The singer is up against critical favourites London Grammar and indie rockers Palma Violets for the best song musically and lyrically at this year’s Ivor Novello awards, with the bands nominated for their tracks ‘Strong’ and ‘Best of Friends’ respectively.
Last year’s Mercury Award winner James Blake is nominated for the best contemporary song for ‘Retrograde’ in a shortlist that includes ‘Kemosabe’ by Everything Everything and ‘Latch’ by Disclosure featuring Sam Smith.
The annual awards, presented by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA), are highly prized because they are voted for by songwriters and composers.
BASCA chairman Simon Darlow said: “The Ivors nominations clearly reflect the health of British songwriting and composing, highlighting the wealth of creative talent the UK possesses. BASCA is delighted that The Ivors continue to be the award songwriters and composers want to win, and I congratulate everyone represented here today.”
The nominations for most performed work are shared between Emeli Sande for ‘Clown’, ‘Let Her Go’ by Passenger and ‘Troublemaker’ by Olly Murs featuring Flo Rida.
Nominations for the album award go to Arctic Monkeys for AM, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds for Push the Sky Away and Laura Mvula’s Sing to the Moon.
The awards will be presented at a ceremony in London’s Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane on Thursday, May 22.