‘On the whole, it’s about reaching out to encounter difference in a meaningful way,’ says Vanishing Twin’s Cathy Lucas.
‘To be nominted is crazy, to actually win it means everything,’ says composer Robin Beanland of his Ivors win.
‘You have to follow your path,’ says British jazz composer and multi-instrumentalist Django Bates.
‘We don’t intend to make statements for anybody else but ourselves, but that always seems to make a statement,’ says Young Fathers’ Graham 'G' Hastings.
‘It’s really nice that this award is about songwriting specifically. Often it can be about other stuff in the industry, and songwriting is what we do this for,’ say Let’s Eat Grandma’s Rosa Walton.
‘I’ve always paid attention to songwriting and I’ve always wanted to contribute really great music. I think it always starts with the pen,’ says Best Contemporary Song nominee Kojey Radical.
‘It’s an award in front of our peers and it’s an award for songs, which is clearly the most important thing in the music industry, which is sometimes forgotten,’ says hit songwriter Jamie Scott.
‘It’s a real partnership, it’s like being in a band with somebody,’ says Jonny Greenwood of his collaborative relationship with director Paul Thomas Anderson.
‘Songwriting needs to be protected so it doesn’t just become a commercial enterprise,’ says Natasha Khan.
‘He may not know it, but I am his number one fan,’ says Wiley of his former friend Dizzee Rascal.