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UKMVA Nominations Announced

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Nominations for UK Music Video Awards 2019 reveal the year’s most exciting collaborations between music artists and visual talent

UKMVA Nominations Announced

The nominations for the annual UK Music Video Awards reveal a set of exciting collaborations between music artists and visual creatives over the past year. The annual ceremony, which takes place at the Roundhouse in Chalk Farm, London on Wednesday October 23rd will see over 100 UK and international artists contesting awards.

Leading the pack is FKA twigs with Chinese-American director Andrew Thomas Huang, whose video for Cellophane picks up 5 nominations, showcasing twigs’ extraordinary choreography and Huang’s technical prowess to deliver a stunning visual fantasy.

British director Henry Scholfield wins a double nomination in the UK Urban Video category for his videos for Stormzy’s chart-topping Vossi Bop and Wiley’s collaboration with Sean Paul, Stefflon Don and Idris Elba, Boasty, as well as a place on the Best Director shortlist. Meanwhile, US directing heavyweight Paul Thomas Anderson sees his collaboration with Thom Yorke on the short film Anima pick up 3 nominations, for Best Special Video Project, Best Choreography and Best Production Design. Young British director, Frank Lebon enters the nominations for the first time with videos for A$AP Rocky ft Tame Impala’s Sundress and James Blake’s Can’t Believe The Way We Flow, also winning himself a place on the Best Director list.

Previous winner Rosalía continues her run of success at the Awards with 4 nominations, a tally equalled by A$AP Rocky who returns to the shortlists with 3 separate videos for Kids Turned Out Fine, Sundress and his collaboration with FKA twigs on Fukk Sleep. British artists James Blake, The Chemical Brothers, Kojey Radical and Loyle Carner win 3 nominations apiece, along with Swedish songstress Tove Lo.

Mercury Prize-winner Dave gets his first nomination for Best Artist at the Awards, alongside FKA twigs, James Blake, Loyle Carner, Rosalía and American breakout star, Lizzo.

The awards show, which celebrates music video creativity at all levels and from all over the world, is set to showcase music filmmaking achievements in a range of genres, from pop to electronica through, rock, hip hop, grime, rap, R&B, jazz and alternative. Young British artists feature strongly in a range of categories at the UKMVAs, with double nominations for Stormzy, Jorja Smith, Dave, Ghetts, Barns Courtney, and James Massiah. There are also double mentions for established British acts including Ed Sheeran, Mark Ronson, The Chemical Brothers, The 1975, Paloma Faith, Mumford and Sons, and The Specials.

The Best International Pop Video shortlist sees an all-female line-up with Billie Eilish facing off against Madonna, Rosalía, Sigrid and Tove Lo. Among the other notable inclusions in the international categories are Lil Nas X’s chart-busting Old Town Road featuring Billy Ray Cyrus in the Best Urban category, Kamasi Washington’s modern jazz classic Hub-tones by young British director Jenn Nkiru in the Best Alternative category, and Alabama Shakes singer, Brittany Howard’s Stay High in the Best Rock category, directed by Kim Gehrig whose video for Chaka Khan’s Like Sugar was a double winner at last year’s event.

A number of celebrated directing talents feature in this year’s shortlists, not least American directing heavyweight, Paul Thomas Anderson for his collaboration with Thom Yorke, music video legend Spike Jonze for his live video for Karen O and Danger Mouse, and British BAFTA winner, Aneil Karia who directed Kano’s Trouble. There are also multiple nominations for videos by young British directing talent including Charlotte.

Regan, Duncan Loudon, Dan Emmerson, Frank Lebon, Louis Bhose and Taz Tron Delix. Meanwhile, 2017’s New Director winner, Matilda Finn has won a place in this year’s Best director shortlist.

Among the international filmmaking talent gaining more than one nomination are US director Dave Meyers, French newcomer Sacha Barbin, Lisbon-born João Retorta, Israeli directors Val Muggia and Vania Heymann, American Nick Roney as well as powerhouse duo, Diana Kunst and Mau Morgó.

In the craft categories, a host of new names win shortlist places for their work. Among them, BRIT School graduate Nat Zangi for her choreography work on Jungle’s Casio alongside Israeli-born Jasmin Vardimon who worked with Paloma Faith on her video for Loyal. The Best Styling category sees a first-time appearance on the shortlist for Belgian/Congolese artist Baloji for his self-styled film Zombies, as well as Brits Taff Williamson for Little Dragon and Matthew Josephs for Kojey Radical. London-based team Studio Augmenta wins a Best Production Design nomination for Jorja Smith’s Be Honest and another team, The Joy of Sets, won the judges’ approval for their work on Lee Ann Womack’s Hollywood.

This year’s nominated DoPs in the Best Cinematography category include 5 new shortlistees – Benoit Soler, Daniel Fernández-Abelló, Ruben Woodin Dechamps, Molly Manning Walker and Sam Meyer – alongside last year’s double-nominee Kanamé Onoyama, In the editing category there are first-time nominations for The Quarry’s Flaura Atkinson and TenThree’s Liam Bachler, while the best colour grading category sees an all- British line-up including last year’s victor, Framestore’s Simon Bourne. British animators Ewan Jones Morris and Casey Raymond, find themselves up against 2017’s winners Karni and Saul, and double-nominee Chris Ullens in the animation category alongside 3 new shortlistees: Richie Oldfield, Páraic Mc Gloughlin and Hungarian-born Balázs Simon. The Best VFX category sees artists from two London powerhouses gaining nominations for their work: Electric Theatre Collective for Beardyman ft Joe Rogan, and The Mill for The Chemical Brothers

As well as honouring the best work in music videos, there are also awards at the UKMVAs for live music performance films, with nominations in the short form category for 5 London-shot films for Kano, Kojey Radical, Mumford & Sons, Tom Walker and Wolf Alice, and 1 Paris-based production for American singer Maggie Rogers. In the concert category, Coldplay, Justice, Kylie and Paul Weller all win places in the shortlist.

The UK Music Video Awards editorial director, David Knight, says, “It’s a big moment for the international music video industry when the nominations for the UKMVAs are announced. As always, 100s of music video professionals have taken part in judging this year. And the industry has now spoken, picking what it regards as the best work, and the greatest individual contributions of the year. The nominations are a remarkable expression of the creativity in music videos right now – vibrant, iconoclastic, increasingly diverse. They are also confirmation of the wonderful craft and technical expertise evident in the medium – from filmmaking rookies to Oscar-winners.”

The 12th annual UK Music Video Awards ceremony will be staged at the Roundhouse on 23rd October, and will be hosted once again by BUG frontman, and UKMVA regular host, Adam Buxton.

Here is the full list of nominations:

Best Pop Video – UK in association with Cinelab

Barns Courtney – You And I

Ed Sheeran & Chance The Rapper ft Pnb Rock – Cross Me

Ed Sheeran & Travis Scott – Antisocial

Labrinth – Miracle

Mark Ronson ft Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart

The 1975 – Sincerity Is Scary

Best Rock Video - UK

Bombay Bicycle Club – Eat, Sleep, Wake

Foals – Exits

Idles – Mercedes Marxist

Mumford & Sons – Beloved

Sam Fender – Dead Boys

The 1975 – Love It If We Made It

Best Alternative Video - UK

FKA twigs – Cellophane

Four Tet – Teenage Birdsong

James Blake – Can't Believe The Way We Flow

James Massiah – Natural Born Killers (Ride For Me)

Novo Amor – Repeat Until Death

The Specials – Vote For Me

Best Dance Video - UK

Beardyman ft Joe Rogan – 6am (Ready To Write)

CamelPhat X Jake Bugg – Be Someone

Elderbrook X Rudimental – Something About You

Hot Chip – Hungry Child

Prospa – Prayer

The Chemical Brothers – We've Got To Try

Best Urban Video - UK

Dave – Black

Jorja Smith ft Burna Boy – Be Honest

Loyle Carner ft Jordan Rakei – Ottolenghi

slowthai ft Skepta – Inglorious

Stormzy – Vossi Bop

Wiley, Sean Paul, Stefflon Don ft Idris Elba – Boasty

Best Pop Video - International

Billie Eilish – When The Party's Over

Madonna – Dark Ballet

Rosalía – Aute Cuture

Rosalía – De Aquí No Sales

Sigrid – Sucker Punch

Tove Lo – Glad He's Gone

Best Rock Video - International

Beirut – Landslide

Brittany Howard – Stay High

De Staat – Kitty Kitty

Gary Clark Jr – This Land

Rammstein – Deutschland

The Lumineers – Gloria

Best Alternative Video - International

Cayucas – Girl

Jordan Klassen – Virtuous Circle

Kamasi Washington – Hub-Tones

Karen O & Danger Mouse – Woman

Sam Tudor – Joseph In The Bathroom

Tshegue – M'benga Bila

Best Dance Video - International

Apparat – Heroist

Carnage ft Terror – Holy Moly

Chaka Khan – Hello Happiness

Justice – Love S.O.S

Salvatore Ganacci – Horse

Weval – Someday

Best Urban Video - International

21 Savage ft J Cole – A Lot

A$AP Rocky – Kids Turned Out Fine

A$AP Rocky ft Tame Impala – Sundress

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Crime Pays

Lil Nas X ft Billy Ray Cyrus – Old Town Road Remix

Vince Staples – Fun!

Best Pop Video - Newcomer

Ashnikko – Hi, It's Me

Harrison ft Ralph – Your Girl

Kwaye – Paralyzed

Shura – Religion (U Can Lay Your Hands On Me)

Spencer Sutherland – Sweater

Yumi Zouma – In Camera

Best Rock Video - Newcomer

Beabadoobee – Disappear

Crows – Wednesday's Child

Fat White Family – When I Leave

Flasher – Material

Indoor Pets – Being Strange

Lo! – As Fools Ripen

Best Alternative Video - Newcomer

Amon Tobin – Vipers Follow You

Obongjayar – Never Change

Pearl City – Down By The Tree

Soak – Everybody Loves You

Sola – Save Yourself

Swim Deep – To Feel Good

Best Dance Video - Newcomer

Cora Novoa – State Of Mind

Daithí ft The Sei – In My Darkest Moments

Daniel Avery – Under The Tallest Arch

Leifur James – Wurlitzer

RL Grime & Graves – Arcus

Sludge – Blacksmith

Best Urban Video - Newcomer

Col3trane – 2am Freestyle

Flohio – Wild Yout

Ghetts ft Kojey Radical – Black Rose

Jay Prince – Beamlight

Lauren Declasse – Evisu

Ocean Wisdom – 4am

Best Special Video Project in association with The Mill

Baco Exu Do Blues – Bluesman

Cayucas – Girl

Kamasi Washington – As Told To G/D Thyself

Kano – Trouble

Thom Yorke – Anima

Tove Lo – Blue Lips

Best Live Video in association with Procam

Kano ft D Double E & Ghetts – Class Of Deja

Kojey Radical – Can’t Go Back (MTV Originals)

Maggie Rogers – Light On (La Blogothèque - Live in Paris)

Mumford & Sons – Delta

Tom Walker – Angels (Vevo UK Lift)

Wolf Alice – Visions Of A Life

Best Live Concert

Coldplay – Live In Sao Paolo

Justice – Iris: A Space Opera

Kylie Minogue – Golden Live Tour

Paul Weller – May Love Travel With You

Best Production Design in a Video in association with CHEAT

Barns Courtney – You And I

Dizzee Rascal ft Skepta – Money Right

Jorja Smith ft Burna Boy – Be Honest

Lee Ann Womack – Hollywood

Loyle Carner Ff Jordan Rakei – Ottolenghi

Thom Yorke – Anima

Best Styling in a Video in association with i-D

A$AP Rocky Ft FKA Twigs – FUKk Sleep

Baloji – Zombies

Kojey Radical – 25

Little Dragon – Lover Chanting

Mark Ronson ft Lykke Li – Late Night Feelings

Rosalía – De Aquí No Sales

Best Choreography in a Video

FKA Twigs – Cellophane

Heavy Baile ft Goes – Ciranda

Jungle – Casio

Paloma Faith – Loyal

Thom Yorke – Anima

Yumi Zouma – In Camera

Best Cinematography in a Video in association with Panalux

A$AP Rocky ft Tame Impala – Sundress

Agoria ft Phoebe Killdeer – Embrace

Everyone You Know – The Drive

FKA Twigs – Cellophane

Kojey Radical – 25

Stormzy – Vossi Bop

Best Colour Grading in a Video in association with CHEAT

Carnage ft Terror – Holy Moly

James Massiah – Natural Born Killers (Ride For Me)

Paloma Faith – Loyal

Peggy Gou – Starry Night

Prince – Mary Don't You Weep

Youth – Haunted

Best Editing in a Video in association with Cut+Run

CamelPhat X Jake Bugg – Be Someone

Estrons – Body

FKA twigs – Cellophane

Ghetts ft Kojey Radical – Black Rose

James Blake – Can't Believe The Way We Flow

The Chemical Brothers – We've Got To Try

Best Visual Effects in a Video in association with Creep

Amon Tobin – Vipers Follow You

Beardyman ft Joe Rogan – 6am (Ready To Write)

FKA twigs – Cellophane

The Chemical Brothers – Free Yourself

Tove Lo – Glad He's Gone

Vince Staples – Fun!

Best Animation in a Video

John Grant – He's Got His Mother's Hips

Lee Ann Womack – Hollywood

Leifur James – Wurlitzer

Sivan Talmor – Sad Heart

The Specials – Vote For Me

Weval – Someday

Best New Director in association with Time Based Arts

Charlotte Regan

Duncan Loudon

Louis Bhose

Max Siedentopf

Nick Roney

The Rest

Best Director in association with Electric Theatre Collective

Dave Meyers

Diana Kunst & Mau Morgó

Frank Lebon

Henry Scholfield

Ian Pons Jewell

Matilda Finn

Best Producer in association with Worldwide Production Agency

Dasha Deriagina

Dom Thomas

Hayley Williams

Javier Alejandro

Morgan Clement

Nick Hayes

Best Commissioner

Connie Meade

Dan Curwin

John Moule

Laura Clayton

Sam Seager

Semera Khan

Best Artist


FKA twigs

James Blake


Loyle Carner


Best Production Company in association with LEAP




Object & Animal


Pulse Films

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