Among the ten Ivor Novello Awards announced at the Ivors Composer Awards 2021 in a ceremony at the British Museum on 8 December 2021 were:
Nikki Iles – ‘The Caged Bird’ – Award for Jazz Composition. The Ivors Academy jury for this category referred to the piece as “beautifully crafted, balanced and realised”.
Cleveland Watkiss MBE – the Innovation Award. Watkiss was described by The Ivors Academy as “unique globally and in the annuals of British Jazz and contemporary music, uncategorisable”.
Zoe Rahman – The Impact Award. The Ivors Academy described Rahman as “one of Britain’s most powerful compositional voices and important contemporary artists who puts a spotlight on Jazz from the UK as an international musical force.”
Caroline Kraabel won the award for Sound Art for Imitation: Inversion’
The jury said the work “captured something of the zeitgeist of the time” and was “an inventive and humorous translation from real world sounds to instrumental sounds, revealing connections between the organic and the mechanical”.