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

 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 23 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 Zonbies, 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 shortform 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

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