BMI proudly congratulates Willow Kayne,* who has been nominated for this year’s Ivor Novello Rising Star Award With Apple Music. Celebrating young British and Irish talent who demonstrate exceptional potential and ambition, the Rising Star Award was introduced last year – the first new category to be added to the Ivors in 10 years, demonstrating Apple Music’s continued support of the songwriter and composer community. Considered a ‘90s obsessive, Kayne is influenced by hip-hop and hazy electronica with a punk attitude. You can check out her releases ‘Two Seater’ and ‘I Don’t Wanna Know’ on Apple Music here.
As part of the nomination process, all the talented newcomers who received nods are paired with mentors renowned in the songwriting and composing community. The 2021 BMI mentors are:
- Nile Rodgers – known for his work with Chic, Daft Punk and many more, Rodgers has won the BMI Icon Award, an Ivor Novello Award and multiple GRAMMYs as a composer, producer, and guitarist.
- Fiona Bevan – known for her cowriting with Ed Sheeran, Kylie Minogue, Shawn Mendes, this artist/songwriter won a BMI London Award for “Little Things” by One Direction.
- Jamie Scott – known for his recent work with Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding and Niall Horan, Scott won an Ivor Novello Award in 2019 for “These Days” by Rudimental ft. Jess Glynne and Macklemore, in addition to capturing several BMI London Awards.
- Jamie Hartman – known for his cowriting credits with Kygo, Backstreet Boys and Lewis Capaldi, Hartman has won several BMI Pop Awards and an Ivor Novello last year for “Giant” by Calvin Harris and Rag’n'Bone Man.
The remaining Ivor Novello nominations for this year will be announced August 10, with the winners announced at The Ivors with Apple Music on September 21 at Grosvenor House.
Congratulations to Willow,* who will be mentored by Nile Rodgers.
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