Ivor Novello noms are in

When it comes to picking up awards in music there are really only two gongs worth the while; one is the annual Mercury Music Prize (best album of the year as voted for by critics) and the other is the Ivor Novello Awards (excellence in British song writing). Everything else - especially the Brit Awards are back slapping political awards designed to boost album sales for whoever needs the money.

Anyway, the nominations for the 55th Ivor Novello Awards are in and it’s great news if your name is Lily Allen or Dizzee Rascal; both are up for awards. Pint size Lily’s single ‘The Fear’ is up against Dizzee’s single ‘Bonkers’ in the 'Best Song Musically & Lyrically' and 'Most Performed Work’ categories, whilst Dizzee also receives nods for ‘Best Contemporary Song’ ‘ and ‘Album Award’ for Tongue N Cheek.

Other Brits celebrating today include Girls Aloud, La Roux, Paulo Nutini, The Duckworth Lewis Method and James Morrison.

The noms are:

Best Contemporary Song: 'Bonkers' performed by Dizzee Rascal Written by Dylan Mills and Armand Van Helden + 'Daniel' performed by Bat For Lashes Written by Natasha Khan + 'In For The Kill' performed by La Roux Written by Elly Jackson and Ben Langmaid

Best Song Musically & Lyrically: 'Save It For Someone Who Cares' performed by The Leisure Society Written by Nick Hemming + 'The Fear' performed by Lily Allen Written by Lily Allen and Greg Kurstin + 'The Last Bus' performed by Patch WilliamWritten by Ed Adlard, Will Adlard, Ali Digby and George Eddy

PRS For Music Most Performed Work: 'Broken Strings' performed by James Morrison and Nelly Furtado Written by James Morrison, Fraser T Smith and Nina Woodford + 'The Fear' performed by Lily Allen Written by Lily Allen and Greg Kurstin + 'The Promise' performed by Girls Aloud Written by Nick Coler, Miranda Cooper, Brian Higgins, Kieran Jones, Tim Powell, Jason Resch and Carla Williams

Album Award: The Duckworth Lewis Method performed by The Duckworth Lewis Method Written by Neil Hannon and Thomas Walsh + Sunny Side Up performed by Paolo Nutini Written by Paolo Nutini + Tongue N' Cheek performed by Dizzee Rascal Written by Nicholas Detnon and Dylan Mills

The Ivor Novello Award are on the 20th May at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

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