Lily Allen, Dizzee Rascal lead shortlist for Ivors

Tue Apr 20, 2010 9:27am EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - British rapper Dizzee Rascal and singer Lily Allen were each nominated twice on Tuesday for Ivor Novello awards honoring songwriting.

Dizzee Rascal was shortlisted for the best contemporary song category with "Bonkers" and the best album award for "Tongue N' Cheek" while Allen's chart-topping hit "The Fear" was up for best song musically and lyrically and most performed work.

Nick Hemming, a relative unknown before his Ivor Novello nomination in 2009, is shortlisted again in 2010 for "Save it for Someone who Cares" performed by The Leisure Society.

He is up against Allen and fledgling band Patch William's "The Last Bus" in the best song musically and lyrically category.

In the best contemporary song category Dizzee Rascal is joined by Bat For Lashes ("Daniel") and La Roux ("In For the Kill."

Constesting the album award alongside Dizzee Rascal is The Duckworth Lewis Method with their eponymous record inspired by a love of cricket and Paolo Nutini for "Sunny Side Up."

Reflecting the growing importance of video game scores to the music industry, organizers have added a new category of best original video game score in the Ivors' 55th year.

"The Ivors has always sought to reflect the ever-changing world of songwriting and composing," said Mark Fishlock, director of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA).

"The video games market has matured beyond recognition and big budget orchestral scores are regularly being commissioned."   Continued...