Shostakovich gets Ivor Novello songwriting award nomination for Plan B hit Ill Manors

See the Ivor Novello nominations in full, below

During his lifetime Dmitri Shostakovich was awarded the Stalin prize in Arts and named a Hero of Socialist Labour.

Now the Russian composer will battle indie band Alt-J for a prestigious Ivor Novello award after the incorporation of his Seventh Symphony into a chart hit by Plan B was nominated for last year’s Best Contemporary Song.

"Ill Manors", Plan B’s furious response to the 2011 riots, featured a sample of the fourth movement of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7.

The Russian’s stirring composition, premiered in 1942 and dedicated to the citizens of Leningrad, was adopted as a symbol of his countrymen’s heroic struggle against a relentless German bombardment during the War.

In the hands of Plan B, the stage name of London rapper and songwriter Ben Drew, its “marching” string motif provided the propulsive backing for his scathing attack on the Coalition and the demonisation of disaffected urban youth which he believes provoked the riots.

Shostakovich was credited by the Novellos as co-songwriter of the top ten hit, alongside Drew and four other collaborators.

"Ill Manors" competes against "Fitzpleasure" by Mercury music prize winners Alt-J and "Pelican" by Brighton rock band The Maccabees.

Although Shostakovich, who died in 1975, received a number of honours from the Soviet government, including the Lenin prize and the Order of the October Revolution, he enjoyed a turbulent relationship with the Kremlin.

His compositions were denounced as “formalist” by Soviet officials in the late 1930s and his 8th Symphony was unofficially banned. He was rehabilitated when he finally joined the Communist Party in 1960.

Plan B, who like Shostakovich has turned his skills to soundtrack composition, receives a second nomination for Best Original Film Score for Ill Manors, the big-screen version of his “hip-hop musical”, which reached number one.

Emeli Sandé’s success looks to set to continue after she was nominated for two awards.

The Brit award-winning singer’s hit, "Next To Me", is in the running to be named best song musically and lyrically after it was shortlisted along with Laura by Bat For Lashes.

Newcomer Jake Bugg, the teenage singer-songwriter from Nottingham boasting a Dylan-esque sneer, also competes in this category with "Two Fingers".

Sandé is also nominated for the Most Performed Work prize for "Next To Me". Alt-J also received a second nomination for the album award, for their debut An Awesome Wave.

The annual awards - in their 58th year - are highly prized because they are voted for by songwriters and composers.

They will be handed out at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House hotel in central London on Thursday May 16.

Ivor Novello Award nominations:

  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically


Written by Natasha Khan and Justin Parker

Performed by Bat for Lashes


Next to Me    

Written by Hugo Chegwin, Harry Craze, Anup Paul and Emeli Sandé

Performed by Emeli Sandé


Two Fingers 

Written by Iain Archer and Jake Bugg

Performed by Jake Bugg


  • Best Contemporary Song



Written by Thomas Green, Joe Newman, Gwilym Sainsbury and Augustus Unger-Hamilton

Performed by alt-J


Ill Manors      

Written by Pierre Baigorry, David Conen, Benjamin Drew, Vincent Graf-Schlippenbach, Dmitri Shostakovich and Al Shux

Performed by Plan B 



Written by Sam Doyle, Rupert Jarvis, Orlando Weeks, Felix White and Hugo White

Performed by The Maccabees         


  • PRS for Music Most Performed Work


Dance With Me Tonight

Written by Claude Kelly, Oliver Murs and Steve Robson

Performed by Olly Murs


Next to Me    

Written by Hugo Chegwin, Harry Craze, Anup Paul and Emeli Sandé

Performed by Emeli Sandé



Written by Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, Chris Martin and Brian Eno

Performed by Coldplay


  • Album Award


An Awesome Wave

Written by Thomas Green, Joe Newman, Gwilym Sainsbury and Augustus Unger-Hamilton

Performed by alt-J


Every Kingdom

Written by Ben Howard

Performed by Ben Howard


Is Your Love Big Enough?

Written by Lianne Barnes and Matthew Hales

Performed by Lianne La Havas


  • Best Original Film Score


Anna Karenina

Composed by Dario Marianelli


Dr Seuss’ The Lorax

Composed by John Powell


Ill Manors

Composed by Benjamin Drew and Al Shux


  • Best Television Soundtrack


Lucian Freud: Painted Life

Composed by John Harle


The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Composed by John Lunn


Upstairs Downstairs Series 2

Composed by Carl Davis

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