Nominations announced for UK Music Video Awards as organisers launch first annual Music Vid Fest. Alt-J, Metronomy, Paolo Nutini, Jungle, FKA Twigs, Coldplay, Disclosure, London Grammar, Jon Hopkins, Peace and Paloma Faith are among the British acts who pick up multiple nominations in this year’s UK Music Video Awards, the annual celebration of creative and technical excellence in music videos made in the UK and beyond, which takes place at the Southbank Centre in London on Monday November 10th.
The accolade of the most nominated video at this year’s UKMVAs is shared by the epic, harrowing video for Paolo Nutini’s ‘Iron Sky’ directed by Daniel Wolfe, and the scurrilously funny promo for DJ Snake ft Lil Jon’s ‘Turn Down For What’ by American directing duo DANIELS. They have five nominations each, and among the other international talent nominated for multiple awards are Pharrell Williams, Iggy Azalea, St Vincent, OK Go and Bob Dylan.
The MVA shortlists reveal a host of celebrated filmmaking talent, not least Michel Gondry whose video for Metronomy’s ‘Love Letters’ finds itself pitched against British pop video supremo Sophie Muller’s video for Katy B’s ‘Crying For No Reason’ in the Best Pop Video category, alongside the Paolo Nutini video directed by Daniel Wolfe, who recently completed his first film Catch Me Daddy, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May.
Previous MVA Icon Award winner Jonas Akerlund makes a reappearance in the list for his work for Coldplay’s ‘Magic’ while heavyweight American video directors Nabil and Vincent Haycock also pick up nods for their work for Alt-J and Paul McCartney. French directors make another strong showing in the shortlist led by Fleur & Manu, Jonas & Francois and Emile Sornin, while closer to home, the British directors picking up multiple nominations include Ninian Doff, Tom Haines, and David Wilson.
The UK Music Video Awards editorial director, David Knight, says, “The nominations are a statement on the strength of creativity and invention in music videos today. They represent the power of music videos to bring people closer to the music, to be an entertainment format (and occasionally Art) in their own right.
“We are primarily honouring the people behind the camera, who make the videos, but I’m delighted that this year we’ve introduced a Best Video Artist award, to honour the bands and solo artists who foster creative relationships with filmmakers and make distinctive music videos as a result. And it’s a great first shortlist.”