British singers Adele, Ed Sheeran, rapper Dave and group Coldplay will compete for songwriter of the year at the Ivors, according to official announcement of nominees for the annual awards honoring those penning famous lyrics, Reuters reported.
Producer Dean "Inflo" Josiah Cover, who has worked with the likes of Adele and Little Simz, leads nominations for the awards for songwriters and screen composers with four nods, three of them in the best album category, the UK-based Ivors Academy said.
Sheeran, who on Wednesday won a copyright case over his 2017 mega chart-topper "Shape of You" at the High Court in London, has three nominations.
That category also includes Elton John and Dua Lipa's chart-topper "Cold Heart", Tom Grennan's "Little Bit of Love" and "BED" by DJs David Guetta.
Contenders for best song musically and lyrically include Adele's comeback single "Easy on Me", and Sam Fender's "Seventeen Going Under,” among many others.
"It's been a standout year for music, and I am full of admiration for the 77 talented songwriters and composers we are celebrating this year," singer-songwriter and Ivors judge Shaznay Lewis said in a statement.
"Their work and words touch on a dizzying range of emotions, and I count myself lucky to have heard their stories," she added.
The awards, named after early 20th century Welsh composer, actor and entertainer Ivor Novello, were first handed out in 1956. The 67th edition will take place on May 19 in London.