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Out Pop Idol winner Will Young will take on mass-selling singer Dido and Scottish indie outfit Belle and Sebastian for the Best Song award at the prestigious Ivor Novello awards, organizers said Monday. Young's "Leave Right Now" was also nominated in the best-selling U.K. single category for next month's awards, which honor the best British songwriters and composers. Dido's "White Flag" and Belle and Sebastian's "Step Into My Office Baby" are Young's competition for Best Song, with Ozzy and Kelly Osbourne's duet "Changes" and "Mad World" by Michael Andrews featuring Gary Jules doing battle for the best-seller. Kylie Minogue, previous winner of a clutch of Ivor Novello awards, was nominated for Best Contemporary Song with "Slow." She faces competition from Amy Winehouse's "Stronger Than Me" and "Jus' A Rascal" by Mercury Music Award-winner Dizzee Rascal. Coldplay, who were crowned Songwriters of the Year at last year's awards, are up for most performed work with "Clocks," along with Sugababes's "Hole in the Head" and Jamelia's "Superstar." Multiaward-winner Robbie Williams picked up a nomination in the International Hit of the Year category for "Feel," where he will be up against Dido's "White Flag" and Minogue's "Slow." The Ivor Novello awards take their name from the gay Welsh actor, composer, and playwright, who was one of the United Kingdom's biggest stage and screen stars in the early part of the last century. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on May 27.