(from itv.com http://www.itv.com/news/entertainment_435765.html ):-
Coldplay and Blunt lead Novello race
3.46PM, Mon Apr 24 2006
Coldplay and James Blunt are leading the race for this year's Ivor Novello awards.
Chris Martin's group have three nominations, while Blunt's "You're Beautiful" is up for International Hit and Most Performed Work.
The awards honour songwriting and are one of the most prestigious events in the music industry's calendar.
The Arctic Monkeys' breakthrough single I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor has been nominated for Best Song Musically and Lyrically.
The Monkeys will do battle with Scottish singer KT Tunstall's Suddenly I See, as well as Coldplay's Fix You in the Best Song Musically and Lyrically category.
Leeds band the Kaiser Chiefs are up for Best Contemporary Song with I Predict A Riot. They will compete for the title with Damon Albarn's animated band Gorillaz, who are up for the award for their single DARE, and south London band Athlete, with Wires.
Other nominees are Robbie Williams' 2005 single Tripping, which is up for International Hit of the Year, and Natalie Imbruglia's Shiver which is up for Most Performed Work.
The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, and Pride And Prejudice are both nominated for Best Original Film Score.
David Ferguson, head of the Academy, said: "At a time when music is getting disseminated across more and more platforms, at a time when more music is getting stolen than ever before, at a time when music is becoming increasingly ubiquitous in modern life, then it is critical to honour and reward the people who write and initiate the music we all enjoy."
"Technology is transforming the creative arts in many ways but it's a truism that we take for granted - music cannot exist without the endeavour and inspiration of songwriters."