Carrie Sutton (1&4 South 1985) was honoured with the Outstanding Achievement Award at the UK Music Video Awards 2018 in front of an audience of 800 music video professionals from the UK and around the world at the Roundhouse in London.
She was only the fourth person to be honoured with the award in the UKMVAs history, and the first female winner.
Carrie went to Durham to read English after Cranleigh and then embarked in a career as a a producer, commissioner and director’s rep in the music video industry in London. She has played an important role in hundreds of British-made music videos in that time, for artists including U2, Supergrass, Blur, Noel Gallagher, Snow Patrol, Goldfrapp, Take That and most notably with Robbie Williams.
In a film about her career, numerous colleagues paid tribute to her importance in making many great videos and helping people’s careers, including heartfelt tributes and congratulations from numerous artists, such as Alex James from Blur, Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol, Orlando Weeks of The Maccabees, Rick Astley, and the members of Busted, and also contributions from her family. This was a surprise to Carrie who arrived at the ceremony directly from a video shoot for Busted, knowing nothing about the award.
She receiving a standing ovation from the audience as she accepted the award, and was characteristically generous with praise for the people she’d worked with. “It can be very difficult, but at the end of the day,” she said. “We’re privileged to be able do what we do.”