The prestigious Ivor Novello Awards represent a pinnacle of achievement which is recognized by peers within the UK music creator community, and beyond. Recently the Ivors Academy announced the nominees for the Rising Star Awards with Apple Music and many BMI-affiliated songwriters are taking top spots, including 4 out of 5 who are paired with the nominees as mentors. The new award helps discover, support, and accelerate the careers of the most promising music creators in the UK and Ireland. The remaining Ivor Novello nominations for this year will be announced July 20, with the winners of all the awards announced on September 2.
Congratulations to all! The Rising Star nominees who are affiliated with BMI are:
Amahla*, mentored by Nile Rodgers
Soul singer-songwriter Amahla has already garnered critical acclaim since releasing her debut EP Consider This and performances at The Royal Albert Hall and Jazz Cafe. Amahla’s latest single “Apathy” showcases her ability to influence society, not only to reflect it.
Griff*, mentored by Kamille (Camille Purcell)
Pop artist Griff plays, writes and largely produces her own music, blending soulful vocals with pop hooks over sparse atmospheric arrangements and beats. Her most recent single ‘Forgive Myself’ follows ‘Good Stuff’ and 2019’s EP The Mirror Talk.
lullahush*, mentored by David Arnold
Irish songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Daniel McIntyre is the talent behind musical project lullahush. A measure of the distance between ambience and pop, lullahush released “Elysium” and “If Spring Had a Spare Room I’d Rent It With You” in 2019.
Mysie*, mentored by Fraser T. Smith
Artist and songwriter Mysie released her debut EP, Chapter 11, in 2019. Focused on the freedom music provides and rejecting genres and stereotypes, she has since dropped additional singles “Sweet Relief,” “Heartbeat,” and most recently, “Gift.”
*PRS/IMRO member licensing through BMI