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Ed Sheeran goes up against protege for Ivor Novello award

Ed Sheeran will go head-to-head with his protege Jamie Lawson for a prize at Britain's prestigious Ivor Novello awards.

Jamie was the first act Ed signed to his Gingerbread Man Records label in August, 2015 and his lead single Wasn't Expecting That reached the top 10 in the charts in Australia, New Zealand, and the U.K.


The Thinking Out Loud singer will now be competing against Jamie for the Best Song Musically and Lyrically prize. Ed earned a nomination on Tuesday (19Apr16) with Rudimental for their collaboration Bloodstream, and will do battle with Jamie's Wasn't Expecting That and Bros by Wolf Alice.


The PRS for Music Most Performed Work prize, which honours the song with the most radio airplay in 2015, will be a fight between James Bay for Hold Back the River, Jess Glynne for Hold My Hand and Years & Years for King.


Nominees for Best Contemporary Song category include Cargo by Roots Manuva, Shutdown by Skepta, and All My Friends by Snakehips featuring Tinashe and Chance The Rapper.


Former Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes lands a nomination for the prestigious Album Award for his second solo record Matador, and he will compete against Jamie xx for In Colour and Darling Arithmetic by Irish folk band Villagers.


Music from TV and film are also up for prizes. Best Original Film Score is a battle between Ex Machina, Pan and The Duke Of Burgundy, while the Best Television Soundtrack shortlist features London Spy, Agatha Christie adaptation And Then There Were None and crime drama From Darkness.


The winners will be revealed at Grosvenor House in London on 19 May (16). The Songwriter of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, and International Achievement award recipients will be named during the ceremony.