21 April 2015
From the section Entertainment & Arts
Smith won four Grammy Awards earlier this year
Sam Smith, George Ezra and Clean Bandit are in the running for the most performed work prize at The Ivor Novello awards.
The award, which recognises the most-played song of last year, sees Smith’s Stay With Me challenge Ezra’s Budapest and Rather Be from Clean Bandit.
The annual awards, now in their 60th year, celebrate songwriting and composing and are voted for by writers.
They will be presented at a ceremony in London on 21 May.
In January, veteran US songwriter Tom Petty was given a writing credit on Stay With Me, because of the similarities to his 1989 track I Won’t Back Down.
It was “amicably” agreed Petty and his collaborator Jeff Lynne would be credited as co-writers of the track.
But, under the rules, set by BASCA (the British Society of Songwriters, Composers and Authors), Lynne and Petty would not be eligible to share an Ivor Novello award, as they received less than 15% of the writing credit.
Clean Bandit are shortlisted twice for dance track Rather Be
Rather Be, featuring Jess Glynne, and written by James Napier and Jack Patterson, is also up for best contemporary song, alongside alt-J’s Every Other Freckle and Two Weeks, performed by FKA Twigs.
Hozier’s Take Me to Church is nominated for best song musically and lyrically, as is Above The Clouds of Pompeii, by Bear’s Den. The shortlist is rounded off by Ben Howard’s I Forget Where We Were …read more
Source:: BBC Entertainment