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24th Apr 2018

Huge news for Dave as he’s nominated for an Ivor Novello Award

Will Lavin

It’s going to be a big night for Santan Dave.

The shortlist for the 2018 Ivor Novello Awards were announced today and the youngest artist nominated on this year’s list is rapper Dave.

Nominated for Best Contemporary Song, for his politically charged single “Question Time”, which was taken from his 2017 EP Game Over, it’s Dave’s first ever Ivor Novello nomination.

Addressing social issues such as NHS budget cuts and Grenfell Tower, “Question Time” is nominated alongside CamelPhat & Elderbrooks’s “Cola” and Stormzy’s “Don’t Cry For Me”, featuring Raleigh Ritchie.

The 63rd Ivor Novello Awards, which rewards groundbreaking songwriting, are set to take place at London’s Grosvenor House on Thursday May 31st. This nomination comes hot on the heels of Dave’s recent British Breakthrough Act nomination at this year’s Brit Awards, not to mention winning Best Newcomer at 2017’s MOBO Awards.

The full list of nominees are as follows:


Everything Everything – “Can’t Do” (Written by Jonathan Higgs, Jeremy Pritchard, Alex Robertshaw and Michael Spearman)

Elbow – “Magnificent (She Says)” (Written by Guy Garvey, Craig Potter, Mark Potter and Pete Turner)

Sampha – “(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano” (Written by Sampha)


CamelPhat and Elderbrook – “Cola” (Written by Michael di Scala, Alexander Kotz AKA Elderbrook and Dave Whelan)

Stormzy (Feat. Raleigh Ritchie) – “Don’t Cry For Me” (Written by Michael ‘Stormzy’ Omari, Varren Wade and Wizzy Wow)

Dave – “Question Time” (Written by Dave and Fraser T Smith)


Ed Sheeran – “Castle on the Hill” (Written by Benny Blanco and Ed Sheeran)

Rag ‘n’ Bone Man – “Human” (Written by Jamie Hartman and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man)

Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You” (Written by Steve Mac, Johnny McDaid and Ed Sheeran)


Everything Everything – A Fever Dream (Written by Jonathan Higgs, Jeremy Pritchard, Alex Robertshaw and Michael Spearman)

Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer (Written by Michael ‘Stormzy’ Omari)

Kate Stables – Moonshine Freeze (Written by Kate Stables)

Dave will be performing at the following festivals this summer:

June 9th-10th – Manchester, UK – Parklife Festival

July 13th – London, UK – Lovebox Festival

August 1th – Chelmsford, UK – Rize Festival