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It’s time for the Ivor Novello Awards again, in which songwriting achievement is given the respect it rightfully deserves. All those other music award ceremonies focus may heavily on performance, sex appeal, sales, the artistic vision of the video director and so on, but if you’re up for an Ivor, that means you are officially GOOD at SONGWRITING.
By which logic, Adele is four times better than anyone else in the room, as she leads the field with four nominations, two in the same category.
She’s up for:
• Best Song Musically and Lyrically, for “Rolling In The Deep”
The other nominees are Ed Sheeran’s drug lament “The A Team” or Florence and the Machine’s valkyrie war cry “Shake It Out”.
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There are only three nominated songs and two of them are by Adele: “Rolling In The Deep” and “Someone Like You” are up against Take That’s “The Flood”
• The Album award for “21″
The other nominees are PJ Harvey’s war poetry “Let England Shake” and Kate Bush’s festive unsettlement “50 Words For Snow”
The 57th Ivor Novello Awards take place tonight at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.
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Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.
He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.
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