Coldplay headed the list of nominations on Monday for the respected Ivor Novello music awards after being selected in three categories.
Soldier-turned-singer James Blunt also featured highly after being shortlisted for two awards, which honour the best British songwriters and composers. For best song, Coldplay's "Fix You" goes up against "Suddenly I see" by Scottish singer KT Tunstall and "I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor" by Sheffield rockers the Arctic Monkeys, who stormed to prominence earlier this year.
"Speed of Sound", which won Coldplay a best single at February's Brit awards, is nominated in both the most performed work and international hit of the year categories, with Blunt's "You're Beautiful" also nominated for both gongs. The Gorillaz, Kaiser Chiefs and Athlete were nominated for best contemporary song, while Robbie Williams (international hit of the year) and Natalie Imbruglia (most performed work) were also shortlisted.
David Ferguson, head of the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters, said it was important to acknowledge performers' talents when more music was being stolen and becoming "increasingly ubiquitous in modern life. It is critical to honour and reward the people who write and initiate the music we all enjoy," he said.
The winners of the 51st Ivor Novello awards will be announced at a ceremony in London on May 25.
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