The Ivor Novello Awards, named after the Cardiff-born entertainer Ivor Novello, are awards for songwriting and composing. They are presented annually in London by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) and were first introduced in 1955. In the 58th annual Ivor Novello Awards this year, Russian composer Shostakovich is one of the writers nominated in the Best Contemporary Song category at The Ivors after samples of his Symphony No. 7 were used in Plan B’s chart hit, Ill Manors, which uses the spiky violin melody from the fourth movement of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7 to accompany a rap about social injustice and society’s attitude to the disadvantaged youth population of the UK. Shostakovich is one of six writers to receive a credit for the song, which is nominated alongside other pop tracks by Emeli Sandé, alt-J, and Olly Murs. The ceremony will be held in London on Thursday May 16.