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Lily Allen and Dizzee Rascal lead Ivor Novello nods

Lily Allen and Dizzee Rascal
Lily Allen is nominated for two awards for The Fear

Lily Allen and Dizzee Rascal each have a brace of nominations for next month's Ivor Novello Awards for songwriting.

Allen's number one hit The Fear is up for best song musically and lyrically and most performed work.

Dizzee Rascal is nominated for best contemporary song for Bonkers and best album for Tongue N' Cheek which he co-wrote with Nicholas Denton.

There is a second best song nod for The Leisure Society's Nick Hemming, an unknown before last year's nominations.

His song, Save It For Someone Who Cares, goes up against Allen's The Fear and The Last Bus, by London four-piece Patch William, who have yet to have a UK hit.

'Starry-eyed'

Patch William describe their sound as "raw but delicate" moving from "energetic, powerful guitar riffs and complex drum beats to atmospheric and lyrical sections".

They recently signed with music publisher Chrysalis Music and "looked starry-eyed at the two Novello statues at the entrance".

It is to the eternal credit of this august, nay, July institution that a record about cricket should be afforded the same opportunities as its less niche compatriots
The Duckworth Lewis Method

"Not in our wildest dreams did we imagine that we'd be nominated for best song musically and lyrically," they added.

For the album award, Dizzee Rascal competes with Paolo Nutini, for Sunny Side Up, and The Duckworth Lewis Method's eponymous cricket-themed concept album.

The Duckworth Lewis Method - a side project of The Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon and Thomas Walsh, of Irish band Pugwash - said they were "politely jubilant" about their nomination.

"It is to the eternal credit of this august, nay, July institution that a record about cricket should be afforded the same opportunities as its less niche compatriots," they said in a statement.

Their debut album was "as fun to make as it sounds", they added.

Dizzee Rascal's Bonkers is up for best contemporary song against Daniel by Natasha Khan - also known as Bat For Lashes - and In For The Kill by La Roux.

Lily Allen's The Fear takes on Broken Strings - co-written by James Morrison who duetted with Nelly Furtado on the song - and The Promise, co-written by a team of seven writers and performed by Girls Aloud.

Empire: Total War, Killzone 2 and Savage Moon: Waldgeist are nominated in the inaugural best original video game score category.



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