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Monday, April 26, 1999 Published at 18:25 GMT 19:25 UK


Cher up for Novello prize

Cher: Believe boosted her career

Cher, Pulp and Catatonia have been shortlisted for one of British music's top prizes - the Ivor Novello songwriting awards.

Cher's hit Believe - the best-selling single of 1998 - is nominated in one of two best song categories, as well as both domestic and international hit awards.

It helped revive Cher's career, hitting number one in the UK and across Europe while before becoming a success in the US.

The song is credited to writers Brian Higgins, Stuart McLennan, Paul Barry, Steve Torch, Matt Gray and Tim Powell.

An Ivor Novello spokesman said: "We're noticing a big change in the way that pop compositions are credited.

[ image: Catatonia: Nominated for Road Rage]
Catatonia: Nominated for Road Rage
"In the past, there would have been one writer for the music and one for the lyrics, but now often the whole band is credited, or there is a string of names."

Believe is up against B*Witched's C'est La Vie and Pulp's A Little Soul for best song lyrically and musically. A Little Soul deals with with Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker's relationship with his estranged father.

Catatonia are nominated for best contemporary song for Road Rage, along with What Can I Do by The Corrs. Tin Tin Out's Here's Where The Story Ends is also nominated - it was originally written 10 years ago by indie band The Sundays.

Nominations in full are:

Best Contemporary Song:
- Road Rage, performed by Catatonia, written by Mark Roberts, Cerys Matthews, David Jones, Aled Richards and Owen Powell.
- Here's Where The Story Ends, performed by Tin Tin Out, written by Harriet Wheeler and David Gavurin.
- What Can I Do, performed by The Corrs, written by Andrea, Caroline, Sharon and James Corr.

Best Song Musically and Lyrically:
- C'est La Vie performed by B*Witched, written by Tracy Ackerman, Ray Hedges, Martin Brannigan, Edele Lynch, Keavy Lynch, Lindsay Armaou and Sinead O'Carroll.
- Believe, performed by Cher, written by Brian Higgins, Stuart McLennan, Paul Barry, Steve Torch, Matt Gray and Tim Powell.
- A Little Soul, performed by Pulp, written by Jarvis Cocker, Nick Banks, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey and Mark Webber.

Ivors Dance Award:
- Horny, performed by Mousse T Vs Hot N Juicy, written by Mousse T and Errol Rennalls.
- Sing It Back, performed by Moloko, written by Mark Brydon and Roisin Murphy.
- I Can't Help Myself, performed by Lucid, written by Mark Hadfield and Adam Ryan Carter

Most performed work:
- High performed by the Lighthouse Family, written by Paul Tucker and Tunde Baiyewu.
- Angels performed by Robbie Williams, written by Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers.
- Never Ever, performed by All Saints, written by Shaznay Lewis, Sean Mather and Esmail Jazeyeri.

International hit of the year:
- Believe, artist and writers as above.
- Life, performed by Des'ree, written by Des'ree and written by Des'ree Weekes and Prince Sampson.
- No Matter What, performed by Boyzone, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman.

Best Selling British Single (decided by sales):
- No Matter What, artist and writers as above.
- Believe, artist and writers as above.
C'est La Vie, artist and writers as above.

Best Song Commissioned for a Film or Broadcast:
- Why Won't You Shag Me? The Young Person's Guide To Becoming A Rock Star, written by Owen Vyse and Guy Pratt.
- The Flame Still Burns, from Still Crazy, written by Chris Difford, Marti Frederiksen and Mick Jones.
- Kipper, from Kipper Is Unwell, written by Robert Heatlie.

Best Original Music for a Television or Radio Broadcast:
- Close Relations, written by Robert Lane.
- Life Of Birds, written by Steven Faux and Ian Butcher.
- Selfridges: The Shop, written by Barrie Bignold.

Best Original Film Score:
- Dancing At Lughnasa, written by Bill Whelan.
- Ever After, written by George Fenton.
- Firelight, written by Christopher Gunning.

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