer-songwriter’s ascent has certainly been a hectic one, involving everything from cutting her first demo at 13, to walking away from it all to volunteer at a Buddhist retreat centre. But that life experience has certainly paid off: an accomplished co-writer, she has now released two gorgeous songs as solo singles, Spectacles and Excuse Me, and is working on her debut EP. Expect it to be a lively one, in anyone’s language.

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HOLLY HUMBERSTONE

Grantham is most famous as Margaret Thatcher’s birthplace, but Holly Humberstone – also from the Lincolnshire town – is about to change that. The unique singer-songwriter – all cutting lyrics and irresistible pop melodies – has already supported Lewis Capaldi at Wembley Arena, become an Apple Music Up Next Artist and placed second on the BBC’s Sound Of 2021. Lord alone knows what she might’ve achieved if Covid-19 hadn’t confined her to her parents’ house. But as she moves from Grantham to the world, we’re about to find out…

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KAMAL.

If you can judge a singer-songwriter by the company they keep, then no wonder 18-year-old Kamal is on the rise. He has co-signs from Dave, Annie Mac and Billie Eilish, while his woozy pop-R&B jams have already racked up over 45 million streams on Spotify. He’s even written one of the de facto lockdown anthems, Homebody, although it was actually penned pre-quarantine. No matter, as the world returns to normal, expect Kamal to go places, in every sense of the phrase.

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RACHEL CHINOURIRI

If versatility is the key to modern musical success, then Rachel Chinouriri is already well on her way. The singer-songwriter hails from Croydon, is of Zimbabwean heritage and has already seen her emotionally complex anthems find favour with everyone from Michaela Cole to Coldplay’s Chris Martin. The sound that launched a million syncs, Chinouriri’s debut EP, Four Degrees In Winter, already has over 2.5 million streams and showcases a writer with a song for every occasion. Expect all-round superstardom to follow.

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WILLOW KAYNE

Willow Kayne is a ‘90s obsessive, but her melting pot of influences is very 2021. Peppering her songs with hip-hop, hazy electronica and punk attitude as well as lyrics so sharp you could cut yourself on them, she’s already been signed up by Dua Lipa’s management team and scored a major label deal with Columbia. Meanwhile, her irrepressible debut single, Two Seater, laid down a marker as only a potential future superstar can, and even greater things are on the way.

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AJ TRACEY

The Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year recognises a British or Irish songwriter or songwriting partnership who wrote an outstanding body of commercially successful songs released in the UK in 2020. Listen to a selection of songs co-written by AJ Tracey on Apple Music:

Rain by Aitch and AJ Tracey feat. Tay Keith
Dinner Guest by AJ Tracey feat. MoStack
West Ten by AJ Tracey and Mabel
Ain’t It Different by Headie One feat. AJ Tracey & Stormzy
Miss Me by MoStack feat. AJ Tracey
One More Time by Not3s feat. AJ Tracey
Secure The Bag! 2, EP by AJ Tracey

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CELESTE & JAMIE HARTMAN

The Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year recognises a British or Irish songwriter or songwriting partnership who wrote an outstanding body of commercially successful songs released in the UK in 2020. Listen to a selection of songs co-written by Celeste and Jamie Hartman on Apple Music:

Stop this Flame by Celeste
I Can See The Change by Celeste
Little Runaway by Celeste
A Little Love by Celeste
Love is Back by Celeste

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KAMILLE

The Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year recognises a British or Irish songwriter or songwriting partnership who wrote an outstanding body of commercially successful songs released in the UK in 2020. Listen to a selection of songs co-written by Kamille on Apple Music:

Break Up Song by Little Mix
Holiday by Little Mix
Boyfriend by Mabel
West Ten by AJ Tracey and Mabel
Tick Tock by Clean Bandit and Mabel feat. 24Goldn
Confetti by Little Mix
Happiness by Little Mix
Cool by Dua Lipa
What’s It Gonna Be by Tiesto feat. Kamille
Lifestyle by Tiesto feat. Kamille
Ain’t It Different by Headie One feat. AJ Tracey & Stormzy
My Love Won’t Let You Down by Little Mix
Breathe by Little Mix

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KID HARPOON & HARRY STYLES

The Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year recognises a British or Irish songwriter or songwriting partnership who wrote an outstanding body of commercially successful songs released in the UK in 2020. Listen to the songs on Fine Line by Harry Styles c0-written with Kid Harpoon on Apple Music:

Fine Line by Harry Styles

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MNEK

The Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year recognises a British or Irish songwriter or songwriting partnership who wrote an outstanding body of commercially successful songs released in the UK in 2020. Listen to a selection of songs co-written by MNEK on Apple Music:

Mistakes by Jonas Blue and Paloma Faith
Heaven On My Mind by Becky Hill and Sigala
Love Is Religion by Dua Lipa
Good Vibes by Hrvy and Matoma
Sweet Melody by Little Mix
Really Love by KSI feat. Craig David & Digital Farm Animals
Dream on Me by Ella Henderson and Roger Sanchez
To The Beat of My Heart by Steps
Monster by Paloma Faith
More Than Words by Sleepwalkrs feat. MNEK
Happiness by Little Mix
Confetti by Little Mix

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Awards Programme

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Discover music from the The Ivors winners and much more on Apple Music.

Listen to our specially curated playlists, watch interviews with our 2021 Rising Stars and their mentors, and delve into our archive of Ivor Novello Award winning songs, film, and television scores.

The Ivors Academy would like to thank all those who sat on this year’s award panels and members of The Ivors Awards Committee: Dan Adams, David Arnold, John Ashton Thomas, Faris Badwan, Fred Ball, Ms Banks, Claire Batchelor, Guy Chambers, Tom Chaplin, Grace Chatto, Anne Chmelewsky, Dyo, Paul Englishby, Ilan Eshkeri, Siobhan Fahey, Heather Fenoughty, Gillian Gilbert, Alexandra Harwood, Charlotte Hatherley, Wayne Hector, Joe Henson, Natalie Holt, Crispin Hunt, Jin Jin, Adrian Johnston, Alex Kapranos, Jade Leamcharaskul, Don Letts, Shaznay Lewis, Helienne Lindvall, Steve Mackey, Maurizio Malagnini, Hélène Muddiman, Bankey Ojo, Ben Onono, Carly Paradis, Hannah Peel, Yannis Philippakis, Simon Poole, Karen Poole, Lucy Rose, Laura Rossi, Tom Rowlands, Ben Salisbury, Kojo Samuel, Emeli Sandé, Renell Shaw, Shura, Stephanie Taylor, Cleo Tighe, Tanita Tikaram, KT Tunstall, Varren Wade, Stephen Warbeck, Rob Westwood, David Wise

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