The Ivor Novello Awards are pushed back six months amid COVID-19

The Ivor Novello Awards have been postponed to September amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The prestigious music ceremony was due to take place in May, but the organisers have now moved the show at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House hotel on London‘s Park Lane to September 2.

Graham Davies, CEO and Crispin Hunt, Chair of The Ivors Academy, said: ‘Our heartfelt thanks to our partners, the Grosvenor House London, Apple Music and PRS for Music for working with us to find an alternative date for The Ivors this year.

The music stops: The Ivor Novello Awards and Capital's Summertime Ball 2020 have both been postponed [Rita Ora is pictured performing at the latter's 2019 concert at Wembley]

The music stops: The Ivor Novello Awards and Capital’s Summertime Ball 2020 have both been postponed [Rita Ora is pictured performing at the latter’s 2019 concert at Wembley]

‘Thank you also to ticketholders and everyone involved in the awards, your continued support is invaluable.

‘Our efforts are on supporting our community during this incredibly tough time and our thoughts are with all those who are face health, wellbeing and economic challenges.

‘We hope this will be a short-term crisis from which we can all come together later in the year to reunite, reflect and rejuvenate.’

This year’s nominations will be announced closer to the event.

The 2019 ceremony saw Richard Ashcroft take home the Outstanding Contribution to British Music.

Six month delay: The Ivors have been postponed to September amid the coronavirus pandemic [Wiley is pictured winning the Inspiration Award 2019]

Six month delay: The Ivors have been postponed to September amid the coronavirus pandemic [Wiley is pictured winning the Inspiration Award 2019]

Summertime sadness: Captial events attract masses of fans and some of the world's top music artists [pictured: Halsey, 2019]

Summertime sadness: Captial events attract masses of fans and some of the world’s top music artists [pictured: Halsey, 2019]

The Bitter Sweet Symphony singer – who found fame in alternative rock band The Verve before launching a successful solo career in the late 1990s – told BANG Showbiz of the honour: ‘I thought it was worded a different way, I thought it was lifetime achievement, I said lifetime achievement? Give it another decade if I’m still around but yeah I’m honoured to be here, a great award, fantastic.’

Elsewhere at the ceremony, pop star Mariah Carey won the PRS for Music Special International Award, whilst grime star Wiley won the Ivors Inspiration Award.

The 1975 – George Daniel, Adam Hann, Matthew Healy and Ross MacDonald – won Songwriters of the Year.

Eerily quiet: The summer music extravaganza hosted by Capital FM was due to take place for the first time at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 6, having been held at Wembley Stadium for nine years

Eerily quiet: The summer music extravaganza hosted by Capital FM was due to take place for the first time at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 6, having been held at Wembley Stadium for nine years

A quiet place: Tottenham Hotspur FC are currently on hiatus. Professional football in England will not resume until April 30 at the earliest due to the coronavirus pandemic

A quiet place: Tottenham Hotspur FC are currently on hiatus. Professional football in England will not resume until April 30 at the earliest due to the coronavirus pandemic

Meanwhile, Capital’s Summertime Ball 2020 has been postponed to 2021, due to the pandemic.

The summer music extravaganza hosted by Capital FM was due to take place for the first time at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 6, having been held at Wembley Stadium for nine years.

However, the organisers are making the ‘wellbeing of Capital listeners’ their priority and have made the decision to now host the Ball next summer instead.

In a statement, they said: ‘Capital is extremely sorry for any disappointment caused by the cancellation of our flagship live event.

‘However, given the coronavirus outbreak and the constantly evolving situation, we have placed the wellbeing of Capital listeners at the forefront of our decision making, before tickets have gone on sale.’

Pictured: Susanna Reid at the TRIC Awards just 10 days ago - the last major event to take place at the Grosvenor House hotel on London's Park Lane. Susanna herself is now in self-isolation

Pictured: Susanna Reid at the TRIC Awards just 10 days ago – the last major event to take place at the Grosvenor House hotel on London’s Park Lane. Susanna herself is now in self-isolation

News: Capital have announced they will be posting throwback videos of previous performances from their Summertime and Jingle Bell Balls on Facebook in the meantime [pictured: breakfast show host Roman Kemp]

News: Capital have announced they will be posting throwback videos of previous performances from their Summertime and Jingle Bell Balls on Facebook in the meantime [pictured: breakfast show host Roman Kemp]

Capital have announced they will be posting throwback videos of previous performances from their Summertime and Jingle Bell Balls on Facebook in the meantime.

This will begin with Harry Styles’ Jingle Bell Ball set from last year, which will be shared at 6PM Thursday evening.

Taylor Swift, Stormzy, Sam Smith, AJ Tracey, Mabel and The Script and many more performed at the 2019 festive addition, which took place over two days at London’s The O2 arena.

Plus the likes of Liam Payne, Rita Ora, Jax Jones and Ava Max and Jonas Blue.

Whilst the 2019 Summertime Ball featured show-stopping sets from artists including Jonas Brothers, 5 Seconds of Summer and Maroon 5.


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