British songwriters lead race for Song Of The Year

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British songwriters up for a BMI London Award (clockwise from top-left): Adele, Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding and George Ezra

Adele and Ed Sheeran are among those in the running for the title at the BMI London Awards next week

Adele’s Hello, Ellie Goulding’s On My Mind, Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud and George Ezra’s Budapest are in contention to be crowned Song Of The Year at this year’s BMI London Awards, due to be held at The Dorchester on 10 October. The gala event recognises the UK and European songwriters and publishers of 2015’s most-performed songs on radio and TV in the US, and will also honour songwriter Sting as a BMI Icon.

Just over half of the songs shortlisted in the Top 10 for Song Of The Year are from British songwriters. BRIT winner Sam Smith claimed the Song Of The Year trophy last year for Stay With Me, whilst in 2014 France’s Daft Punk were bestowed the honour for Get Lucky.

Hello marked Adele’s return after a hiatus as she once again dominated the charts as the song debuted at Number 1 on both the UK Official Charts and the Billboard Hot 100. Ed Sheeran has previously been nominated and is once again in the race for the top spot with Thinking Out Loud and Photograph, which was co-written with Johnny McDaid. As well as performing as part of Snow Patrol, McDaid has previously collaborated with other artists such as Biffy Clyro, Rudimental and Example.

George Ezra’s Budapest, Ellie Goulding’s On My Mind and Liam O’Donnell’s Uma Thurman complete this year’s BRIT pack, however Dutch writer Giorgio Tuinfort also has two songs included in the Top 10. Having previously won the BMI Songwriter Award 17 times, his work with Ariana Grande has been recognised this year with One Last Time. Tuinfort also wrote with Afrojack to produce ‘Hey Mama’ which is also included in this year’s Top 10 and performed by David Guetta feat, Nicki Minaj and Bebe Rexha.

Karen Ørsted is up for the award for Lean On, performed as MØ alongside Major Lazer x DJ Snake, while Gian Piero Reverberi and Gianfranco Reverberi are recognised for the international hit Lose My Mind made famous by Brett Eldredge.

Watch a video playlist of the Song Of The Year nominees below, and to read a full list of nominations, go to

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