Music video directors Aoife McArdle, Fleur & Manu, Hiro Murai, Nabil, Ninian Doff and Sophie Muller comprise the talented group nominated for Best Director at 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 will take place at the Southbank Centre in London on Monday, November 10th.

Metronomy leads the charge as the most nominated musical act, including a nod in the new category of Best Video Artist, with a collection of videos directed by Edouard Salier, Daniel Brereton, and Michel Gondry. They will go head-to-head with FKA Twigs, James Vincent McMorrow, Jungle, London Grammar and Paloma Faith for the award, which is designed to recognize an artist for an outstanding set of 3 or more music videos over the past year, and is presented in association with Box Television.  

The most nominated video at this year’s UKMVAs is shared by the epic, harrowing clip for Paolo Nutini’s ‘Iron Sky’ directed by Somesuch & co’s Daniel Wolfe, and the scurrilously funny promo for DJ Snake ft Lil Jon’s ‘Turn Down For What’ by DANIELS of Prettybird. They have five nominations each, and are among the other international talent nominated for multiple awards with clips for 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 clip for Katy B’s ‘Crying For No Reason’ in the Best Pop Video category, alongside the Paolo Nutini video directed by Daniel Wolfe, whose first film Catch Me Daddy premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

Previous MVA Icon Award winner Jonas Åkerlund makes a re-appearance on the list for his work for Coldplay’s ‘Magic’ while heavyweight American video directors Nabil and Vincent Haycock also picked 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 British directors picking up multiple nominations include Ninian Doff, Tom Haines, and David Wilson.

Doomsday Entertainment is a leader of nominations this year, with nods for Best Dance Video, Best Rock Video, Best Urban Video, the VEVO Must See Award and Best Director for Hiro Murai. Other production companies showing up multiple times on the list include Prettybird, Somesuch & co, Iconoclast, Black Dog Films, and Colonel Blimp. 

As well as honoring the best work in music videos, there are also UKVMVA awards for coverage of live music and music ads. In the Live category, shows for the Rolling Stones and Coldplay, both directed by former MVA winner Paul Dugdale, compete against Sam Smith, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Savages and Rudimental.

This year’s UK Music Video Awards ceremony is set to return to the Queen Elizabeth Hall in the Southbank Centre in London, and organizers have announced the launch of Music Vid Fest, a conference on the business of music video creativity to run at BFI Southbank on the same day as the Awards. This will give professionals a chance to discuss the issues and advances driving music video production in the UK and abroad, ahead of the celebrations in the evening.

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 honoring 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 honor 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.”

Link to the UKMVAs:

Full list of Nominations:

Best Pop Video – UK in association with Rushes

Ella Eyre - If I Go

George Ezra - Budapest

Jessie Ware - Tough Love

Katy B - Crying For no Reason

Metronomy - Love Letters

Paolo Nutini - Iron Sky


Best Dance Video – UK

Chase & Status ft Jacob Banks - Alive

Disclosure - Grab Her

Jon Hopkins - Collider

Julio Bashmore - Peppermint

Jungle - Busy Earnin’

Wilkinson - Afterglow


Best Rock/Indie Video – UK

Drenge - Fuckabout

Jake Bugg - There's A Beast And We All Feed It

James - Moving On

Peace - Money

Peace - Lost On Me

Throne - Tharsis Sleeps


Best Alternative Video – UK in association with Smoke & Mirrors

Alt- J - Hunger Of The Pine

Atoms For Peace - Before Your Very Eyes

Ibeyi - River

London Grammar - Nightcall

Metronomy - Reservoir

Placebo - Too Many Friends


Best Urban Video – UK

Hawk House - Chill Pill

Last Night In Paris - Pure

M.I.A. - Double Bubble Trouble

Raleigh Ritchie - Stronger Than Ever

Rudimental ft Becky Hill - Powerless

Scrufizzer - Kick It


Best Pop Video – International

Jamaica - Two On Two

Keisza - Hideaway

Pharrell - Happy

Pharrell - Marilyn Monroe

Sia - Chandelier

Stromae - Tous Les Mêmes


Best Dance Video – International

DJ Snake ft Lil Jon - Turn Down For What

Gesaffelstein - Hate Or Glory

Hercules and Love Affair - I Try And Talk To You

Klangkarussell - Netzwerk (Falls Like Rain)

Movement - Ivory

Vic Mensa - Down On My Luck


Best Rock/Indie Video – International

Jack White - Lazaretto

Kaja Gunnufsen - Au

Mastodon - High Road

OK Go - The Writing's On The Wall

Queens of the Stone Age - Smooth Sailing

PUP - Guilt Trip


Best Alternative Video – International

Arcade Fire - After Life

DyE - She's Bad

Jackson and his Computer Band - G.I. Jane

Liars - Mess On A Mission

MGMT - Cool Song No 2

St Vincent - Digital Witness


Best Urban Video – International

Childish Gambino - 3005

Childish Gambino - Sweatpants

Dominique Young Unique - Throw It Down

Iggy Azalea - Change Your Life

J Cole - She Knows

Tyler, The Creator - Tamale


Best Pop Video – Budget

Catfish and the Bottlemen - Fallout

Midnight Juggernauts - Systematic

Mister D - Chleb

New Beat Fund - Get Up

Rosemary - I Know

The Correspondents - Fear and Delight


Best Dance Video – Budget

Basement Jaxx - Mermaid of Salinas

Festival Girlfriend - Infatuation

Friend Within - The Renegade

Halogen - So

Max Cooper - Supine

TCTS - These Heights


Best Rock/Indie Video – Budget

Eugene McGuiness - Godiva

Kid Wise - Hope

Lonely The Brave - Victory Line

PUP - Reservoir

Small Black - Breathless

Tiny Ruins - Carriages


Best Alternative Video – Budget

Bored Nothing - Let Down

FKA Twigs - Papi Pacify

FKA Twigs - Tw-ache

Goose - Your Ways

Jenny Wilson - The Future

Joan As Police Woman - Witness


Best Urban Video – Budget

Bonnie Banane - Champs-Elysees

Die Antwoord - Pitbull Terrier

Knytro - My Motive (Movement)

Moors - Asphyxiated

Pearls Negras - Make It Last

Run The Jewels - A Christmas F*cking Miracle


Best Art Direction & Design in a Video in association with Creative Commission

Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone

Metronomy - I'm Aquarius

Metronomy - Love Letters

OK Go - The Writing's On The Wall

Paolo Nutini - Iron Sky

St Vincent - Witness


Best Styling in a Video

Brooke Candy - Opulence

Coldplay - Magic

Iggy Azalea ft Charli XCX - Fancy

Paul McCartney - Early Days

Skrillex - Ragga Bomb

St Vincent - Witness


Best Choreography in a Video

Ed Sheeran - Don't

FKA Twigs - Tw-ache

FKA Twigs - Wet Wipez

Hercules and Love Affair - I Try and Talk To You

Jungle - Time

Peace - Money


Best Cinematography in a Video in association with Panalux

Jon Hopkins - Collider

London Grammar - Nightcall

MGMT - Cool Song No 2

Paolo Nutini - Iron Sky

Paul McCartney - Early Days

Woodkid - Golden Age


Best Color Grade in a Video

Alt-J - Hunger Of The Pine

DJ Snake ft Lil Jon - Turn Down For What

Paloma Faith - Can't Rely On You

Paloma Faith - Only Love Can Hurt Like This

Paolo Nutini - Iron Sky

Sam Smith - I'm Not The Only One


Best Animation in a Video

Coldplay - Always In My Head

James - Moving

Nils Frahm - Re

Metronomy - Reservoir

Savages - Marshal Dear

Throne - Tharsis Sleeps


Best Editing in a Video

DJ Snake ft Lil Jon - Turn Down For What

Franz Ferdinand - Evil Eye

Jon Hopkins - Collider

Kid Wise - Hope

Moody Good - Musicbx

Peace - Money


Best Visual Effects in a Video

Alt-J - Hunger Of The Pine

Atoms for Peace - Before Your Very Eyes

Disclosure - Grab Her

DJ Snake ft Lil Jon - Turn Down For What

DyE - She's Bad

Liars - Mess On A Mission


Best Live Coverage

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Live In Paris

Coldplay - Ghost Stories Sky Arts

Rudimental - Live at Brixton Academy

Rolling Stones - Sweet Summer Sun

Sam Smith ft Howard Lawrence - Make It To Me Stripped Live (Vevo Lift UK)

Savages - Live at the Forum


Best Music Ad – TV or Online

Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone

Bombay Bicycle Club - So Long, See You Tomorrow

Disclosure - Settle

Last Night In Paris – Pure

London Grammar – If I Wait

Sam Smith / Google Play – Live At The Roundhouse


Best Interactive Video

Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone

Damon Albarn - Heavy Seas of Love

Death Koolaid - Second Rule

Etienne de Crecy - Hashtag My Ass

ManCub - Waiting In Line 3D

Pharrell - 24 Hours of Happy


Vevo Must See Award

Bombay Bicycle Club - Luna

Catfish and The Bottlemen – Fallout 

Duke Dumont – Won't Look Back

Ella Eyre – If I Go

Jungle – Time

Wilkinson – After Glow


Best Producer in association with Island Studios

Amber Millington

Brett Webb

Joe Walker

Jules de Chateleux

Rik Green

Sarah Tognazzi


Best New Director in association with Electric Theatre Collective

George Belfield

Georgia Hudson


Oliver Hadlee Pearch

Thomas Rhazi

Truman and Cooper


Best Director in association with Locomotion

Aoife McArdle

Fleur & Manu

Hiro Murai


Ninian Doff 

Sophie Muller


Best Commissioner in association with IMD Fastrax

Caroline Clayton

Connie Meade

Dan Curwin

James Hackett

Sam Seager

Semera Khan


Best Video Artist in association with Box Television

FKA Twigs

James Vincent McMorrow


London Grammar


Paloma Faith