Kate Bush’s hit song “Running Up That Hill” has been shortlisted for the “most performed song” category at the Ivor Novello Awards, a prestigious songwriting award.
Despite being released 38 years ago, the track gained popularity again last summer after it was featured in the Netflix show Stranger Things, and went on to become a top 10 hit in the US and reach number one in the UK charts. The award recognizes the song that was played the most on TV and radio, as well as at concerts and DJ sets, over the past year.
The song is up against several contemporary hits, including Harry Styles’ “As It Was,” Glass Animals’ “Heat Waves,” and two songs by Ed Sheeran.
This is the first time any song has been nominated in two consecutive years. Bush has previously won two Ivor Novellos for Best Lyric in 1979 and Best Song in 1987.
Harry Styles has received three nominations at this year’s Ivor Novello Awards, adding to his previous successes at the Brits and the Grammys.
Alongside his co-writer Kid Harpoon (Thomas Hull), he is nominated for best song musically and lyrically for As It Was, songwriter of the year, and the most performed song category.
However, he was not nominated in the album of the year category, where the nominees include Arctic Monkeys, Obongjayar, and Fontaines DC.
Little Simz, Sault, and Cleo Sol and Inflo are also among the nominees for the Ivor Novello awards. Raye has received her first nomination for her hit single Escapism, which is up for best contemporary song alongside Hide & Seek by Stormzy and Payback by Kojey Radical.
The awards ceremony will take place in London on May 18, with Sting receiving the highest honour, becoming a Fellow of the Ivors Academy, for his work with The Police and as a solo artist.