Perhaps not even the most ardent of Arctic Monkeys would have foreseen the mind-boggling success the Sheffield band have enjoyed since the release of their fifth studio album 'AM' last September. Already the recipient of numerous awards, the record is in line for another honour after being named on the three strong shortlist for the prestigious Ivor Novello Album Award.
The annual songwriting and performance ceremony - named after Welsh entertainer Ivor Novello - is among music's most prized and storied honours, having been on the go since 1955 and remains one of the music industry's more impartial awards ceremonies due to it being judged by the UK-based music writing community and is outside the range of influence of publishers and music companies.
Joining Arctic Monkeys in the Album Award category is Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 'Push The Sky Away' and Laura Mvula's 'Sing To The Moon'. The Best Song Musically and Lyrically (previously won by our very own Villagers) will be decided between Palma Violets' 'Best of Friends', John Newman's 'Love Me Again' and London Grammar's 'Strong'.
The awards will take place on May 22nd at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
The 59th Ivor Novello Awards nominations are:
Best Song Musically and Lyrically:
Palma Violets – 'Best Of Friends'
John Newman – 'Love Me Again'
London Grammar – 'Strong'
Best Contemporary Song:
Everything Everything – 'Kemosabe'
Disclosure feat. Sam Smith – 'Latch'
James Blake – 'Retrograde'
PRS for Music Most Performed Work:
Emeli Sandé – 'Clown'
Passenger – 'Let Her Go'
Olly Murs feat. Flo Rida – 'Troublemaker'
Arctic Monkeys – 'AM'
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – 'Push The Sky Away'
Laura Mvula – 'Sing To The Moon'