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Childish Gambino and Florence + the Machine Win Big at the 2018 UKMVAs



Childish Gambino, Florence + the Machine, Sevdaliza and Young Fathers recognised as Somesuch takes home Best Production Company award

Childish Gambino and Florence + the Machine Win Big at the 2018 UKMVAs

Donald Glover and his long-term visual collaborator, Hiro Murai, headed up a truly international roster of winners at this year’s UK Music Video Awards, celebrated last night (25th October) at London’s Roundhouse.

Glover’s headline-grabbing This Is America video released under his pseudonym, Childish Gambino, was recognised by industry peers as the Video of the Year, as well as the best International Urban Video. It also won DoP Larkin Seiple the award for Best Cinematography in a Video.

Florence + The Machine and Sevdaliza also picked up multiple awards: director Autumn de Wilde collected the awards for Best UK Rock Video and Best Choreography in a Video for Florence + the Machine’s Big God, while Sevdaliza’s Shahmaran, an epic tale of desire and oppression, was honoured in the Best Visual Effects category as well as winning the Best UK Alternative Video award for Ghanaian director Emmanuel Adjei.

This year’s Best Director award went to Barcelona-based directing collective, CANADA, for their work over the past 12 months, primarily with critically-acclaimed Spanish artist, Rosalía. The video for her single Malamente also won the collective the Best International Pop Video award, while French artists and directing duo, The Blaze won their third successive UKMVA for an international video, this time for Queens which triumphed in the Best International Dance Video category.

The Best Production Company award, handed out for only the second time at the UKMVAs, was won by Somesuch. The London-based production company was honoured for its outstanding output of music videos over the past year, for artists including Chaka Khan, Florence, Stormzy and King Krule.

The Best Artist award went to Young Fathers for their body of music video work in the past year, including the videos In My View, Toy and Holy Ghost, the latter made with last year’s Best Director winner, Oscar Hudson. Ally Massaquoi from the band was on hand to collect their award. 

In one of the most touching moments at last night’s ceremony, UK industry stalwart Carrie Sutton was presented with the Outstanding Achievement Award. Only the 4th person to be honoured with the award in the UKMVAs history, and the first female winner, Sutton has worked as a commissioner, producer, and director’s rep for more than 20 years, with artists including U2, Supergrass, Blur, Noel Gallagher, Snow Patrol, Goldfrapp and Take That, but most notably with Robbie Williams throughout his solo career. She was honoured with messages from industry peers and artists.

This year’s UKMVAs also saw some new British talent taking to the stage to collect awards. Directing duo Zhang + Knight (Hannah Palumbo and Linden Feng), who had picked up multiple nominations, were presented with the Best New Director award. Meanwhile, Duncan Loudon and Will Hooper were honoured in the Newcomer categories for their work with Flohio and Idles, and Olivia Rose picked up the Best UK Urban Video award for her video for Jorja Smith’s Blue Lights.

alt-J continued their run of success at the UKMVAs with another win, this time for the video Pleader in the Best Alternative UK Video category, accepted via video message by the LA-based director Isaiah Seret. It was also a case of second year running for Dua Lipa and director Henry Scholfield who triumphed once again in the UK Pop category, this time with IDGAF. Jon Hopkins was rewarded for his double nomination in the Best UK Dance Video category with a win for Singularity, directed by Seb Edwards. 

In the craft categories, production designer Francesca di Mottola was recognised for hand-crafting the noirish world of King Krule’s Biscuit Town, and Nick Royal was honoured as the lead stylist behind the futuristic caberet environment of Years & Years’ If You’re Over Me. Fellow Brit Emma Croft was also honoured for her work on the hair and make-up in the video.

Chaka Khan’s Like Sugar, directed by Kim Gehrig, saw British editor and colourist, Fouad Gaber and Simon Bourne collect the awards for Best Editing and Best Colour Grading, while Bristol-based animation supremo Chris Hopewell collected the award for Best Animation for Father John Misty’s Please Don’t Die.

In the live categories, the revival of MTV Unplugged with Biffy Clyro at the Roundhouse marked success for director Sam Wrench and the team at MTV UK, while multi-nominated French production team, La Blogotheque triumphed for a second year in the Live Video category with their highly-acclaimed film for Justin Timberlake’s Say Something.

The 11th annual UK Music Video Awards ceremony was hosted by BUG frontman, and UKMVA regular host, Adam Buxton. Backstage interviews with the winners, produced by the team at WhatsUp TV from the Mama Youth Project, will be available to watch on the UKMVA Youtube channel from November 1st. 

Here is the full list of winners: 

Best Pop Video – UK


Dua Lipa – IDGAF

Director: Henry Scholfield  

Producer: Campbell Beaton 

Prod co: Caviar

Commissioner: Alex Burford for Warner Bros Records 

Best Rock Video – UK


Florence + The Machine – Big God

Director: Autumn de Wilde

Producer: Jacob Swan Hyam

Prod co:  Anonymous Content x Somesuch

Commissioner: James Hackett for Virgin EMI

Best Alternative Video – UK


alt-J – Pleader

Director: Isaiah Seret

Producer: Sonya Sier

Prod co: Biscuit Filmworks

Commissioner: Andrew Law for Infectious Music UK

Best Dance Video – UK


Jon Hopkins – Singularity

Director: Seb Edwards

Producer: Ash Lockmun

Prod co: Academy Films

Commissioner: John Moule for Domino Recordings

Best Urban Video – UK


Jorja Smith – Blue Lights

Director: Olivia Rose

Producer: Adam Farley 

Prod co: Mill+ 

Commissioner: Zubin Irani 

Best Pop Video – International


Rosalía – Malamente

Director: CANADA

Producer: Alba Barneda

Prod co: CANADA

Best Rock Video – International


Jack White – Corporation

Director: Jodeb

Producers: Candice Dragonas & Jason Baum

Prod co: Prettybird US

Commissioner: Saul Levitz for Columbia Records 

Best Alternative Video – International


Sevdaliza – Shahmaran

Director: Emmanuel Adjei

Producers: Chris Toumazou, Melodie Saba, Sam Fontaine, Gijs Determeijer

Prod co: COMPULSORY, Handsome, Halal Pictures

Commissioner: Twisted Elegance

Best Dance Video – International


The Blaze – Queens

Directors: The Blaze

Producers: Maëva Tenneroni & Horace de Gunzbourg

Prod co: Iconoclast

Commissioner: Manu Barron for Savoir Faire

Best Urban Video – International


Childish Gambino – This Is America

Director: Hiro Murai

Producer: Jason Cole

Prod co: Doomsday Entertainment

Best Pop Video – Newcomer


Leyya – Wannabe

Director: Rupert Höller

Producer: Rupert Höller

Commissioner: Andreas Jantsch for Las Vegas records

Best Rock Video – Newcomer


Idles – Colossus

Director: Will Hooper

Producer: Will Hooper

Prod co: Blink

Commissioner: Freddie Forsyth for Topsafe

Best Alternative Video – Newcomer 


Badbadnotgood ft Samuel T Herring – I Don't Know

Director: Will Mayer

Producer: Brendan Garrett

Prod co: AOT Projects & Stink Films

Commissioner: Jamie Strong for Innovative Leisure

Best Dance Video – Newcomer


Kelly Lee Owens – Throwing Lines

Director: Kasper Häggström

Producer: Kasper Häggström

Commissioner: Kasper Häggström for Small Town Supersound

Best Urban Video – Newcomer


Flohio – 10 More Rounds

Director: Duncan Loudon

Producer: Fred Bonham Carter

Prod co: Somesuch

Commissioners: Jiulia Ferrazzi & Patrick Hanrahan

Best Interactive Video


PUP – Old Wounds

Director: Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux

Producer: Amanda Fotes & PUP

Prod co: Mad Ruk Entertainment

Best Live Video in association with Procam


Justin Timberlake ft Chris Stapleton – Say Something

Director: Arturo Perez Jr

Producer: Christophe 'Chryde' Abric

Prod co: La Blogothèque

Commissioner: Nicholas Robespierre for RCA

Best Live Concert


Biffy Clyro – MTV Unplugged (Live at the Roundhouse, London)

Director: Sam Wrench 

Producers: Sian Larkin, Jeremy Davies & Albert Schilcher

Prod co: MTV Networks Europe

Commissioner: MTV UK

Best Production Design in a Video


King Krule – Biscuit Town

Production Designer: Francesca Di Mottola

Director: CC Wade

Producer: Aaron Z Willson

Prod co: Somesuch 

Record Co: XL Recordings 

Best Styling in a Video an association with i-D


Years & Years – If You're Over Me

Stylist (wardrobe): Nick Royal

Hair & Make Up: Emma Croft 

Director: Fred Rowson

Producers: Paul Weston (EP) & Corin Taylor

Prod co: Blink

Record Co: Polydor Records

Best Choreography in a Video


Florence + The Machine – Big God

Choreographers: Akram Khan & Florence Welch

Director: Autumn de Wilde

Producer: Jacob Swan-Hyam

Prod co: Anonymous Content x Somesuch

Record Co: Virgin EMI

Best Cinematography in a Video in association with Panalux


Childish Gambino – This Is America

DOP: Larkin Seiple

Director: Hiro Murai

Producer: Jason Cole

Prod co: Doomsday Entertainment

Best Colour Grading in a Video in association with CHEAT


Chaka Khan – Like Sugar

Colourist: Simon Bourne at Framestore

Director: Kim Gehrig

Producer: James Waters

Prod co: Somesuch

Record Co: Island Records 

Best Editing in a Video in association with Cut+Run


Chaka Khan – Like Sugar

Editor: Fouad Gaber at Trim

Director: Kim Gehrig

Producer: James Waters

Prod co: Somesuch

Record Co: Island Records 

Best Visual Effects in a Video


Sevdaliza – Shahmaran

VFX: Mathematic

Executive Post Producer: Guillaume Marien

Post producer: Marguerite Moreaude Lizoreux

VFX Supervisor: Yann Aldabe 

Director:  Emmanuel Adjei

Producers: Chris Toumazou, Melodie Saba, Sam Fontaine, Gijs Determeijer

Prod co:  COMPULSORY, Handsome, Halal Pictures

Record Co: Twisted Elegance

Best Animation in a Video


Father John Misty – Please Don't Die

Animators: Cadi Catlow & Henry Nicholson

Director: Chris Hopewell

Producer: Rosie Lea Brind

Prod co: Jacknife

Record Co: Sub Pop 

Best Commissioner in association with The Mill


Andrew Law

Best Producer in association with Worldwide Production Agency


Théo Gall

Best Production Company



Best New Director in association with Time Based Arts


Zhang + Knight

Best Director in association with Leap



Best Artist


Young Fathers

The Outstanding Achievement Award


Carrie Sutton

Video of the Year


Childish Gambino – This Is America

Director: Hiro Murai

Producer: Jason Cole

Prod co: Doomsday Entertainment

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