Cat Velez - 8th Nov 2015

Colin Tilley accepted the Video Of The Year award for his video for Kendrick Lamar's Alright (above), David Wilson picked up the Best Director award, and the music video legend David Mallet accepted the MVAs' annual Icon Award, at the eighth running of the UK Music Video Awards, the annual ceremony celebrating the most creative work and greatest achievements in music video of the past year, in London last Thursday (November 5th). 

The night, hosted by Adam Buxton, began with a mesmerizing dance performance and ended in a cloud of confetti, with over 30 awards handed out in between. Nominees also came from far and wide - including Paris, Tel Aviv, Montreal and Los Angeles – to attend a glittering celebration of the artistry of music videos, the biggest UKMVA ceremony so far, held at legendary London music venue The Roundhouse for the first time.

It was a big night of success for British director David Wilson. As well as scooping the Best Director honour (below), his video for Royal Blood's Out Of The Black won three awards, for Best Rock/Indie Video UK, Best Animation In A Video - accepted by Wilson on behalf of the team of animators led by the video's co-director Christy Karacas, and Best Editing in a Video, which went to Max Windows at Stitch. Wilson's excitement did not end there, with him also winning Best Rock/Indie Video - International, for Tame Impala's Let It Happen.

Photography: Ben Meadows

The other big winner on the night was Kendrick Lamar's video for Alright, directed by Colin Tilley, which won Video of the Year, as well as Best International Urban Video, and had DoPs Corey Jennings & Rob Witt winning Best Cinematography in a Video.

Having arrived from LA just a few hours earlier to attend the UK Music Video Awards ceremony, in his acceptance speech for the Video Of The Year prize, Colin Tilley (below) opened up about his belief in directors' responsibility to make important contributions to pop culture.

Another big winner on the night was Helmi, whose video for Tiga's Bugatti won two prizes - Best Art Direction in a Video, and Best Dance Video - International, before Helmi then won the award for Best New Director.

Of the other main Individual prizes, two longstanding members of the British music video industry won awards for the first time: James Hackett, head of music video at Virgin EMI,  took the Best Commissioner award; and Sarah Tognazzi (below) won the Best Producer prize.

Hiro Murai, last year's Best Director winner, returned to the UKMVAs to pick up the award for Best Alternative Video - International, for his video for Flying Lotus ft Kendrick Lamar's Never Catch Me. Flying Lotus also won the Best Artist Award - and Steven Ellison (aka 'FlyLo') sent a last-minute video message (pictured below) to the packed house at The Roundhouse: a few seconds of his face superimposed on a female body, and letting the audience know that he was happy that the UKMVAs liked his "body of work."

Other videos were sent by choreographer Ryan Heffington, accepting the Best Choreography in a Video award for Sia's Elastic Heart, and director Nathan Johnson for Son Lux 'Change Is Everything,' which saw him in the middle of animating a 'Thank You' message which he reckoned might be finished next year.

In the best of British videos, the award for Best Dance Video UK went to Casey Raymond and Ewan Jones Morris for Leftfield & Sleaford Mods' Head And Shoulders; French directing duo Truman & Cooper won Best Urban Video UK for 'Rag N Bone Man Ft Vince Staples' Hell Yeah. Best Alternative Video UK went to Jack Whiteley for The Staves' Black & White.

The award for Best Pop Video UK went to one of the most viewed videos of the past year: Mark Ronson's Uptown Funk, featuring Bruno Mars, directed by Cameron Duddy & Bruno Mars. The award waspresented by Rushes' MD Joss Capper to Sony Music head of music video Mike O'Keefe (below), with Duddy sending a video message.

The video for Rihanna's Bitch, Better Have My Money, directed by Megaforce, also won two awards: Best Pop Video International, and Best Styling In A Video for stylist Mel Ottenberg. Other prizes for technical achievement included the Best Colour Grading award for Aubrey Woodiwiss, winning the award for the third time, for his grading on Rudimental's Never Let You Go video. Best VFX in a Video went to Yoann Lemoine, who directed and did the effects for Black Atlass' Jewels.

Dent de Cuir took home the first-ever MVA award for Best Lyric Video, for The Shoes 'Feed The Ghost,' and the director Denny Tedesco won the first MVA award for Best Music Documentary, for his years-in-the-making doc The Wrecking Crew. Paul Dugdale's won Best Live Coverage for his Lenny Kravitz concert feature Just Let Go. And for the second year in a row, Vania Heymann won Best Interactive video, this time for Cee Lo Green's Robin Williams.

In the Best Video - Budget categories, Us won Best Urban Video for Dels' Burning Beaches, Romain Chassaing won Best Rock/Indie Video for Naive New Beaters' Run Away, Best Dance went to R113's Lorn's Acid Rain, and Eoin Glaister was awarded Best Pop Video on a budget, for Aquilo's Losing You.

The night began with a beautiful dance piece choreographed by MVA Best Choreography in a Video nominee Holly Blakey. Then Adam Buxton - presenting his seventh UKMVA ceremony – began the show proper with an opening monologue featuring his usual video-assisted wit - which included a reading of YouTube comments from the video for David Bowie's Let's Dance, directed by the UKMVAs Icon Award recipient David Mallet.

Later in the show, Promo News editor and UKMVAs editorial director David Knight introduced a short film that summarized Mallet's extraordinary career, which began in the 1960s working in pop TV, before he helped invent the music video medium as we know it in the 1970s and 80s, working with Bowie, Queen, Blondie, Tina Turner, The Boomtown Rats, and many more. The film also contained messages of congratulations from Tina Turner, Billy Idol, Kevin Godley, Hamish Hamilton, Arlene Phillips and Sir Bob Geldof. 

The screening of the film was followed by Queen's Roger Taylor (above) coming on stage to present the UKMVAs Icon Award to David Mallet (below), who received a standing ovation from the 750-strong audience at The Roundhouse as he entered the stage to accept the honour.

After the ceremony and aftershow party at The Roundhouse, 4Music aired a special programme focussing on the nominees and winners from the UKMVAs 2015.


Best Pop Video – Budget

Aquilo - Losing You
Director: Eoin Glaister
Producer: Douglas Cox, Lee Cameron
Commissioner: Natalia Maus for Island

Best Dance Video – Budget

Lorn - Acid Rain
Director: R113
Producer: David Olano
Prod Co: R113
Commissioner: R113 for Wednesday Sound

Best Rock/Indie Video – Budget

Naïve New Beaters - Run Away
Director: Roman Chassaing
Producer: Nicolas Tiry, Edouard Chassaing
Prod Co: Solab Pictures
Commissioner: Naïve New Beaters for Bang

Best Styling In A Video, in association with I-D

Rihanna - Bitch Better Have My Money
Stylist: Mel Ottenberg
Director: Megaforce
Producer: Katherine Heffernan, Ciarra Pardo
Prod Co: Iconoclast
Record Co: Roc Nation

Best Choreography In A Video

Sia - Elastic Heart
Choreographer: Ryan Heffington
Director: Daniel Askill & Sia
Exec Producer: Jennifer Heath
Line Producer: Jack Hogan
Prod Co: Radicalmedia La
Record Co: RCA / Sony Music

Best Animation In A Video

Royal Blood - Out Of The Black
Animators: Mike Carlo, Ian Miller, Yuri Fain, Sachio Cook, Alex Kwan, Sam Marlo
Director: David Wilson & Christy Karacas
Producer: Corin Taylor
Prod Co: Colonel Blimp
Record Co: Warner Bros

Best Visual Effects In A Video

Black Atlass - Jewels
VFX Artist: Yoann Lemoine
Director: Yoann Lemoine
Producer: Elias Belkeddar
Prod Co: Iconoclast
Record Co: Green United Music

Best Live Music Coverage, in association with Procam

Lenny Kravitz - Just Let Go
Director: Paul Dugdale
Producer: Joss Crowley
Prod Co: Eagle Rock Film Productions
Record Co: Eagle Rock

Best Urban Video – Budget

Dels - Burning Beaches
Director: Us
Producer: Liz Kessler
Prod Co: Academy Films / A+
Commissioner: Big Dada

Best Alternative Video – Budget

Son Lux - Change Is Everything
Director: Nathan Johnson
Prod Co: The Made Shop 
Commissioner: Michael Kaufmann (Mgmt) for Glassnote

Best Interactive Video

Cee Lo Green - Robin Williams
Director: Vania Heymann
Exec Producer: Candice Dragonas
Producer: Nathan Scherrer
Prod Co: Prettybird
Record Co: Atlantic Us

Best Lyric Video

The Shoes - Feed The Ghost
Director: Dent De Cuir
Prod Co: Caviar
Record Co: Green United Music

Best Pop Video – International

Rihanna - Bitch Better Have My Money
Director: Megaforce
Producer: Katherine Heffernan, Ciarra Pardo
Prod Co: Iconoclast
Commissioner: Jamie Rabineau, Ciarra Pardo

Best Rock/Indie Video – International

Tame Impala - Let It Happen
Director: David Wilson
Producer: Corin Taylor
Prod Co: Colonel Blimp
Commissioner: Glen Goetze for Universal Music Australia

Best Urban Video – International

Kendrick Lamar - Alright
Director: Colin Tilley, The Little Homies
Exec Producer: Luga Podesta & Brandon Bonfiglio
Producer: Andrew Lerios
Prod Co: London Alley
Commissioner:  Mark Bridges for Interscope


David Mallet

Best Music Documentary

The Wrecking Crew
Director: Denny Tedesco
Producer: Denny Tedesco, Suzy Tedesco
Prod Co: Lunchbox Entertainment
Commissioner: Denny Tedesco

Best Art Direction & Design In A Video, in association with WPA

Tiga - Bugatti
Art Director: Anna Brun & Helmi
Director: Helmi
Producer: Jules De Chateleux, Roman Pichon Herrera
Prod Co: Division
Record Co: Universal

Best Editing In A Video

Royal Blood - Out Of The Black
Editor: Max Windows @ Stitch
Director: David Wilson & Christy Karacas
Producer: Corin Taylor
Prod Co: Colonel Blimp
Record Co: Warner Bros

Best Colour Grade In A Video, in association with CHEAT

Rudimental - Never Let You Go
Colourist: Aubrey Woodiwiss
Director: Nez
Producer: Lundi Shackleton
Prod Co: Furlined
Record Co: Warner Bros Records

Best Cinematography In A Video, in association with Panalux

Kendrick Lamar - Alright
DOPs: Corey Jennings & Rob Witt
Director: Colin Tilley, The Little Homies
Exec Producer: Luga Podesta & Brandon Bonfiglio
Producer: Andrew Lerios
Prod Co: London Alley
Record Co: Interscope

Best Dance Video – International

Tiga - Bugatti
Director: Helmi
Producer: Jules De Chateleux, Roman Pichon Herrera
Prod Co: Division
Commissioner: John Moule for Universal

Best Alternative Video – International

Flying Lotus Ft Kendrick Lamar - Never Catch Me
Director: Hiro Murai
Producer: Jason Colon
Prod Co: Doomsday Ent
Commissioner: Laura Tunstall for Warp

Best Urban Video – UK

Rag N Bone Man Ft Vince Staples - Hell Yeah
Director: Truman & Cooper
Producer: Corin Taylor
Prod Co: Colonel Blimp, Wanda Productions
Commissioner: Laura Clayton for Columbia

Best Dance Video – UK

Leftfield & Sleaford Mods - Head And Shoulders
Director: Ewan & Casey
Producer: Monica Domanska/Sarah Boardman
Prod Co: Riff Raff Films
Commissioner: Natalie Arnett for Infectious

Best Alternative Video – UK

The Staves - Black & White
Director: Jack Whiteley
Producer: Ellie Fry
Prod Co: Rattling Stick
Commissioner: Dan Curwin for Atlantic

Best Pop Video – UK, in association with Rushes

Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk
Director: Cameron Duddy & Bruno Mars
Producer: Jeremy Sullivan
Prod Co: DNA 
Commissioner: Mike O'Keefe for Sony Music

Best Rock/Indie Video – UK, in association with Locomotion

Royal Blood - Out Of The Black
Director: David Wilson & Christy Karacas
Producer: Corin Taylor
Prod Co: Colonel Blimp 
Commissioner: Sam Seager for Warner Bros

Best Commissioner, in association with Promostream

James Hackett

Best Artist

Flying Lotus

Best Producer, in association with Finish 

Sarah Tognazzi

Best New Director, in association with Electric Theatre Collective


Video Of The Year, in association with Promo News

Kendrick Lamar - Alright
Director: Colin Tilley, The Little Homies
Exec Producer: Luga Podesta & Brandon Bonfiglio
Producer: Andrew Lerios
Prod Co: London Alley
Record Co: Mark Bridges for Interscope

Best Director, in association with MPC

David Wilson

Cat Velez - 8th Nov 2015

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