James Blake’s breakneck journey to the centre of the music establishment continues apace.

Having already racked up Mercury and Brit nominations in his short career, Blake has been nominated for an Ivor Novello award. The songwriting awards, now in their 57th year, are designed to honour ‘excellence in music writing’.

Blake’s ‘The Wilhelm Scream’, taken from his self-titled debut album, is nominated for Best Contemporary Song. The track will do battle with Nero’s ‘Promises’ and Lana Del Rey’s all-conquering ‘Video Games’.

Matthew Herbert and Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood are both nominated in the ‘Best Original Film Score’. The former composed the OST to ‘Life In A Day’, whereas the latter put pen to manuscript paper for ‘We Need To Talk About Kevin’. The list of nominations is below: Adele dominates, bless her, and there are welcome nods for Kate Bush and PJ Harvey too. The winners will be announced on May 17.

Best song musically and lyrically
‘Rolling In The Deep’ – Adele
‘Shake It Out’ – Florence And The Machine
‘The A Team’ – Ed Sheeran

Best contemporary song
‘Promises’ – Nero
‘The Wilhelm Scream’ – James Blake
‘Video Games’ – Lana Del Rey

Best original film score
‘Life In A Day’  – Matthew Herbert/Harry Gregson-Williams
‘The First Grader’ – Alex Heffes
‘We Need To Talk About Kevin’ – Jonny Greenwood

Best television soundtrack
‘Leonardo’ – Mark Russell
‘Page Eight’ – Paul Englishby
‘The Shadow Line’ – Martin Phipps

PRS for most performed work
‘Rolling In The Deep’ – Adele
‘Someone Like You’ – Adele
‘The Flood’ – Take That

Album award
21 – Adele
50 Words For Snow – Kate Bush
Let England Shake – PJ Harvey



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