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Nominees Announced for UK Music Video Awards 2016

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Nominations for UK Music Video Awards 2016 reveal a show of force for music video and music filmmaking creativity

Nominees Announced for UK Music Video Awards 2016
David Bowie, Beyoncé, Radiohead, Massive Attack, OK Go, Coldplay and Jamie xx are among the acts who pick up multiple nominations in this year’s UK Music Video Awards, the annual celebration of music video creativity and technical excellence, which takes place at the Roundhouse in London on Thursday October 20th.

The most nominated videos at this year’s UKMVAs include Massive Attack’s ‘Voodoo In My Blood’, directed by Ringan Ledwidge and starring Rosamund Pike in the grip of possession from an evil metallic orb; Jamie xx’s  ‘Gosh’, directed by Romain Gavras, featuring a cast of 400 extras worshipping an unexpected hero in a Chinese facsimile of Paris; Miike Snow’s ‘Genghis Khan’, directed by Ninian Doff, which puts an irreverent twist on classic Bond movie tropes; and Hurts ‘Lights’ directed by Dawn Shadforth, where frontman Theo Hutchcraft finds his perfect partner on the dancefloor of a London club.

In what is already being regarded as a stellar year for creative excellence in music videos, the nominations at this year’s UK Music Video Awards honour a range of magical achievements and memorable moments. These include dancer Sonoya Mizuno being gradually rendered into a 3D dancing model for The Chemical Brothers; OK Go hurtling through zero gravity in their ‘Upside Down & Inside Out’ video; British comedian Sharon Horgan as a 70s suburban housewife for Metronomy; Camberwick Green crossed with The Wicker Man for Radiohead; Beyoncé on a police cruiser sinking into floodwaters in ‘Formation’; and David Bowie shuffling backwards into a closet in this final video, for ‘Lazarus’.

Sony Music picks up the largest number of nominations for its artists across the globe, with Virgin EMI in strong contention thanks largely to Massive Attack and The Chemical Brothers. XL Recordings also has a strong showing with nominations for Radiohead, Adele, Jamie xx, Kaytranada and the label’s video commissioner Phil Lee.

Because Music, who are celebrating their 10th birthday this year, and whose commissioner Jane Third is also nominated, deliver their best showing yet at the UKMVAs, with an apt 10 nominations from artists including Metronomy, Christine and the Queens, Mr Oizo, Major Lazer and Breakbot. Australian label Modular Recordings also deliver in a strong set thanks to Tame Impala and The Avalanches.

The MVA shortlists also recognise a host of celebrated directing talent – including David Bowie’s final visual collaborator, Johan Renck; pop video legend Sophie Muller; longtime Radiohead associate Chris Hopewell; celebrated commercials director Ringan Ledwidge; and feature filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson – all lining up against more recently discovered talent.

US director Hiro Murai – a winner at the MVAs for the past two years, and co-creator with Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) of new US TV show Atlanta – is back in the shortlist for Best Director, alongside Florence Welch’s visual interpreter Vincent Haycock, and Barcelona-based powerhouse CANADA (who also directed the new Easyjet ad currently delighting British audiences). They face fierce competition in the Best Director category from British directors Ninian Doff, Sam Pilling and Ian Pons Jewell.

The music video work of up and coming artists and directors is also recognised in a set of Newcomer categories, with artists such as Vant, Mura Masa, Connie Constance and Ray BLK in the running for awards. In the Best Interactive video category, advances in 360º and VR videos are also recognised.

As well as honouring the best work in music videos, there are also awards at the UKMVAs for other music films, including Best Music Documentary, and Best Live Music Coverage category. This year’s documentaries in contention include the stories behind the making of Blur’s most recent album and the subsequent comeback tour, and a film about three young African American Brooklyn teenagers who formed a heavy metal band. Also revealed are the background successes and conflicts that led to the making of the Beach Boys’ legendary ‘Pet Sounds’ album. In the Live Coverage category, last year’s winning director Paul Dugdale has two nominations this year, for his coverage of The Rolling Stones historic concert in Havana and Ed Sheeran’s gigs at Wembley. He’s up against Nick Wickham for Iggy Pop’s Albert Hall concert, Dick Carruthers for Imagine Dragons in Toronto, James Russell for Catfish and the Bottlemen in Brighton and Dan Massie for Rudimental’s intimate acoustic session.

This year’s UK Music Video Awards ceremony will be staged for the second time at the legendary Roundhouse venue in London, and will be hosted once again by BUG frontman, and UKMVA regular host, Adam Buxton. The UK Music Video Awards editorial director, David Knight, says, “The nominations at this year’s UK Music Video Awards confirm that it’s been a fantastic year for music video creativity, here in the UK and across the world. We’re now in our ninth year, and we can safely say that as the music video has become more important to the music industry over that time, it has reemerged as a focus of creativity and entertainment. The UKMVAs is where the craft, creativity and the love that goes into making music videos is celebrated like nowhere else in the world – in London, the spiritual home of music videos.”

Here is the full list of nominations:

Best Pop Video – UK, in association with Rushes
Adele – Hello
Hurts – Lights
JONES – Melt                 
Laura Mvula ft Nile Rodgers – Overcome
Michael Kiwanuka – Black Man in a White World
The 1975 – A Change of Heart 

Best Pop Video – International
Christine and The Queens – Tilted
Miike Snow – Genghis Khan
Miike Snow – My Trigger
MØ – Kamikaze
OK Go – Upside Down & Inside Out
The Avalanches – Frankie Sinatra

Best Pop Video – Newcomer
Casi – Lion
Connie Constance – Lose My Mind
Kloe – Touch
MS MR – Wrong Victory
Skylar Spence – I Can't Be Your Superman
Will Joseph Cook – Take Me Dancing

Best Rock/Indie Video – UK, in association with Locomotion
Bring Me The Horizon – True Friends
Coldplay – Up&Up
David Bowie – Blackstar
David Bowie – Lazarus
PJ Harvey – The Community of Hope
The Kills – Doing It To Death

Best Rock/Indie Video – International
De Staat – Witch Doctor
Hinds – Warts
Radkey – Glore
Tame Impala – The Less I Know The Better
The Dead Weather – I Feel Love
Wintersleep – Amerika                 

Best Rock/Indie Video – Newcomer
Captains – Heavy Metal Works
Girl Band – In Plastic
Honeyblood – Ready For Magic
Small Black – Boy's Life                 
Tim Aminov ft Pete Josef – One Lone Survivor
Vant – Fly-By Alien

Best Alternative Video – UK
Jamie xx – Gosh
Massive Attack ft Young Fathers – Voodoo In My Blood
Metronomy – Old Skool
Radiohead – Burn The Witch
Radiohead – Daydreaming
Stealing Sheep – Apparition

Best Alternative Video – International
John Grant – Down Here
Klyne – Don’t Stop                 
The Blaze – Virile                 
The Shoes ft Blaine Harrison – Submarine
The Shoes ft Dominic Lord – 1960's Horror
Yeasayer – I Am Chemistry

Best Alternative Video – Newcomer
FOXTROTT – Shaky Hands
Holy Fuck – Tom Tom
Jono McCleery – This Idea of Us
Lil Silva ft Kent Jamz – De Ja
Sheep, Dog & Wolf – Breathe
The Shoes – Drifted

Best Dance Video – UK
99 Souls ft Destiny's Child & Brandy – The Girl Is Mine
Calvin Harris ft Rihanna – This Is What You Came For
Delta Heavy – White Flag
Disclosure ft Lorde – Magnet
SG Lewis ft Gallant – Holding Back
The Chemical Brothers ft Beck – Wide Open

Best Dance Video – International
Baauer – GoGo!
Breakbot – My Toy
GTA ft Sam Bruno – Red Lips (Skrillex remix)
Kaytranada – Lite Spots
Major Lazer ft Nyla & Fuse ODG- Light It Up (Remix)
Valentino Khan – Deep Down Low

Best Dance Video – Newcomer
Antony & Cleopatra - Love Is A Lonely Dancer
Beardyman – Mountainside
Gabriels – Amethyst
Lone – Backtail Was Heavy
Mura Masa – What If I Go?
Vessels – Are You Trending?

Best Urban Video – UK
Dusky ft Wiley – Sort It Out Sharon
Kano – This Is England
Nao – Bad Blood
Rejjie Snow – Blakkst Skn
Roots Manuva – Crying
Spyro ft Big H, Bossman Birdie & President T – Side By Side

Best Urban Video – International
Beyoncé – Formation
DJ Shadow ft Run The Jewels – Nobody Speak
KCPK – Who Wants It?
Leon Bridges – River
Mykki Blanco ft Woodkid – High School Never Ends
Run The Jewels ft Gangsta Boo – Love Again 

Best Urban Video – Newcomer
A.CHAL – Round Whippin’
Dead Players – Drenching
Ichon – Fils de Pute
Jesse James Solomon – YPT
LarzRanda – Lifeguard
Ray BLK – 5050

Best Production Design in a Video
David Bowie – Blackstar
Fergie – M.I.L.F. $
Miike Snow – Genghis Khan
Radiohead – Burn The Witch
Tame Impala – The Less I Know The Better
The Avalanches – Frankie Sinatra

Best Styling in a Video, in association with i-D
Beyoncé – Formation
Hurts – Lights
Jamie xx – Gosh
Metronomy – Old Skool
Mykki Blanco ft Woodkid – High School Never Ends
Tame Impala – The Less I Know The Better

Best Choreography in a Video
Christine and the Queens – Tilted
Florence + The Machine – Delilah
Massive Attack ft Young Fathers – Voodoo in my Blood
OK Go – Upside Down & Inside Out
Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson – Say Say Say
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – First World Problem 

Best Cinematography in a Video, in association with Panalux
Holy Fuck – Tom Tom
Hurts – Lights
Jamie xx – Gosh
Miike Snow – Genghis Khan
Nao – Bad Blood
Tame Impala – The Less I Know The Better

Best Colour Grade in a Video, in association with CHEAT
Jamie xx – Gosh
Miike Snow – Genghis Khan
Tom Odell – Magnetised
Izzy Bizu – Give Me Love
Vince Staples – Lift Me Up
Wild Beasts – Get My Bang

Best Editing in a Video
Hurts – Lights
Leon Bridges – River
Massive Attack ft Young Fathers – Voodoo In My Blood
Run The Jewels ft Gangsta Boo – Love Again
Seafret – Wildfire
The Shoes ft Dominic Lord – 1960's Horror

Best Visual Effects in a Video
Baauer – GoGo!
Cassius – The Missing
Coldplay – Up&Up
Massive Attack ft Young Fathers – Voodoo In My Blood
The Chemical Brothers ft Beck – Wide Open
The Shoes ft Blaine Harrison – Submarine

Best Animation in a Video
De Staat – Witch Doctor
Mr Oizo ft Charli XCX – Hand In The Fire
Radiohead – Burn The Witch
Radkey – Glore
The Chemical Brothers ft Beck – Wide Open
Yeasayer – I Am Chemistry

Best Interactive Video, in association with The Mill
Cassius – The Missing
Mind Enterprises – Chapita
Naïve New Beaters ft Izia – Heal Tomorrow
Netsky – Work It Out
Polar Youth – Searching/The Future of Music
Reeps One – Does Not Exist 

Best Live Music Coverage, in association with Procam
Catfish and The Bottlemen – Live at the Brighton Dome
Ed Sheeran – Jumpers For Goalposts: Live at Wembley Stadium
Iggy Pop: Post Pop Depression Live At The Royal Albert Hall
Imagine Dragons: Smoke & Mirrors Live
Rudimental Live Acoustic Session
The Rolling Stones: Havana Moon

Best Music Documentary
Blur: New World Towers
Breaking A Monster
Classic Albums: The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
Goodnight Brooklyn - The Story of Death By Audio
Janis: Little Girl Blue
Orion: The Man Who Would Be King

Best New Director, in association with Electric Theatre Collective
Holly Blakey
John Merizalde
Oscar Hudson
Pedro Martin-Calero
Youth Hymns

Best Director, in association with MPC
Hiro Murai
Ian Pons Jewell
Ninian Doff
Sam Pilling
Vincent Haycock

Best Producer, in association with Worldwide Production Agency
Dobi Manolova
Nathan Scherrer
Rachel Rumbold
Roman Pichon Herrera
Sarah Boardman & Rik Green 
Tom Birmingham

Best Commissioner
Elizabeth Doonan
Emily Tedrake
James Hackett
Jane Third
Phil Lee
Sam Seager

Best Video Artist
Christine and The Queens
Massive Attack
Miike Snow
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