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Childish Gambino, Florence + the Machine, Sevdaliza and Young Fathers win big at UK Music Video Awards 2018

26 October 2018

Donald Glover and his longterm visual collaborator, Hiro Murai, headed up a truly international roster of winners at this year’s UK Music Video Awards, celebrated last night (25th October) at London’s Roundhouse.

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Glover’s headline-grabbing This Is America video released under his pseudonym, Childish Gambino, was recognised by industry peers as the Video of the Year, as well as the best International Urban Video. It also won DoP Larkin Seiple the award for Best Cinematography in a Video.

Florence + The Machine and Sevdaliza also picked up multiple awards: director Autumn de Wilde collected the awards for Best UK Rock Video and Best Choreography in a Video for Florence + the Machine’s Big God, while Sevdaliza’s Shahmaran, an epic tale of desire and oppression, was honoured in the Best Visual Effects category as well as winning the Best UK Alternative Video award for Ghanaian director Emmanuel Adjei.

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This year’s Best Director award went to Barcelona-based directing collective, CANADA, for their work over the past 12 months, primarily with critically-acclaimed Spanish artist, Rosalía. The video for her single Malamente also won the collective the Best International Pop Video award, while French artists and directing duo, The Blaze won their third successive UKMVA for an international video, this time for Queens which triumphed in the Best International Dance Video category.

The Best Production Company award, handed out for only the second time at the UKMVAs, was won by Somesuch. The London-based production company was honoured for its outstanding output of music videos over the past year, for artists including Chaka Khan, Florence, Stormzy and King Krule.

The Best Artist award went to Young Fathers for their body of music video work in the past year, including the videos In My View, Toy and Holy Ghost, the latter made with last year’s Best Director winner, Oscar Hudson. Alloysius Massaquoi from the band was on hand to collect the award.

In one of the most touching moments at last night’s ceremony, UK industry stalwart Carrie Sutton was presented with the Outstanding Achievement Award. Only the 4th person to be honoured with the award in the UKMVAs history, and the first female winner, Sutton has worked as a commissioner, producer, and director’s rep for more than 20 years, with artists including U2, Supergrass, Blur, Noel Gallagher, Snow Patrol, Goldfrapp and Take That, but most notably with Robbie Williams throughout his solo career. She was honoured with messages from industry peers and artists.

This year’s UKMVAs also saw some new British talent taking to the stage to collect awards. Directing duo Zhang + Knight (Hannah Palumbo and Linden Feng), who had picked up multiple nominations, were presented with the Best New Director award. Meanwhile, Duncan Loudon and Will Hooper were honoured in the Newcomer categories for their work with Flohio and Idles, and Olivia Rose picked up the Best UK Urban Video award for her video for Jorja Smith’s Blue Lights.

alt-J continued their run of success at the UKMVAs with another win, this time for the video Pleader in the Best Alternative UK Video category, accepted via video message by the LA-based director Isaiah Seret. It was also a case of second year running for** Dua Lipa and director Henry Scholfield** who triumphed once again in the UK Pop category, this time with IDGAF. Jon Hopkins was rewarded for his double nomination in the Best UK Dance Video category with a win for Singularity, directed by Seb Edwards.

In the craft categories, production designer Francesca di Mottola was recognised for hand-crafting the noirish world of King Krule’s Biscuit Town, and Nick Royal was honoured as the lead stylist behind the futuristic caberet environment of Years & Years’ If You’re Over Me. Fellow Brit Emma Croft was also honoured for her work on the hair and make-up in the video.

Chaka Khan’s Like Sugar, directed by Kim Gehrig, saw British editor and colourist, Fouad Gaber and Simon Bourne collect the awards for Best Editing and Best Colour Grading, while Bristol-based animation supremo Chris Hopewell collected the award for Best Animation for Father John Misty’s Please Don’t Die.

In the live categories, the revival of MTV Unplugged with Biffy Clyro at the Roundhouse marked success for director Sam Wrench and the team at MTV UK, while multi-nominated French production team, La Blogotheque triumphed for a second year in the Live Video category with their highly-acclaimed film for Justin Timberlake’s Say Something.

The 11th annual UK Music Video Awards ceremony was hosted by BUG frontman, and UKMVA regular host, Adam Buxton. Backstage interviews with the winners, produced by the team at WhatsUp TV from the Mama Youth Project, will be available to watch on the UKMVA Youtube channel from November 1st.

Here is the full list of winners:

Best Pop Video –
Winner:
Dua Lipa – IDGAF
Director: Henry Scholfield
Producer: Campbell Beaton
Prod co: Caviar
Commissioner: Alex Burford for Warner Bros Records

Best Rock Video – UK
Winner:
Florence + The Machine – Big God
Director: Autumn de Wilde
Producer: Jacob Swan Hyam
Prod co: Anonymous Content x Somesuch
Commissioner: James Hackett for Virgin EMI

Best Alternative Video – UK
Winner:
alt-J – Pleader
Director: Isaiah Seret
Producer: Sonya Sier
Prod co: Biscuit Filmworks
Commissioner: Andrew Law for Infectious Music UK

Best Dance Video – UK
Winner:
Jon Hopkins – Singularity
Director: Seb Edwards
Producer: Ash Lockmun
Prod co: Academy Films
Commissioner: John Moule for Domino Recordings

Best Urban Video – UK
Winner:
Jorja Smith – Blue Lights
Director: Olivia Rose
Producer: Adam Farley
Prod co: Mill+
Commissioner: Zubin Irani

Best Pop Video – International
Winner:
Rosalía – Malamente
Director: CANADA
Producer: Alba Barneda
Prod co: CANADA

Best Rock Video – International
Winner:
Jack White – Corporation
Director: Jodeb
Producers: Candice Dragonas & Jason Baum
Prod co: Prettybird US
Commissioner: Saul Levitz for Columbia Records

Best Alternative Video – International
Winner:
Sevdaliza – Shahmaran
Director: Emmanuel Adjei
Producers: Chris Toumazou, Melodie Saba, Sam Fontaine, Gijs Determeijer
Prod co: COMPULSORY, Handsome, Halal Pictures
Commissioner: Twisted Elegance

Best Dance Video – International
Winner:
The Blaze – Queens
Directors: The Blaze
Producers: Maëva Tenneroni & Horace de Gunzbourg
Prod co: Iconoclast
Commissioner: Manu Barron for Savoir Faire

Best Urban Video – International
Winner:
Childish Gambino – This Is America
Director: Hiro Murai
Producer: Jason Cole
Prod co: Doomsday Entertainment

Best Pop Video – Newcomer
Winner:
Leyya – Wannabe
Director: Rupert Höller
Producer: Rupert Höller
Commissioner: Andreas Jantsch for Las Vegas records

Best Rock Video – Newcomer
Winner:
Idles – Colossus
Director: Will Hooper
Producer: Will Hooper
Prod co: Blink
Commissioner: Freddie Forsyth for Topsafe

Best Alternative Video – Newcomer
Winner:
Badbadnotgood ft Samuel T Herring – I Don't Know
Director: Will Mayer
Producer: Brendan Garrett
Prod co: AOT Projects & Stink Films
Commissioner: Jamie Strong for Innovative Leisure

Best Dance Video – Newcomer
Winner:
Kelly Lee Owens – Throwing Lines
Director: Kasper Häggström
Producer: Kasper Häggström
Commissioner: Kasper Häggström for Small Town Supersound

Best Urban Video – Newcomer
Winner:
Flohio – 10 More Rounds
Director: Duncan Loudon
Producer: Fred Bonham Carter
Prod co: Somesuch
Commissioners: Jiulia Ferrazzi & Patrick Hanrahan

Best Interactive Video
Winner:
PUP – Old Wounds
Director: Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux
Producer: Amanda Fotes & PUP
Prod co: Mad Ruk Entertainment

Best Live Video in association with Procam
Winner:
Justin Timberlake ft Chris Stapleton – Say Something
Director: Arturo Perez Jr
Producer: Christophe 'Chryde' Abric
Prod co: La Blogothèque
Commissioner: Nicholas Robespierre for RCA

Best Live Concert
Winner:
Biffy Clyro – MTV Unplugged (Live at the Roundhouse, London)
Director: Sam Wrench
Producers: Sian Larkin, Jeremy Davies & Albert Schilcher
Prod co: MTV Networks Europe
Commissioner: MTV UK

Best Production Design in a Video
Winner:
King Krule – Biscuit Town
Production Designer: Francesca Di Mottola
Director: CC Wade
Producer: Aaron Z Willson
Prod co: Somesuch
Record Co: XL Recordings

Best Styling in a Video an association with i-D
Winner:
Years & Years – If You're Over Me
Stylist (wardrobe): Nick Royal
Hair & Make Up: Emma Croft
Director: Fred Rowson
Producers: Paul Weston (EP) & Corin Taylor
Prod co: Blink
Record Co: Polydor Records

Best Choreography in a Video
Winner:
Florence + The Machine – Big God
Choreographers: Akram Khan & Florence Welch
Director: Autumn de Wilde
Producer: Jacob Swan-
Prod co: Anonymous Content x Somesuch
Record Co: Virgin EMI

Best Cinematography in a Video in association with Panalux
Winner:
Childish Gambino – This Is America
DOP: Larkin Seiple
Director: Hiro Murai
Producer: Jason Cole
Prod co: Doomsday Entertainment

Best Colour Grading in a Video in association with CHEAT
Winner:
Chaka Khan – Like Sugar
Colourist: Simon Bourne at Framestore
Director: Kim Gehrig
Producer: James Waters
Prod co: Somesuch
Record Co: Island Records

Best Editing in a Video in association with Cut+Run
Winner:
Chaka Khan – Like Sugar
Editor: Fouad Gaber at Trim
Director: Kim Gehrig
Producer: James Waters
Prod co: Somesuch
Record Co: Island Records

Best Visual Effects in a Video
Winner:
Sevdaliza – Shahmaran
VFX: Mathematic
Executive Post Producer: Guillaume Marien
Post producer: Marguerite Moreaude Lizoreux
VFX Supervisor: Yann Aldabe
Director: Emmanuel Adjei
Producers: Chris Toumazou, Melodie Saba, Sam Fontaine, Gijs Determeijer
Prod co: COMPULSORY, Handsome, Halal Pictures
Record Co: Twisted Elegance

Best Animation in a Video
Winner:
Father John Misty – Please Don't Die
Animators: Cadi Catlow & Henry Nicholson
Director: Chris Hopewell
Producer: Rosie Lea Brind
Prod co: Jacknife
Record Co: Sub Pop

Best Commissioner in association with The Mill
Winner:
Andrew Law

Best Producer in association with Worldwide Production Agency
Winner:
Théo Gall

Best Production Company
Winner:
Somesuch

Best New Director in association with Time Based Arts
Winner:
Zhang + Knight

Best Director in association with Leap
Winner:
CANADA

Best Artist
Winner:
Young Fathers

The Outstanding Achievement Award
Recipient:
Carrie Sutton

Video of the Year
Winner:
Childish Gambino – This Is America
Director: Hiro Murai
Producer: Jason Cole
Prod co: Doomsday Entertainment

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