SAM FENDER has teased a possible collaboration with Grime star Stormzy, as he ‘freaked out’ at an Ivors nod.
Fender, 26, and the Vossi Bop singer have been nominated in the same category for The Ivors, the annual music awards celebrating ‘exceptional craft in songwriting and screen composition’.
They are nominated in ‘the best song musically and lyrically’ category, with Fender for Dead Boys and Stormzy for Crown alongside his co-writers Jimmy Napes and MJ Cole.
They are joined by Jamie Cullum, who gets a nod for his song The Age Of Anxiety.
Fender said: ‘I’m freaking out, the fact that my song is even up there with Stormzy and that, it’s just mad.
‘Stormzy is a friend as well.
‘We’ve just started chatting a bit and it’s mad because we were like even sort of talking about maybe doing something together at some point.
‘So it’s just crazy to even be in the same realm or like nominated to even be in the same category, it’s mad.’
His song Dead Boys appeared on his debut album, Hypersonic Missiles, released last year and addresses the suicide of a close friend and male mental health.
On being nominated, Fender said: ‘It means a lot. It’s one of the more personal ones. I wrote it when one of my friends sadly took his life and I didn’t really want to release it as well.
‘I wrote it as a reactionary thing, because, to be honest, music has always been the way, without sounding cliched, it’s always been the way I’ve dealt with traumas in my life.
‘I write and make art out of it and it always helps me. It’s cathartic for me.
‘So I didn’t really want to release it, I didn’t really want to be seen as capitalising on a tragedy or capitalising on my friend’s death, but then another friend died and then another kid I knew died, and it was just like, I realised how prominent it is.’
He added: ‘Blokes, kind of, because of the way we’ve been raised and because of society’s idea of what a man is supposed to be, we’re so stuck in these rigid, stupid toxic rotations.
‘So I kind of, for me, I didn’t want to release it but then we all unanimously decided it had to be done and that it was a good song and we shouldn’t leave it behind, and it’s actually got arguably the most meaning out of all the songs on the album.
‘I put it out and it’s the best decision I made.’
The Ivors nominations recognise work by British and Irish songwriters and composers released in the UK in 2019. Other noms include Kate Tempest and Labrinth.
The winners of The Ivors with Apple Music will be announced on September 2.