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The Ivors sees the presentation of Ivor Novello Awards to recognise creative excellence in songwriting and screen composition.

2020 Winners Announced on Wednesday 2 September

The Ivors celebrates works by UK and Irish songwriters and screen composers.

Recognised as a pinnacle of achievement since they were first presented in 1956, an Ivor Novello Award celebrates exceptional craft in music creation. Each Award represents peer recognition with categories judged by those within the UK music creator community.

This is the 65th year Ivor Novello Awards have been presented at The Ivors. Originally taking place in May, the presentation of awards was postponed to September due to Covid 19. Winners across eight nominated categories as well as recipients of Songwriter of the Year 2019 and the Academy Fellowship were exclusively revealed by Matt Wilkinson on Apple Music 1 Radio.

Listen again to The Matt Wilkinson Show along with this year’s winning works, music from all the nominees and more on Apple Music: apple.co/TheIvors

2020 Winners and Nominations

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Recipient

Joan Armatrading

An Academy Fellowship, the highest honour that The Ivors Academy bestows, recognises excellence and impact in the art and craft of music creation. This year has seen it awarded to Joan Armatrading MBE, in recognition of her peerless and enduring achievements in music.

Joan Armatrading’s four decades of superlative music-making has seen her release 21 albums, receive three Grammy nominations and become the first female British artist to debut at number 1 in the Billboard Blues chart.

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GHOSTEEN

Written by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
Published in the UK by Kobalt Music Publishing

Performed by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
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GREY AREA

Written by Inflo and Little Simz
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing

Performed by Little Simz
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THE BOOK OF TRAPS AND LESSONS

Written by Dan Carey and Kae Tempest
Published in the UK by Warner Chappell Music and Domino Publishing Company

Performed by Kae Tempest
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BLACK

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

Performed by Dave
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FIRESMOKE

Written by Dan Carey and Kae Tempest
Published in the UK by Warner Chappell Music and Domino Publishing Company

Performed by Kae Tempest
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MUST BE

Written by JAE5 and J Hus
Published in the UK by Black Butter Music Publishing – Kobalt Music Publishing and Warner Chappell Music

Performed by J Hus
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FOR SAMA

Composed by Nainita Desai:
Published in the UK by Manners McDade Music Publishing:

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MIDSOMMAR

Composed by Bobby Krlic:
Published in the UK by A24 Music – Kobalt Music Publishing

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MONOS

Composed by Mica Levi:
Published in the UK by Beggars Music:

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ARISE: A SIMPLE STORY

Composed by David Garcia Diaz

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DRAUGEN

Composed by Simon Poole

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LOST EMBER

Composed by Dorian Behner, John Broomhall and Will Morton

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AGE OF ANXIETY

Written and performed by Jamie Cullum:
Published in the UK by Sentric Music Ltd:

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CROWN

Written by MJ Cole, Jimmy Napes and Stormzy:
Performed by Stormzy:
Published in the UK by Warner Chappell Music and Downtown Music Publishing:

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DEAD BOYS

Written and performed by Sam Fender:
Published in the UK by Kobalt Music Publishing:

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EUPHORIA

Composed by Labrinth:
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing:

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RISE OF THE NAZIS

Composed by Tom Hodge:
Published in the UK by BBC Studios Distribution Limited obo 72 Films Limited – Universal Music Publishing and Leland Originals Publishing – Decca Publishing:

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THE CROWN (SERIES 3)

Composed by Martin Phipps:
Published in the UK by Du Vinage Publishing and Sony/ATV Music Publishing:

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DANCING WITH A STRANGER

Written by Mikkel Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith:
Performed by Sam Smith and Normani:
Published in the UK by EMI Music Publishing, Downtown Music Publishing, Stellar Songs – EMI Music Publishing and Naughty Words – Sony/ATV Music Publishing:

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GIANT

Written by Calvin Harris, Jamie Hartman, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and Troy Miller:
Performed by Calvin Harris and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man:
Published in the UK by EMI Music Publishing, Reservoir Reverb Music, Warner Chappell Music and Bucks Music Group:

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HIGHER LOVE

Written by Will Jennings and Steve Winwood:
Performed by Kygo x Whitney Houston:
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing and Kobalt Music Services Ltd obo F.S. Music Ltd:

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HOLD ME WHILE YOU WAIT

Written by Lewis Capaldi, Jamie N Commons and Jamie Hartman:
Performed by Lewis Capaldi:
Published in the UK by BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing and Reservoir Reverb Music:

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SOMEONE YOU LOVED

Written by Thomas Barnes, Lewis Capaldi, Peter Kelleher, Benjamin Kohn and Sam Roman:
Performed by Lewis Capaldi:
Published in the UK by BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd and Sony/ATV Music Publishing:

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AMAHLA

Soul singer-songwriter Amahla has already garnered critical acclaim since releasing her debut EP ‘Consider This’ and performances at The Royal Albert Hall and Jazz Cafe. Amahla’s latest single ‘Apathy’ showcases her ability to influence society not only to reflect it.

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CARMEL SMICKERSGILL

Carmel Smickersgill is a composer based in Manchester working predominantly within classical and electronic genres. A Royal Northern College of Music graduate, she is also the recipient of the 2019 Christopher Brooks prize with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.

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GRIFF

Pop artist Griff plays, writes and largely produces her own music, blending soulful vocals with pop hooks over sparse atmospheric arrangements and beats. Her most recent single ‘Forgive Myself’ follows ‘Good Stuff’ and 2019’s EP ‘The Mirror Talk’.

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LULLAHUSH

Irish songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Daniel McIntyre is the talent behind musical project lullahush. A measure of the distance between ambience and pop, lullahush released ‘Elysium’ and ‘If Spring Had a Spare Room I’d Rent It With You’ in 2019.

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MYSIE

Artist and songwriter Mysie released her debut EP ‘Chapter 11’ in 2019. Focused on the freedom music provides and rejecting genres and stereotypes, she has since dropped additional singles ‘Sweet Relief’, ‘Heartbeat’ and most recently, ‘Gift’.

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Recipient

Steve Mac

The Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year has been presented since 1974 and recognises a writer whose creativity has made an identifiable impact on the award year.

This year’s recipient is songwriter Steve Mac, who co-wrote some of 2019’s stand out hits including Mabel’s ‘Don’t Call Me Up’ and ‘Mad Love’, ‘South Of The Border’ by Ed Sheeran featuring Camila Cabello and Cardi B, Westlife’s ‘Hello My Love’ and ‘Better Man’ and ‘Harder’ by Jax Jones and Bebe Rexha.

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2020 Awards Programme

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The Ivors 2020 winner for Best Original Game Score Simon Poole • Draugen

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The Ivors 2020 winner for Best Contemporary Song @santandave • Black

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The Ivors 2020 winner for Best Contemporary Song @frasertsmith • Black

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The Ivors 2020 winner Songwriter of the Year 2019 Steve Mac @rokstoneprod

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The Ivors 2020 winner for PRS for Music Most Performed Work @bensbrother1 • Giant

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The Ivors 2020 winner for PRS for Music Most Performed Work @ragnbonemanuk • Giant

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The Ivors 2020 Rising Star Award with Apple Music winner @mmmmysie

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The Ivors 2020 winner for Best Song Musically and Lyrically @jamiecullum • Age of Anxiety

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The Ivors 2020 winner for Best Television Soundtrack @Labrinth • Euphoria

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@santandave describes his second Ivor win in as many years as “an honour of a lifetime” #TheIvors 🏆 🎤

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Ivor Novello Award winner @frasertsmith tell us about working with @santandave on Black, which has won Best Contemporary Song at #TheIvors 🙌🙏 ...

Watch what our new Fellow @armatradingjoan had to say about receiving the prestigious Academy Fellowship at this year’s #TheIvors 🙌🙌🙌 ...

In accepting the Ivor Novello Award @thehaxancloak praises everyone involved in Midsommar for allowing him to “write a score that was so true to myself” 🎼 💓

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Winner of Best Song Musically and Lyrically @jamiecullum tells us why being recognised for this work in particular means so much 🤗🎉👏

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“I am so excited for the future and the music.” Big congratulations to @mmmmysie who is the winner of the first ever Rising Star Award with Apple Music 🌟👏

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It’s the second time @Labrinth has won at #TheIvors, this time for Best Television Soundtrack. “The last one didn’t feel as heavy” 🤣🤣 ...

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