UK Music Video Awards 2023: Nominations revealed ahead of awards ceremony on 26 October
HARRY STYLES & METTE LEAD THE FIELD IN THE ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF GLOBAL MUSIC VIDEO CREATIVITY
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It’s a tie for the top in this year’s UK Music Video Awards shortlists with 6 nominations apiece for Harry Styles, and breakthrough US artist, Mette. Styles wins 2 spots in the Best UK Pop Video category for his videos for ‘Music For a Sushi Restaurant’ and ‘Satellite’, where he’ll be attempting to fight off competition from Labrinth, Lewis Capaldi, Raye and Sam Smith. Meanwhile, newcomer to the UKMVAs, Mette (American singer, actor and dancer Mette Towley) launches herself into the spotlight with 2 videos on the Best International Pop Video list – ‘Mama’s Eyes’ and ‘Van Gogh’ – where she takes on videos by Christina Aguilera, Tove Lo, BTS star Jung Kook and Priya Ragu.
Harry Styles’ ‘Music For A Sushi Restaurant’ wins the most nominations for a single video in the 2023 shortlist with 5 mentions. Little Simz follows close behind with 4 nominations for her video ‘Gorilla’, helmed by renowned US director, Dave Meyers and is contending to retain her title for the Best UK Hip Hop/Grime/Rap Video. She faces competition in that category from AntsLive, J Hus, Jords, Loyle Carner and Stormzy. Meanwhile, US singer & rapper Audrey Nuna also notches up 4 nominations for her video, ‘Locket’, the creative brainchild of the late Valentin Petit, a Best Director nominee from 2022 who tragically died earlier this year, alongside The Blaze’s ‘Madly – The Poem’ directed by the artists, whose work has also previously been honoured at the ceremony.
Harry Styles and Little Simz head a list of British artists which includes Stormzy, James Blake, The 1975, The Chemical Brothers, Jungle, Royal Blood, Labrinth, Rudimental, Gorillaz, Jords, Hak Baker and AntsLive who have won multiple nominations for their visual projects at this year’s UK Music Video Awards, in the shortlists announced on 27th September, demonstrating that creativity in their videos remains an essential part of their art.
International artists Kendrick Lamar, Doja Cat, The Hives, Yves Tumor, The Blaze, Troye Sivan, Dominique Fils-Aimé and Fatoumata Diawara also receive multiple mentions alongside Mette and Audrey Nuna in this year’s list of nominations for over 30 awards, celebrating the best work in music videos in the UK and around the world, and the creative and technical talent behind them.
The winners at this year’s UKMVAs – the premier global awards programme for music video creativity – will be announced at the awards ceremony which takes place at Magazine London, a state-of-the-art events venue near The O2 in North Greenwich, on October 26th, on what is always a significant night in the calendar for the music video-making community.
In a tough year for global filmmaking, the nominations at this year’s UKMVAs reflect the enduring creativity in music video production, with both previously nominated directors and new talent breaking into the shortlist, as well as spotlighting the standout creative work in other filmmaking departments, including Cinematography, Colour grading, Production Design, Choreography, Styling, Editing, Animation and Visual Effects.
Among the directors on this year’s list, Aube Perrie, Camille Summers-Valli and Charlie di Placido score multiple mentions in the video categories. Frenchman Aube Perrie, the director behind Harry Styles’ ‘Music For a Sushi Restaurant’ and ‘Satellite’, also picks up a nomination for The Hives’ ‘Bogus Operandi’ in the Best International Rock Video category. French-Australian director Camille Summers- Valli’s collaboration with Mette sees her notch up 3 nominations in the video categories, 2 in the International Pop category and one for Best Performance in a Video. British director Charlie di Placido sees his long-term collaboration with Jungle land him 2 directing nominations for his latest set of videos for the band, one for ‘Back on 74’ in the Best Dance/Electronic Video – UK category and one for Best Special Visual Project for the visual album ‘Volcano’. All 3 are in contention for the Best Director award, up against the 2021 and 2022 winner Tanu Muino, US-based directing duo rubberband and French auteurs, The Blaze.
In the Best New Director category, AboveGround, Aidan Zamiri, Tom Emmerson, Hugh Mulhern, Kassandra Powell and Uncanny will contend for the title. In addition, young British director, Jay Green, wins 3 nominations for his work across the Newcomer categories, with videos for Kam-bu. Sans Soucis and Everyone You Know. His tally is matched by another up-and-coming British directing talent, Tyrus in the Newcomer categories with films for Artyn, Kamal and Louis Culture.
This year’s shortlist for the Best Performance in a Video category, designed to spotlight outstanding on-camera performances by artists, actors and dancers in music videos, this year features mesmerizing turns by AntsLive, Bakar, Little Simz., Mette and Truman, as well as the key role for young actor Riley Jacobs in The Blaze’s video for ‘Madly – The Poem’.
The Live Video category shortlist this year features an eclectic mix of British artists, with Berwyn, Jeshi, Gerry Cinnamon, The 1975, Last Dinner Party and Young Fathers in contention for the trophy. The. Special Visual Projects category, which celebrates film projects which extend beyond the boundaries of primary music videos, includes projects by Danish trio 802 and hotly-tipped UK artist TSHA, up against heavyweights Little Simz, Gorillaz, Kendrick Lamar and Jungle.
Since its inception in 2008, the UKMVAs has grown into the leading global awards programme for music video creativity, the most important annual event in the calendar for the world of music video production. The global reach of the competition saw entries from 30 different territories. Tickets for the awards show at Magazine, London on October 26th are on sale now at http://
Best Pop Video – UK in association with Cinelab Film & Digital
Raye ft 070 Shake - Escapism
Best Dance / Electronic Video - UK
Jungle - Back on 74
Best R&B / Soul Video - UK
Joesef - Just Come Home With Me Tonight
Best Rock Video - UK
Shame - Fingers of Steel
Best Alternative Video - UK
Bakar - Alive!
Best Hip Hop / Grime / Rap Video - UK
Little Simz - Gorilla
Best Pop Video - International
Priya Ragu - Adalam Va
Best Dance / Electronic Video - International
Macgray - Backbone
Best R&B / Soul Video - International
Kelela - Enough For Love
Best Rock Video - International
Grian Chatten - All of the People
Best Alternative Video - International
070 Shake - Black Dress
Best Hip Hop / Grime / Rap Video - International
Doja Cat - Attention
Best Pop Video - Newcomer
Kamal - Freeflow
Best Dance / Electronic Video - Newcomer
DJ Seinfeld ft Confidence Man - Now U Do
Best R&B / Soul Video - Newcomer
George - Forever
Best Rock Video - Newcomer
Heartworms - 24 Hours
Best Alternative Video - Newcomer
Anna B Savage - in|FLUX
Best Hip Hop / Grime / Rap Video - Newcomer
Ayrtn - 2 Da Max
Best Live Video
Jeshi - Bad Day at the Office (live film)
Best Special Visual Project
802 - A Heavy Metal Bedtime Story
Best Performance in a Video
Bakar - Alive!
Best Production Design in a Video
Yves Tumor - Echolalia
Best Choreography in a Video
Channel Tres - 6AM
Best Styling in a Video in association with i-D
Yves Tumor - Echolalia
Best Cinematography in a Video
The Hives - Bogus Operandi
Best Colour Grading in a Video in association with Studio RM
Rudimental, Charlotte Plank & Vibe Chemistry - Dancing Is Healing
Best Editing in a Video
Doja Cat - Attention
Best Visual Effects in a Video
Skiifall - 2 Charming
Best Animation in a Video
Hot Chip - Eleanor
Best Director in association with Electric Theatre Collective
Best New Director in association with LEAP
Best Director of Photography
Best Producer in association with WPA UK
Best Production Company in association with Kodak
Alexa Haywood, FreeAgent
Source UK Music Video Awards
September 28, 2023 1:00am ET by Pressparty