The 81-year-old is up for Singer of the Year, while Lodestar, her first release in almost 40 years, has been nominated for Best Album.

Collins lost her voice after her second marriage fell apart and developed a form of dysphonia - a condition often associated with psychological trauma.

She stepped out of the spotlight and began writing books, but she returned to the stage in 2015 and released a new album last year (16).

Collins is up for Singer of the Year, alongside Ireland's Daoiri Farrell, Kris Drever, and Jim Causley.

Farrell has the most nominations with three, while Songs of Separation - a project inspired by the Scottish referendum, featuring Eliza Carthy and Karine Polwart, garnered two nods.

Meanwhile, folk icon Woody Guthrie will be inducted to the Folk Awards Hall of Fame on the 50th anniversary of his death. Billy Bragg will lead the tributes to the late star at London's Royal Albert Hall on 5 April (17), when the ceremony will take place.

Year Of The Cat singer Al Stewart, the 2017 Folk Awards Lifetime Achievement prize winner, will also perform.