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Adele and Ed Sheeran to compete for song prize at BMI London Awards

Published 06/10/2016


Ellie Goulding, George Ezra and Fall Out Boy also make the Song of the Year shortlist.

Adele and Ed Sheeran are among the nominees for the coveted Song of the Year prize at the BMI London Awards later this month (Oct16).

Adele has been named on the ten-track shortlist for her 2015 comeback song Hello, alongside Ed, who has achieved two nominations for Thinking Out Loud and Photograph, the latter of which was co-written with Snow Patrol's Johnny McDaid.

The accolade, awarded by the music rights company, recognises the U.K. and European songwriters and publishers of 2015’s most-performed songs on radio and TV in the United States.

Also competing for the prize is Ellie Goulding for On My Mind, George Ezra for Budapest and Karen Orsted, also known as MO, for dance track Lean On with DJ Snake and Major Lazer.

Brett Eldredge and his co-writers are nominated for Lose My Mind, while Fall Out Boy and others are named for Uma Thurman and Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha and Afrojack are among eight writers recognised for David Guetta's track Hey Mama, on which all three appear. The writers behind Ariana Grande's One Last Time round out the shortlist.

Most recent Song of the Year winners were Sam Smith for Stay With Me in 2015 and Daft Punk's Get Lucky in 2014.

The BMI London Awards take place on 10 October (16) at London's Dorchester Hotel. During the ceremony, former Police frontman Sting will be honoured with the BMI Icon Award.

"Sting is an icon in the truest sense of the word," said BMI's Brandon Bakshi. "His musical catalogue has had an enormous impact on music lovers from around the globe across multiple generations. We are extremely proud and honoured to name Sting as our BMI Icon not only for his work as a songwriter but also for his contributions as a composer, actor, author, activist and humanitarian."

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