Arctic Monkeys among Novello contenders


LONDON -- British rockers Arctic Monkeys are on the shortlist for a prestigious Ivor Novello award for "When the Sun Goes Down," while Amy Winehouse and Madonna are in the running in other categories.

The Sheffield-based Arctic Monkeys, who released their second album Monday, have been nominated for best song, musically and lyrically, alongside Nerina Pallot (for "Sophia") and Scott Matthews (for "Elusive").

Arctic Monkeys have already picked up the Mercury Prize for best British album in September and best British group and album prizes at the Brits in February.

In the best contemporary song category, soul singer Winehouse ("Rehab") is up against Hot Chip's "Over and Over" and Bodyrox Ft Luciana's "Yeah Yeah."

The International Hit of the Year award is being contested by U.S. glam-rockers Scissor Sisters ("I Don't Feel Like Dancin' "), British favorite Robbie Williams ("Rudebox") and U.S. superstar Madonna ("Sorry").

Madonna and Scissor Sisters are also shortlisted for the same songs in the Most Performed Work category along with "Put Your Records On" by Corinne Bailey Rae.

Although the annual Ivor Novello awards honor British songwriters and composers, British writers were involved both in the Madonna and Scissor Sisters hits.

The Ivor Novello Awards take their name from the Welsh actor, composer and playwright who was one of Britain's biggest stage and screen stars in the early part of the last century.

The 52nd Ivor Novello awards will take place May 24 in London.