Breakthrough trio talk to Gigwise about 'Strong', its success, and their fellow nominees
Andrew Trendell

13:33 24th April 2014

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London Grammar have spoken out about the 'honour' of being nominated for a prestigious Ivor Novello award alongside the likes of Arctic Monkeys and Nick Cave - despite not always being too keen on the song that they're shortlisted for. 

It was announced today (Thursday 24 April 2014) that London Grammar's single 'Strong' had been nominated for Best Song Musically And Lyrically, against 'Love Me Again' By John Newman and 'Best Of Friends' by Palma Violets. 

Speaking to Gigwise shortly after the announcement, the band said that they were honoured to included in the shortlist. 

"It's the most prestigious and the most songwriting-focused award," said singer Hannah Reid. "That's fundamentally what artists do."

However, they also revealed that they haven't always been in love with the track 'Strong' as they are now. 

"When I first wrote the melody, I loved it," remembers Hannah. "I was actually a bit cocky about it and thought it was really great, then I fell out of love with it about halfway through because people kept trying to change it. Once that happens so much and you have such a personal relationship with something, that can have a bit of an impact - but I love it again now."

When asked about why think the song has connected with so many people, percussionist and keys player Dot Major replied: "I think it's got a really strong message - even though a lot of people get the lyrics wrong! "

Hannah continued: "Yeah, they do. They think it's 'I might seem so strong'. It's been on The Voice as well, and they get the lyrics wrong. It's actually 'man seems so strong'."

Watch the video for 'Strong' below

When asked about their fellow nominees and whether awards and chart placings mattered to the band, the trio heaped praise upon the rest of the shortlisted artists. 

"It's something that you just don't have time or energy to think about," admitted Hannah. "If it comes and it helps you then that's amazing and you have to be grateful, but it's not something that you can fight for."

Dot continued "John Newman's record went to No.1 and it's brilliant," while Dan commented: "The Olly Murs record was nominated for most performed, so a record like his deserves to that kind of accolade because he's in touch with that many people and that's important."

The annual event celebrates the best in music songwriting, as well the most successful tracks of the past year. The nominations were announced at an event in Central London, and the winners will be revealed at a ceremony on 22 May 2014 at London's Grosvenor House.

The full list of 2014 Ivor Novello nominees are as follows:

Best Song Musically and Lyrically

'Best of Friends'
Written by Will Doyle, Sam Fryer, Chilli Jesson and Pete Mayhew
Performed by Palma Violets
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing

'Love Me Again'
Written by Steve Booker and John Newman
Performed by John Newman
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing and B Unique Publishing

'Strong' 
Written by Dominic Major, Hannah Reid and Daniel Rothman
Performed by London Grammar
Published in the UK by Warner/Chappell Music

Best Contemporary Song

'Kemosabe'
Written by Jonathan Higgs, Jeremy Pritchard, Alexander Robertshaw and Michael Spearman
Performed by Everything Everything
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing

'Latch'   
Written by Guy Lawrence, Howard Lawrence, James Napier and Sam Smith
Performed by Disclosure ft Sam Smith
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing, Salli-Isaak Songs and Naughty Words Ltd – Stellar Songs Ltd – Sony/ATV Music Publishing

'Retrograde'     
Written and Performed by James Blake
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing

PRS for Music Most Performed Work

'Clown'
Written by Shahid ‘Naughty Boy’ Khan, Grant Mitchell and Emeli Sandé
Performed by Emeli Sandé
Published in the UK by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Arlon Songs Ltd and Stellar Songs Ltd – Sony/ATV Music Publishing

'Let Her Go'
Written by Mike Rosenberg
Performed by Passenger
Published in the UK by Sony/ATV Music Publishing

'Troublemaker'
Written by Claude Kelly, Oliver Murs and Steve Robson
Performed by Olly Murs ft Flo Rida
Published in the UK by Warner/Chappell Music, Universal Music Publishing – Salli Isaak Music and Imagem Music

Album Award

AM
Written by Alex Turner
Performed by Arctic Monkeys
Published in the UK by Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Push the Sky Away
Written by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
Performed by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Published in the UK by Mute Song

Sing to the Moon
Written and Performed by Laura Mvula
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing

Best Original Film Score

Captain Phillips
Composed by Henry Jackman
Published in the UK by Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Gravity
Composed by Steven Price
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing

The Epic of Everest
Composed by Simon Fisher Turner
Published in the UK by Mute Song

Best Television Soundtrack

Mr Selfridge
Composed by Charlie Mole
Published in the UK by Du Vinage Publishing and Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Ripper Street
Composed by Dominik Scherrer
Published in the UK by Du Vinage Publishing and Sony/ATV Music Publishing

The Thirteenth Tale
Composed by Benjamin Wallfisch
Published in the UK by Du Vinage Publishing

Below: Who we want to win at the 2014 Ivor Novello Awards

  • Best Contemporary Song - James Blake 'Retrograde': Perhaps the toughest category to pick from, Blake is up against Disclosure and Everything Everything in this category - all of whom are obviously BRILLIANT. 'Retrograde' is a truly spectacular song, however, and one which deserved acclaim for the fact that one man, and one man alone, wrote, recorded and performed the track.

  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically - London Grammar 'Strong': One of the success stories of the past year, London Grammar have rapidly risen to become one of the most adored bands in the UK. That has a lot to do with their songwriting, of course, and 'Strong' is one of their most striking and moving compositions. Competition is fierce, however, with John Newman and Palma Violets also in the running. We think LG have this one in the bag, however...

  • Album Award - Arctic Monkeys, AM: AM has cleared up at every other award show to date, so why not the Ivor Novellos as well? It's not just hype either, as the Sheffield band's 2014 release is one of the greatest of the band's career and proves that despite being one of the biggest bands in the UK, they've really only just gotten started. World domination is imminent - but not before picking up some new silverware at the winners' ceremony in May.

  • PRS for Music Most Performed Work - Passenger 'Let Her Go': He's up against Emeli Sande and Olly Murs.

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