Ed Sheeran is among this year’s Ivor Novello Award nominees in the Best Song Musically and Lyrically category. The 25-year-old is nominated for his track ‘Bloodstream’ from his 2014 best-selling album x.

Ed SheeranEd Sheeran has received his third Ivor Novello nomination.

Sheeran faces some stiff competition as he is up against protege Jamie Lawson who is nominated for single ‘Wasn’t Expecting That’ and Wolf Alice who received a nod for ‘Bros’. It’s Sheeran’s third Ivor Novello nomination after he was named Songwriter of the Year in 2015 and won Best Song Musically and Lyrically for ‘The A Team’ in 2012.

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In the Best Contemporary Song category, grime reigns supreme with Skepta’s ‘Shutdown’ nominated alongside Roots Manuva’s ‘Cargo’ and Snakeship’s ‘All My Friends’. In the Music Most Performed Work category, James Bay is nominated for ‘Hold Back The River’ along with Jess Glynne for ‘Hold My Hand’ and Years & Years for ‘King’.

The album award will see Jamie XX's In Colour, compete with ex-Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes' Matador and Conor O’Brien’s Darling Arithmetic. At the ceremony on May 19th awards for International Achievement, Lifetime Achievement, Outstanding Song Collection and Outstanding Contribution to British Music will be handed out.

The winners of the PRS for Music Special International Award and the Ivors Classical Music Award and the Inspiration Award will also be announced. Speaking about the awards, Stephen McNeff, chairman of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors said: “The Ivors were created to celebrate the best in British and Irish songwriting and composing.”

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“As we move into our 61st year, BASCA is delighted that these nominations reflect the health and diversity of UK music and include a raft of first-time nominees alongside past winners,” McNeff added.