April 24, 2006

Coldplay head Ivor Novello music awards

LONDON (Reuters) - Coldplay headed the list of nominations
on Monday for the respected Ivor Novello music awards after
being selected in three categories.

Soldier-turned-singer James Blunt also featured highly
after being shortlisted for two awards, which honor the best
British songwriters and composers.

For best song, Coldplay's "Fix You" goes up against
"Suddenly I see" by Scottish singer KT Tunstall and "I Bet You
Look Good On The Dancefloor" by Sheffield rockers the Arctic
Monkeys, who stormed to prominence earlier this year.

"Speed of Sound," which won Coldplay a best single at
February's Brit awards, is nominated in the most performed work
and international hit of the year categories, with Blunt's
"You're Beautiful" also nominated for both gongs.

The Gorillaz, Kaiser Chiefs and Athlete were nominated for
best contemporary song, while Robbie Williams (international
hit of the year) and Natalie Imbruglia (most performed work)
were also shortlisted.

David Ferguson, head of the British Academy of Composers
and Songwriters, said it was important to acknowledge
performers' talents when more music was being stolen and
becoming "increasingly ubiquitous in modern life."

"It is critical to honor and reward the people who write
and initiate the music we all enjoy," he said.

The winners of the 51st Ivor Novello awards will be
announced at a ceremony in London on May 25.