LONDON British rockers the Arctic Monkeys are
on the shortlist for a prestigious Ivor Novello award for "When
the Sun Goes Down," while Amy Winehouse and Madonna are in the
running in other categories.
The Sheffield-based Arctic Monkeys, who released their
second album on Monday, have been nominated for best song,
musically and lyrically, alongside Nerina Pallot (for "Sophia")
and Scott Matthews (for "Elusive").
Arctic Monkeys have already picked up the Mercury Prize for
best British album in September and best British group and
album prizes at the Brits in February.
In the best contemporary song category, soul singer
Winehouse ("Rehab") is up against Hot Chip's "Over and Over"
and Bodyrox Ft Luciana's "Yeah Yeah."
The International Hit of the Year award is being contested
by U.S. glamrockers Scissor Sisters ("I Don't Feel Like
Dancin"'), British favorite Robbie Williams ("Rudebox") and
U.S. superstar Madonna ("Sorry").
Madonna and Scissor Sisters are also shortlisted for the
same songs in the Most Performed Work category along with "Put
Your Records On" by Corinne Bailey Rae.
Although the annual Ivor Novello awards honor British
songwriters and composers, British writers were involved both
in the Madonna and Scissor Sisters hits.
The Ivor Novello Awards take their name from the Welsh
actor, composer and playwright who was one of Britain's biggest
stage and screen stars in the early part of the last century.
The 52nd Ivor Novello awards will take place in London on