Emeli Sande up for two top British songwriting awards

Wed Apr 17, 2013 6:16am EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sande was nominated for two of Britain's top songwriting honors on Wednesday in a shortlist that also put northern English rockers Alt-J and London rapper Plan B forward for two awards.

Sande's "Next to Me" was nominated in both the best song and a most performed work category in the Ivor Novello Awards.

The nominations cap a triumphant 12 months for 26-year-old Sande in which she won best British female artist and best album at the BRIT Awards and sang at the opening and closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympics.

Leeds-based indie rock quartet Alt-J was nominated for best contemporary song for "Fitzpleasure" and the album award for "An Awesome Wave", while Plan B's "Ill Manors" was up for best contemporary song and best original film score.

The 58th Ivor Novello Awards, to be presented by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors on May 16, are judged by the music writing community and are regarded as the most important awards for British music writers.

Following is a full list of nominees:

Best Song Musically and Lyrically

- "Laura"; written by Natasha Khan and Justin Parker; performed by Bat for Lashes

- "Next to Me"; written by Hugo Chegwin, Harry Craze, Anup Paul and Emeli Sandé; performed by Emeli Sandé   Continued...

Scottish singer Emeli Sande performs during the Echo music awards ceremony in Berlin, March 21, 2013. Picture taken March 21, 2013. REUTERS/Markus Schreiber/Pool