The annual U.K. Music Video Awards has announced the shortlist for the 2023 awards, with Harry Styles and Little Simz heading a list of British artists which includes Stormzy, James Blake, The 1975, The Chemical Brothers, Jungle, Royal Blood, Labrinth, Rudimental, Gorillaz, Jords, Hak Baker and AntsLive who have won multiple nominations for their visual projects at this year’s U.K. Music Video Awards.
It’s a tie for the top in this year’s U.K. Music Video Awards shortlists with 6 nominations apiece for Harry Styles, and breakthrough US artist, Mette. Styles wins 2 spots in the Best UK Pop Video category for his videos for “Music For a Sushi Restaurant” and “Satellite,” where he’ll be attempting to fight off competition from Labrinth, Lewis Capaldi, Raye and Sam Smith.
Meanwhile, newcomer to the UKMVAs, Mette (American singer, actor and dancer Mette Towley) launches herself into the spotlight with 2 videos on the Best International Pop Video list – ‘Mama’s Eyes’ and ‘Van Gogh’ – where she takes on videos by Christina Aguilera, Tove Lo, BTS star Jung Kook and Priya Ragu.
Harry Styles’ “Music For A Sushi Restaurant” wins the most nominations for a single video in the 2023 shortlist with 5 mentions. Little Simz follows close behind with 4 nominations for her video “Gorilla,” helmed by renowned US director, Dave Meyers and is contending to retain her title for the Best UK Hip Hop/Grime/Rap Video. She faces competition in that category from AntsLive, J Hus, Jords, Loyle Carner and Stormzy.
Elsewhere, US singer & rapper Audrey Nuna has 4 nominations for her video, “Locket,” the creative brainchild of the late Valentin Petit, a Best Director nominee from 2022 who tragically died earlier this year, alongside The Blaze’s “Madly – The Poem” directed by the artists, whose work has also previously been honored at the ceremony.
International artists Kendrick Lamar, Doja Cat, The Hives, Yves Tumor, The Blaze, Troye Sivan, Dominique Fils-Aimé and Fatoumata Diawara also receive multiple mentions alongside Mette and Audrey Nuna in this year’s list of nominations for over 30 awards, celebrating the best work in music videos in the UK and around the world, and the creative and technical talent behind them.
The winners at this year’s UKMVAs – the premier global awards programme for music video creativity – will be announced at the awards ceremony which takes place at Magazine London, a state-of-the-art events venue near The O2 in North Greenwich, on 26 October, on what is always a significant night in the calendar for the music video-making community.