Singer John Newman vies for top prize at Ivor Novello awards

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SINGER JOHN Newman is in the running for a prestigious songwriting award for his debut single Love Me Again.

The artist, who is from Settle in North Yorkshire, is up against critical favourites London Grammar and indie rockers Palma 
Violets for the best song musically and lyrically at this year’s

Ivor Novello awards, with the bands nominated for their tracks Strong and Best of Friends respectively.

Last year’s Mercury Award winner James Blake is nominated for the best contemporary song for Retrograde in a shortlist that includes Kemosabe by Everything Everything and Latch by Disclosure featuring Sam Smith.

The annual awards, which are presented by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA), are highly prized because they are voted for by songwriters and composers.

The nominations for most performed work are shared between Emeli Sande for Clown, Let Her Go by Passenger and Troublemaker by Olly Murs featuring Flo Rida.

Nominations for the album award go to Shefield’s Arctic Monkeys for AM, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds for Push the Sky Away and Laura Mvula’s Sing to the Moon.

The awards, including a string of honorary gongs, will be presented at a ceremony in London’s Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane on Thursday, May 22.

Meanwhile, it was confirmed yesterday that the DJ and radio presenter Paul Gambaccini will host the awards this year, more than six months after his 
arrest as part of Operation Yewtree.

The broadcaster was arrested by the Metropolitan Police in October as part of the force’s investigation into historic sexual offences.

Gambaccini, who denied the allegations after his arrest and remains on police bail, will oversee the ceremony when it is staged next month.

He stepped down from his weekly BBC Radio 2 show after the arrest.