The Ivors 2017

BASCA, in association with PRS for Music, announce the nominations for the 62nd Ivor Novello Awards.

The Ivors celebrate, honour and reward excellence in songwriting and composing. Created by BASCA in 1956, they are named in honour of Ivor Novello, Britain’s most successful and distinguished theatrical composer at the time, and represent the pinnacle of musical achievement and peer recognition in the music industry.

Nominations are for works released in the UK in 2016. The categories include Best Song Musically and Lyrically, Best Contemporary Song, Album Award, Best Original Film Score and Best Television Soundtrack, as well as PRS for Music Most Performed Work, which is sponsored and compiled by The Ivors sponsor PRS for Music

Best Song Musically and Lyrically

Black Man in a White World
Written by Dean ‘Inflo’ Josiah Cover and Michael Kiwanuka
Published in the UK by Warner/Chappell Music Publishing
Performed by Michael Kiwanuka

Overcome
Written by Laura Mvula and Nile Rodgers
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing and XLC Music – Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Performed by Laura Mvula ft Nile Rodgers

Telomere
Written by Blaine Harrison and Henry Harrison
Published in the UK by BMG UK
Performed by Mystery Jets

Best Contemporary Song

Love$ick
Written by A$AP Rocky and Mura Masa
Published in the UK by A$AP Rocky Publishing – Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Ministry of Sound Publishing
Performed by Mura Masa ft A$AP Rocky

Man
Written by Skepta and Josh Homme
Published in the UK by Warner/Chappell Music Publishing and Universal Music Publishing
Performed by Skepta

Sexual
Written by Dyo, NEIKED and Elina Stridh
Published in the UK by Warner/Chappell Music Publishing and Kobalt Music Publishing
Performed by NEIKED ft Dyo

Album Award

Love & Hate
Written by Brian Burton, Dean ‘Inflo’ Josiah Cover and Michael Kiwanuka
Published in the UK by Kobalt Music Publishing and Warner/Chappell Music Publishing
Performed by Michael Kiwanuka

Skeleton Tree
Written by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
Published in the UK by Kobalt Music Publishing
Performed by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

The Dreaming Room
Written by Laura Mvula
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing
Performed by Laura Mvula

PRS for Music Most Performed Work

Adventure of a Lifetime
Written by Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing
Performed by Coldplay

Hymn for the Weekend
Written by Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing
Performed by Coldplay

When We Were Young
Written by Adele Adkins and Tobias Jesso Jr
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing
Performed by Adele

Best Original Film Score

High-Rise
Composed by Clint Mansell
Published in the UK by Precision Engineering Music and Recorded Picture Company Ltd

Kubo and the Two Strings
Composed by Dario Marianelli
Published in the UK by Muttnik Music Publishing

My Scientology Movie
Composed by Dan Jones
Published in the UK by Faber Music Ltd

Best Television Soundtrack

The Collection
Composed by Dominik Scherrer
Published in the UK by Du Vinage Publishing and Lookout Point

The Witness for the Prosecution
Composed by Paul Englishby
Published in the UK by Imagem FTV

War and Peace
Composed by Martin Phipps
Published in the UK by Du Vinage Publishing


On 18th May, BASCA will announce the winners of both the nominated awards as well as those presented to outstanding songwriters and composers in recognition of their contribution to British music.

Alongside the nominated categories, other awards presented will include:

International Achievement

Honours a British or Irish songwriter or composer who has experienced exceptional success outside the UK.

Lifetime Achievement

In recognition of a lifetime of exceptional creative talent.

Outstanding Song Collection

For writing a consistently outstanding body of work.

PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music

Honouring an outstanding contribution to British music throughout their career.

PRS for Music Special International Award

Presented to an international songwriter or composer who has had an outstanding career, being or having been a major influence on the British music industry.

Songwriter of the Year

In recognition of an outstanding body of work released during the award year.

The Ivors Jazz Award

Recognises an outstanding collection of jazz compositions. This is the second time The Ivors Jazz Award has been presented.

The Ivors Inspiration Award

Honours a songwriter or composer who has inspired the creative talents of others.


The 62nd Ivor Novello Awards take place on Thursday 18th May 2017 at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London. For tickets, which include a three course lunch preceding the ceremony, please contact Cindy Truong at BASCA. Tickets are available to individuals or companies from within the UK music industry.  Limited corporate packages are also available.

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