The South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2021: Dua Lipa, Saint Maud and The Royal Ballet lead nominations

Singer Dua Lipa poses in a yellow dress for a promotional image

The South Bank Sky Arts Awards return July 18, with an in-person event at The Savoy London. The show will mark 25 years as the only Awards ceremony in the world to celebrate every genre of the arts, including Dance, Theatre, Pop, TV Drama, Film, Classical Music, Literature, Opera, Comedy and Visual Art.

The event will air July 22 at 9pm on Sky Arts.

Once again presented and edited by Melvyn Bragg, the list of nominees is suitably eclectic.

The Pop category features nominations for Dua Lipa, J Hus and SAULT, while the TV Drama category this year nods to RTS-winning, BAFTA-nominated BBC drama I May Destroy You, BAFTA-nominated anthology series Small Axe and BBC Two drama Industry.

Leading the Comedy category with two nominations is Channel 4 with sitcom Home and semi-autobiographical series Feel Good, alongside the BBC’s sitcom from the Horrible Histories team, Ghosts

The movie Film category sees Sarah Gavron’s coming of age drama Rocks (pictured above), take on Rose Glass’ horror debut Saint Maud and Remi Weekes’ thriller His House

Nominations for Theatre include the Kiln Theatre’s Pass Over, the Donmar Warehouse’s Blindness and the Harold Pinter Theatre and BBC Four collaboration, Uncle Vanya.

Opera North and Scottish Opera battle it out in the Opera category with Street Scene and Nixon In China respectively, with VOPERA also being nominated for L’enfant et les sortilèges.

Literature category noms this year include Douglas Stuart’s Booker Prize-winning and New York Times Bestseller, Shuggie Bain, alongside Maggie O’Farrell’s winner of The Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020 novel, Hamnet and Paul Mendez’s semi-autobiographical, coming-of-age novel, Rainbow Milk

Rounding out the Visual Art category are Denzil Forrester: Itchin & Scratchin from Nottingham Contemporary & Spike Island, Bristol, Hold Still from the National Portrait Gallery and unique, ground-breaking exhibition Cold War Steve Meets the Outside World.

Leaping into the Dance category, nominations include The Royal Ballet’s first main-stage work of Valentino Zucchetti’s Scherzo, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s first one-act ballet commissioned and presented by Carlos Acosta, Lazuli Sky, and Final Edition, the farewell performance from the Richard Alston Dance Company. Classical Music nominations include Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s Petrenko’s Mahler I & II, The Lockdown Commissions Lawrence Power and Pavel Kolesnikov’s and Samson Tsoy’s Second Ragged Music Festival at the Ragged School Museum.

This year will see two additional awards: The Sky Arts Award for Innovation in the Arts During The Pandemic, awarded to both an institution and an individual, to acknowledge their outstanding work during the Covid-19 global pandemic. Winners of this category will be announced on the night.

For more information, visit Sky Arts online.

The South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2021 nominations in full

Visual Art
Denzil Forrester: Itchin & Scratchin – Nottingham Contemporary & Spike Island, Bristol
Hold Still – National Portrait Gallery
Cold War Steve Meets The Outside World – Medway / Bournemouth / Liverpool / Coventry

Shuggie Bain – Douglas Stuart
Hamnet – Maggie O’Farrell
Rainbow Milk – Paul Mendez

Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia
J Hus – Big Conspiracy
SAULT – Untitled (Black Is)

Pass Over – Kiln Theatre
Uncle Vanya (2020 Film) – Harold Pinter Theatre / BBC Four
Blindness – Donmar Warehouse

TV Drama
I May Destroy You – BBC One / HBO
Small Axe – BBC One
Industry – Bad Wolf/ BBC / HBO

Classical Music
Petrenko’s Mahler I & II – Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Lawrence Power – The Lockdown Commissions
Second Ragged Music Festival – Ragged School Museum

Home, Series 2 – Jantaculum / Channel X / Channel 4
Feel Good – Objective Fiction & Objective Media Group Scotland / Channel 4 / Netflix
Ghosts, Series 2 – Monumental Television / BBC One

Scherzo – The Royal Ballet
Lazuli Sky – Birmingham Royal Ballet
Final Edition – Richard Alston Dance Company

Saint Maud
His House

Street Scene – Opera North
Nixon in China – Scottish Opera
L’enfant et les sortilèges – VOPERA

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