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UK MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS 17 NOMINEES

Nominations for the UK Music Video Awards 2017 reveal the breadth of creativity in global music video and live film-making 

Artists from across the globe have picked up multiple nominations in the 10th annual UK Music Video Awards, which takes place at the Roundhouse in Chalk Farm, London on Thursday October 26th, hosted by Adam Buxton.

Kendrick Lamar leads the pack with 7 nominations for his videos for HUMBLE. and ELEMENT., while alt-J equal that tally, winning 7 nominations for their videos for 3WW, Deadcrush and In Cold Blood. Bonobo racks up 5 nominations, for two videos released this past year, for Kerala and No Reason. And Mercury Prize winner Sampha continues to pick up plaudits by racking up 4 nominations, including two for the album film ‘Process’.

At the awards show that celebrates music video creativity at all levels and all over the world, young British artists feature strongly in a range of awards at the UKMVAs, including Dua Lipa, Charli XCX, Loyle Carner, Mura Masa, Rag n’ Bone Man and Ray BLK.

In the international and professional craft categories, Jay-Z’s controversial videos for The Story Of OJ and Moonlight have both been nominated for awards, breakout French pop star Jain has three nominations for her South African-set video for Makeba, the Russian band Leningrad faces off against Canada’s The Weeknd and Majid Jordan.

The nominations also reveal that artists across the generations continue to push the boundaries in music filmmaking creativity. Elton John and The Rolling Stones pick up multiple nominations for music videos, alongside Mura Masa, Dua Lipa and Charli XCX who each pick up two apiece, the latter for her self-directed video ‘Boys’. Meanwhile, Björk, who was awarded Video of the Year at the first UK Music Video Awards in 2008 for the 3D video ‘Wanderlust’, continues to break new ground with a nomination in the Best Interactive Video award for ‘Notget’.

A number of celebrated directing talents feature in this year’s shortlists – including Kendrick Lamar’s visual collaborator, Dave Meyers; rock video legend Mark Romanek; longtime Gorillaz associate Jamie Hewlett; and previous UKMVA Icon Award winners Jonas Akerlund and Jamie Thraves – all lining up against more recently discovered talent.

Russian director Ilya Naishuller wins spots on the shortlist for his action-packed videos for Leningrad and The Weeknd, and French/Canadian duo Dent de Cuir are nominated for videos for Katy Perry and Metronomy. Meanwhile, the Best Director shortlist sees two siblings up against each other for the first time: Georgia Hudson, whose work this year includes videos for Pink and Loyle Carner is up against brother Oscar Hudson – director of videos for Bonobo and Young Martha, among others. 

The music video work of up and coming artists and directors is also recognised in a set of Newcomer categories, with artists such as BadBadNotGood, Moses Sumney, Bossman Birdie and the Lemon Twigs in the running for awards.

This year’s UK Music Video Awards, as always judged by MVA jury members who predominantly work within music video production, also has reunited with Vevo to give an audience award voted by the public.  The Vevo MUST SEE Award delivers a shortlist which spans UK and US artists as Charli XCX, Dua Lipa and Marika Hackman battle it out with Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar and Young Thug. As well as honouring the best work in music videos, there are also awards at the UKMVAs for both longform and shortform live music performance films, with films of The Rolling Stones (on tour in South America), Metallica, Rammstein, The Killers and Toro y Moi nominated for the Live Concert category.

The 10th annual UK Music Video Awards ceremony will be staged for the third successive year at the legendary Roundhouse venue in London, and will be hosted once again by BUG frontman, and UKMVA regular host, Adam Buxton.

The UK Music Video Awards editorial director, David Knight, says, “It’s been a remarkable year for music videos in many ways and the nominations at this year’s UK Music Video Awards prove it. Music videos are so important as a medium of expression for music artists now that we’re seeing the conventional idea of the music video being tested and stretched by some of the world’s most popular artists.

“Music videos are intrinsically a celebration of the music that they visualise, and the UK Music Video Awards is a celebration of the best music videos and performances, simple as that. It’s the biggest of its kind in the world and we look forward to welcoming music video makers from all over the world to the Roundhouse on October 26th. Its going to be a great night.”

Read more for the full list of nominations. 

2017 MTV VMA Winners

Kendrick Lamar truly earned his KIng moniker, opening the VMAs with a literally fiery performance and then nabbing Video Of The Year, Best Hip Hop, and nearly all the Professional Categories.

See below for all the winners of the 2017 MTV Awards are....

VIDEO OF THE YEAR 

  • Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) 

VIDEO VANGUARD AWARD

  • P!nk 

ARTIST OF THE YEAR 

  • Ed Sheeran (Atlantic Records) 

BEST NEW ARTIST (Presented by Taco Bell®)

  • Khalid (RCA Records) 

BEST COLLABORATION 

  • Zayn & Taylor Swift – “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)” (Republic Records)

BEST POP 

  • Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – “Down” (Syco Music/Epic Records) 

BEST HIP HOP 

  • Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)

BEST DANCE 

  • Zedd and Alessia Cara – “Stay” (Interscope) 

BEST ROCK 

  • Twenty One Pilots – “Heavydirtysoul” (Fueled by Ramen/Atlantic Records) 

BEST FIGHT AGAINST THE SYSTEM  - (All videos declared winners in a tie)

  • Logic ft. Damian Lemar Hudson – “Black SpiderMan” (Def Jam)
  • The Hamilton Mixtape – “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)” (Atlantic Records)
  • Big Sean – “Light” (Def Jam)
  • Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful” (Def Jam)
  • Taboo ft. Shailene Woodley – “Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL”
  • John Legend – “Surefire” (Columbia Records)

SONG OF SUMMER Presented by Verizon

  • Lil Uzi Vert — “XO Tour Llif3”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Kendrick Lamar --“HUMBLE.” Cinematographer: Scott Cunningham

BEST DIRECTION

Kendrick Lamar --“HUMBLE.” Director: Dave Meyers & the little homies

BEST ART DIRECTION

Kendrick Lamar --“HUMBLE.” Production Designer: Spencer Graves

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Kendrick Lamar --“HUMBLE.” VFX Editor: Company: Timber/Lead: Jonah Hall

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

Kanye West – “Fade” Choreographer: Teyana Taylor, Guapo, Matthew Pasterisa, Jae Blaze, Derek Watkins

BEST EDITING

Young Thug – “Wyclef Jean” Editor: Ryan Staake & Eric Degliomini

MTV VMA Professional Winners Announcement!

The Professional Categories of the MTV Video Music Awards remain the biggest recognition for the people who actually create the music videos in tandem with the artists themselves. And, since they're not open for fan voting, they reflect the feelings of the industry, as opposed to being swayed by fan popularity contests. That said, Kendrick Lamar is likely as popular in the industry as he is with fans.

We're psyched to share the deserving winners of the 2017 MTV VMA Professional categories with you. Congrats to all!

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • Kendrick Lamar --“HUMBLE.” Cinematographer: Scott Cunningham

BEST DIRECTION

  • Kendrick Lamar --“HUMBLE.” Director: Dave Meyers & the little homies

BEST ART DIRECTION

  • Kendrick Lamar --“HUMBLE.” Production Designer: Spencer Graves

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

  • Kendrick Lamar --“HUMBLE.” VFX Editor: Company: Timber/Lead: Jonah Hall

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

  • Kanye West – “Fade” Choreographer: Teyana Taylor, Guapo, Matthew Pasterisa, Jae Blaze, Derek Watkins

BEST EDITING

  • Young Thug – “Wyclef Jean” Editor: Ryan Staake & Eric Degliomini

​The MTV VMAs kick-off at 8pm ET, live on MTV with simulcasts on other Viacom stations, including VH1, Comedy Central, Spike, TV Land, CMT, and Logo, plus coverage aplenty on mtv.com

2017 MTV VMA Nominations

MTV today announced nominations for the 2017 “MTV Video Music Awards” with Kendrick Lamar scoring the most of the year with eight nominations for his video “HUMBLE,” and Katy Perry and The Weeknd both tied for five nominations each.  

Building on the the non-gendered categories at the 2017 “MTV Movie & TV Awards,” the network also combined the former “Best Female Video” and “Best Male Video” categories into a single “Artist of the Year” category. And, one new category has been added: “Best Fight Against the System,” spotlighting videos that "inspire viewers to stand up and fight injustice."  

See below for the full nominee list. Voting for all the non-technical categories is open at mtv.com/vma/vote/. And, of course, watch the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards live from the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. on Sunday, August 27 AT 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.  

VIDEO OF THE YEAR 

  • Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) 
  • Bruno Mars – “24K Magic” (Atlantic Records) 
  • Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful” (Def Jam) 
  • DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts” (Epic Records/We The Best)
  • The Weeknd – “Reminder” (XO/Republic Records)

ARTIST OF THE YEAR 

  • Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records) 
  • Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) 
  • Ed Sheeran (Atlantic Records) 
  • Ariana Grande (Republic Records)
  • The Weeknd (XO/Republic Records) 
  • Lorde (Republic Records) 

BEST NEW ARTIST (Presented by Taco Bell®)

  • Khalid (RCA Records) 
  • Kodak Black (Atlantic Records)
  • SZA (TDE/RCA Records) 
  • Young M.A (3D) 
  • Julia Michaels (Republic Records) 
  • Noah Cyrus (Records) 

BEST COLLABORATION 

  • Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez – “We Don’t Talk Anymore” (Atlantic Records) 
  • DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts” (Epic Records/We The Best) 
  • D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli” (Atlantic Records) 
  • The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer” (Disruptor Records/Columbia Records) 
  • Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean – “Feels” (Columbia Records) 
  • Zayn & Taylor Swift – “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)” (Republic Records)

BEST POP 

  • Shawn Mendes – “Treat You Better” (Island Records) 
  • Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You” (Asylum/Atlantic Records) 
  • Harry Styles – “Sign Of The Times” (Columbia Records) 
  • Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – “Down” (Syco Music/Epic Records) 
  • Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm” (Capitol Records) 
  • Miley Cyrus – “Malibu” (RCA Records) 

BEST HIP HOP 

  • Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
  • Big Sean – “Bounce Back” (Def Jam) 
  • Chance the Rapper – “Same Drugs” (Chance the Rapper LLC) 
  • D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli” (Atlantic Records) 
  • Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad & Boujee” (300 Entertainment) 
  • DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne – “I’m The One” (Epic Records/We The Best) 

BEST DANCE 

  • Zedd and Alessia Cara – “Stay” (Interscope) 
  • Kygo x Selena Gomez – “It Ain’t Me” (Ultra/Interscope)
  • Calvin Harris – “My Way” (Columbia Records) 
  • Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber and MØ – “Cold Water” (Mad Decent) 
  • Afrojack ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “Gone” (Wall Recordings/Latium/RCA Records)

BEST ROCK 

  • Coldplay – “A Head Full of Dreams” (Parlophone/Atlantic Records)
  • Fall Out Boy – “Young And Menace” (Island) 
  • Twenty One Pilots – “Heavydirtysoul” (Fueled by Ramen/Atlantic Records) 
  • Green Day – “Bang Bang” (Warner Bros. Records) 
  • Foo Fighters – “Run” (RCA Records)

BEST FIGHT AGAINST THE SYSTEM 

  • Logic ft. Damian Lemar Hudson – “Black SpiderMan” (Def Jam)
  • The Hamilton Mixtape – “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)” (Atlantic Records)
  • Big Sean – “Light” (Def Jam)
  • Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful” (Def Jam)
  • Taboo ft. Shailene Woodley – “Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL”
  • John Legend – “Surefire” (Columbia Records)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY 

  • Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (Scott Cunningham) 
  • Imagine Dragons – “Thunder” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope) (Matthew Wise)
  • Ed Sheeran – “Castle On The Hill” (Asylum/Atlantic Records) (Steve Annis) 
  • DJ Shadow ft. Run The Jewels – “Nobody Speak” (Mass Appeal Records LLC) (David Proctor) 
  • Halsey – “Now or Never” (Astralwerks/Capitol) (Kristof Brandl)

BEST DIRECTION 

  • Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (Dave Meyers & the little homies) 
  • Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm” (Capitol Records) (Mathew Cullen)
  • Bruno Mars – “24K Magic” (Atlantic Records)  (Cameron Duddy & Bruno Mars) 
  • Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful” (Def Jam) (Aaron A)
  • The Weeknd – “Reminder” (XO/Republic Records) (Glenn Michael)

BEST ART DIRECTION 

  • Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (Spencer Graves)
  • Bruno Mars – “24K Magic” (Atlantic Records) (Alex Delgado) 
  • Katy Perry ft. Migos – “Bon Appetit” (Capitol Records) (Natalie Groce) 
  • DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts” (Epic Records/We The Best) (Damian Fyffe)
  • The Weeknd – “Reminder” (XO/Republic Records) (Creative Director: Lamar C Taylor / Co-creative Director: Christo Anesti)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS 

  • Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (Company: Timber/Lead: Jonah Hall)
  • A Tribe Called Quest – “Dis Generation” (Epic Records) (Company: Bemo/Lead: Brandon Hirzel) 
  • KYLE ft. Lil Yachty – “iSpy” (Atlantic Records) (Company: Gloria FX/Leads: Max Colt & Tomash Kuzmytskyi)
  • Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm” (Capitol Records) (Company: MIRADA)
  • Harry Styles – “Sign Of The Times” (Columbia Records) (Company: ONE MORE/Lead: Cédric Nivoliez)

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY 

  • Kanye West – “Fade” (Def Jam) (Teyana Taylor, Guapo, Jae Blaze & Derek ‘Bentley’ Watkins) 
  • Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj – “Side To Side” (Republic Records) (Brian & Scott Nicholson) 
  • Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)  (Dave Meyers) 
  • Sia – “The Greatest” (Monkey Puzzle Records/RCA Records) (Ryan Heffington)
  • Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – “Down” (Syco Music/Epic Records) (Sean Bankhead)

BEST EDITING 

  • Future – “Mask Off” (Epic Records/Freebandz/A1) (Vinnie Hobbs of VHPost)
  • Young Thug – “Wyclef Jean” (300 Entertainment/Atlantic Records) (Ryan Staake & Eric Degliomini)
  • Lorde – “Green Light” (Republic Records) (Nate Gross of Exile Edit) 
  • The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer” (Disruptor Records/Columbia Records) (Jennifer Kennedy) 
  • The Weeknd – “Reminder” (XO/Republic Records) (Red Barbaza)

Prism Prize Award Winners

Director Martin C. Pariseau was announced as the Grand Prize winner for Best Canadian Music Video at the 2017 Prism Prize for Kaytranada’s 'Lite Spots" music video. Pariseau was on hand to accept the Prism Prize trophy and $15,000 award at the Awards Presentation in Toronto, Ontario.

Full winners are as follows:

Prism Prize Releases Top 10 Best Canadian Video List

The Prism Prize today announced the Top Ten best Canadian music videos of the year, as voted by a jury of more than 120 Canadian music, film and media arts professionals. After viewing hundreds of music videos, jurors selected the Prism Prize Top 20 and Top Ten based on originality, creativity, style, innovation and effective execution. The jury will vote once more to determine the Prism Prize winner, who will receive the $15,000 Grand Prize at the Awards Presentation on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

THE 2017 PRISM PRIZE TOP TEN (in alphabetical order):

  • A Tribe Called Red feat. Black Bear - Stadium Pow Wow (Director: Kevan Funk)
  • Andy Shauf - The Magician (Director: Winston Hacking)
  • BADBADNOTGOOD feat. Kaytranada - Lavender (Director: Fantavious Fritz)
  • Grimes - Kill V. Maim (Directors: Claire and Mac Boucher)
  • Harrison feat. Clairmont The Second - It’s Okay, I Promise (Director: Scott Cudmore)
  • July Talk - Picturing Love (Director: Jared Raab)
  • Kaytranada - Lite Spots (Director: Martin C. Pariseau)
  • PUP - DVP (Director: Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux)
  • PUP - Sleep in the Heat (Director: Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux)
  • Wintersleep - Amerika (Director: Scott Cudmore)

Visit www.prismprize.com for more details!

Berlin Musiv Video Awards - Call For Entries

The Berlin Music Video Awards 2017 will take place from the 17th to the 20th of May at the brand new Nuke Club in Friedrichshain, heart of the artistic hive that is Berlin.

The independent international music video festival, which celebrates this year its fifth birthday, was born with the idea of offering talented known and unknown filmmakers a platform to network and share their art. The Berlin Music Video Awards have become one of the most important events in the European music video industry.

Director Alex Nicholson signs with Kode Media

KODE has signed Alex Nicholson, the multi-award winning director and avid Sunderland supporter, onto its global roster of directors. 

Since working with Alex on previous projects, KODE has been working to bring the D&AD Next Director nominee into the fold for the last six months. The production company will rep Alex throughout Europe and U.S – from its offices in London and New York respectively.