The 2019 UK Music Video Awards were announced last night at a jubilant ceremony at London’s Roundhouse, Camden. The stars shining brightest were multiple award-winners FKA twigs and Stormzy, with the UKMVAs’ biggest honour, The Icon Award, going to legendary director Michel Gondry.

FKA twigs’ stunning video for Cellophane, directed by Andrew Thomas Huang, was the most honoured video at the 2019 UKMVAs, winning four awards: Best UK Alternative Video, and three prizes for its technical excellence in the categories of Cinematography, Editing and Visual Effects. Twigs followed that by winning the UKMVAs’ Best Artist award – for the second time in 6 years.

Stormzy’s Vossi Bop, claimed the title for the Video of the Year, and Best UK Urban Video, while Henry Scholfield, who directed the video and its follow-up for Sounds Of The Skeng, won the prestigious Best Director award at the annual celebration of creativity and craft in the medium of music videos.

Other British artists honoured for the creativity of their music videos included breakout star Sam Fender, whose video for his single Dead Boys, directed by American director Vincent Haycock, won Best UK Rock Video; beatbox artist/producer Beardyman, won Best UK Dance Video for his video for 6am (Ready To Write) featuring Joe Rogan, directed by British director Ian Pons Jewell; and singer-songwriter Barns Courtney won Best UK Pop Video for You And I, directed by Spanish director Pablo Maestres.

British grime veteran Kano, won the inaugural MVA award for Best Special Video Project, directed by Aniel Karia – continuing their working relationship on the Netflix hit series Top Boy – for the extended video Trouble, and Loyle Carner’s video for Ottolenghi, directed by Oscar Hudson, won Best Production Design in a Video, while Thom Yorke’s mini-feature for his album Anima, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, won Best Choreography in a Video.

The international nature of the UK Music Video Awards 2019 was shown in wins for Spanish pop-flamenco sensation Rosalía, for the De Aqui No Sales video, by directing duo Diana Kunst and Mau Morgó (Best International Pop Video), US hiphop star A$AP Rocky’s video for Sundress by British director Frank Lebon (Best Intrernational Urban Video) Dutch rock band De Staat’s Kitty Kitty, directed by compatriot Wouter Stoter (Best International Rock Video); and my personal favourite discovery of the night, Italian DJ Salvatore Ganacci’s hilarious video for Horse, by Bosnian director Vedran Rupic (Best International Dance Video award).

Among the individuals honoured, Javier Alejandro, was named Best Producer, for his work with Henry Scholfield on his Stormzy videos and Wiley’s Boasty. Semera Khan of Polydor won the Best Commissioner award for the second time, and this year’s Best New Director was Duncan Loudon for his work with Obongjayar, Flohio and Skepta.

The Best Production Company award was won by relative newcomers Object & Animal at the end of a big night for the company which saw their video for Rosalía’s De Aqui No Sales directed by Diana Kunst and Mau Morgó collect the hotly-contended International Pop Video award, as well as the multiple wins for FKA twigs’ Cellophane. The London-based production company, led by producers Dom Thomas and Morgan Clement, was honoured for an outstanding output of music videos over the past year, for artists including Justice, Madonna, A$AP Rocky and James Blake.

In the live sector, director Elie Girard, continued French production company La Blogothèque’s dominance of the Best Live Video category with his shortform piece for Maggie Rogers’ Light On. Meanwhile, Blink Inc and directors Blue Leach and Rob Sinclair claimed the Live Concert award for their longform film covering Kylie Minogue’s Golden tour.

As new successes were celebrated, there was also recognition for a living legend and enduring inspiration of the music video craft: Michel Gondry. The French born director was honoured with this year’s UKMVA Icon Award, which he received via video link from Los Angeles. Artists including Björk, The Chemical Brothers, and Paul McCartney, actor and longtime collaborator Jim Carrey, and fellow directors including Spike Jonze, Dougal Wilson and Garth Jennings, all paid tribute to Gondry’s contribution to the medium on the night with video messages.

The 12th 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 at the start of November.

Here is the full list of winners:

Best Pop Video – UK in association with Cinelab London

Barns Courtney – You And I

Director: Pablo Maestres

Producer: Inés Massa

Prod co: Primo / Friend

Commissioner: Paul McKee

Best Rock Video – UK

Sam Fender – Dead Boys

Director: Vincent Haycock

Producer: Fred Bonham-Carter

Prod co: Park Pictures

Commissioner: Semera Khan for Polydor

Best Alternative Video – UK

FKA twigs – Cellophane

Director: Andrew Thomas Huang

Producers: Alex Chamberlain & Morgan Clement

Prod co: Object & Animal

Commissioner: Scott Wright for Young Turks

Best Dance Video – UK

Beardyman ft Joe Rogan – 6am (Ready To Write)

Director: Ian Pons Jewell

Producer: Ash Lockmun

Prod co: Academy Films

Commissioner: Elena Argiros for Sony Music Entertainment

Best Urban Video – UK

Stormzy – Vossi Bop

Director: Henry Scholfield

Producer: Javier Alejandro

Prod co: Caviar

Commissioner: Dan Curwin for #Merky Records / Atlantic Records

Best Pop Video – International

Rosalía – De Aquí No Sales

Directors: Diana Kunst & Mau Morgó

Producer: Ella Ackroyd

Prod co: Object & Animal / O Creative

Commissioner: Luis Angeles for Sony Music Spain

Best Rock Video – International

De Staat – Kitty Kitty

Director: Wouter Stoter

Producer: William Griffioen

Prod co: We Are Will

Commissioner: Torre Florim for Caroline Benelux

Best Alternative Video – International

Cayucas – Girl

Director: Nick Roney

Exec Producer: Andreas Attai

Producers: Alan Michnoff & Ed Leer

Prod co: Anarchy Films

Record co: Park The Van

Best Dance Video – International

Salvatore Ganacci – Horse

Director: Vedran Rupic

Producers: Christian Kuosmanen & Siamand Masoodian

Prod co: Business Club Royale

Record Co: Owsla

Best Urban Video – International

A$Ap Rocky ft Tame Impala – Sundress

Director: Frank Lebon

Producers: Anastasia Ehrich & Nat Baring

Prod co: Camera Club

Commissioner: A$AP Rocky

Record co: A$AP Worldwide, Polo Grounds Music, RCA Records

Film Laboratory: Cinelab London

Best Pop Video – Newcomer

Ashnikko – Hi, It’s Me

Director: Lucrecia Taormina

Producer: Joseph Goldman

Prod co: FRIEND

Commissioner: Sam Seager for Parlophone

Best Rock Video – Newcomer

Flasher – Material

Director: Nick Roney

Producer: Andreas Attai

Prod co: Anarchy Films Inc.

Commissioner: Johanna McManus for Domino Recording Co

Best Alternative Video – Newcomer in association with OB Management

Obongjayar – Never Change

Director: Duncan Loudon

Producer: Tarquin Glass

Prod co: Somesuch

Commissioner: Richard Grewe for Plastic Circle

Film Laboratory: Cinelab London

Best Dance Video – Newcomer

Cora Novoa – State Of Mind

Director: Alex Gargot

Producer: Alvaro Priante

Prod co: Grayskull

Commissioner: Cora Novoa

Record co: Seeking The Velvet

Best Urban Video – Newcomer

Jay Prince – Beamlight

Director: Filmawi

Producer: Joseph J Goldman


Record co: Cosa Nostra Music

Best Production Design in a Video in association with CHEAT

Loyle Carner ft Jordan Rakei – Ottolenghi

Production Designer: Luke Moran-Morris

Director: Oscar Hudson

Producer: Chris Harrison

Prod co: Pulse Films

Record co: AMF Records

Best Styling in a Video in association with i-D

Baloji – Zombies

Stylist: Baloji

Director: Baloji

Prod co: BBL Productions

Record Co: Bella Union

Best Choreography in a Video

Thom Yorke – ANIMA

Choreographer: Damien Jalet

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Producers: Sara Murphy, Paul Thomas Anderson & Erica Frauman

Prod co: Dawn Chorus, LLC For Netflix

Record co: XL Recordings

Best Cinematography in a Video in association with Panalux

FKA twigs – Cellophane

DOP: Daniel Fernández Abelló

Director: Andrew Thomas Huang

Producers: Alex Chamberlain & Morgan Clement

Prod co: Object & Animal

Record co: Young Turks

Best Colour Grading in a Video in association with CHEAT

Prince – Mary Don’t You Weep

Colourist: Simon Bourne at Framestore

Director: Salomon Ligthelm

Prod co: Stink Films

Record co: Warner Bros

Best Editing in a Video in association with Cut+Run

FKA twigs – Cellophane

Editor: Andrew Thomas Huang

Director: Andrew Thomas Huang

Producers: Alex Chamberlain & Morgan Clement

Prod co: Object & Animal

Record co: Young Turks

Best Visual Effects in a Video in association with Creep

FKA twigs – Cellophane

VFX: Analog Studio, Matt Chandler, Fabio Zaveti

Director: Andrew Thomas Huang

Prod co: Object & Animal

Record co: Young Turks

Best Animation in a Video

Weval – Someday

Animator: Páraic Mc Gloughlin

Director: Páraic Mc Gloughlin

Record co: Kompakt

Best Special Video Project in association with The Mill

Kano – Trouble

Director: Aneil Karia

Producer: Precious Mahaga

Prod co: Somesuch

Commissioner: Sam Seager for Parlophone

Best Live Video in association with Procam

Maggie Rogers – Light On (La Blogothèque – Live In Paris)

Director: Elie Girard

Producer: Ondine Benetier

Prod co: La Blogothèque

Commissioner:  UMG / Capitol Records

Best Live Concert in association with Anna Valley

Kylie Minogue – Golden Live Tour

Directors: Blue Leach & Rob Sinclair

Producer: Tom Colbourne

Prod co: Blink Inc

Commissioners: Polly Bhowmik & Alli Main

Record co: BMG

Best Commissioner

Semera Khan

Best Artist

FKA twigs

Best Producer in association with Worldwide Production Agency

Javier Alejandro

Best Production Company in association with Leap

Object & Animal

Best New Director in association with Time Based Arts

Duncan Loudon

Best Director in association with Electric Theatre Collective

Henry Scholfield

The Icon Award

Michel Gondry

Video Of The Year in association with Promonews

Stormzy – Vossi Bop

Director: Henry Scholfield

Producer: Javier Alejandro

Prod co: Caviar

Commissioner: Dan Curwin for #Merky Records / Atlantic Records

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Cassie Fox is the founder of LOUD WOMEN, a collective championing women in music through regular gigs around the world, an annual festival in London, a monthly ezine, and record releases. Cassie plays keyboard in Thee Faction, and bass in I, Doris.


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