Anne-Marie Rose Nicholson
7 April 1991
East Tilbury, Essex, England
Anne-Marie Rose Nicholson (born 7 April 1991) is an English singer. She has attained charting singles on the UK Singles Chart, including Clean Bandit's "Rockabye", featuring Sean Paul, which peaked at number one, as well as "Alarm", "Ciao Adios", "Friends", "2002" and "Don't Play". Her debut studio album, Speak Your Mind, was released on 27 April 2018, and peaked at number three on the UK Albums Chart. She was nominated for four awards at the 2019 Brit Awards, including Best British Female Solo Artist. In 2015, she signed a record deal with Asylum (a sub-label of Atlantic Records) and began releasing her work through the label. Since 2021, she has been a coach on the tenth series of The Voice UK.
Anne-Marie was born and raised in East Tilbury in Essex. Her father, a builder and handyman is from the East End of London, while her mother, a teacher is from Essex. She has one sister, Samantha. She appeared in two West End productions as a child—Les Misérables when she was six, and Whistle Down the Wind, alongside Jessie J, when she was 12.
Anne-Marie is a black belt in Shotokan karate, having started taking karate lessons aged nine. She won Double Gold in the 2002 Funakoshi Shotokan Karate Association World Championships, Gold and Silver in the 2007 Funakoshi Shotokan Karate Association World Championships, and Gold in the United Kingdom Traditional Karate Federation National Championships. She credits this with teaching her "discipline and focus – basically everything I need for this career" but now does not have time to practise it frequently, due to her performing commitments. She attended Palmer's College in Thurrock as a teenager.
2013–2015: Career beginnings and Karate
Anne-Marie cut a solo demo for Rocket Records in 2013 called "Summer Girl". Her solo career was curtailed for her to develop herself as an artist; in the interim, she guested on tracks by Magnetic Man, Gorgon City and Raized by Wolves, after which she caught the attention of Rudimental; one of their vocalists left, and so they asked Anne-Marie to replace her. She featured on four tracks on their album We the Generation, of which two were co-features with Dizzee Rascal and Will Heard; the latter, "Rumour Mill", reached number 67 on the UK Singles Chart. She spent two years touring alongside them. On 10 June 2015, Anne-Marie released her debut EP Karate, which went out on the new label Major Tom's; two singles were released from it, "Karate" and "Gemini", which led to Anne-Marie making her first solo live performances. That November she released "Do It Right", which peaked at number 90 on the UK Singles Chart. It was originally intended to appear on Anne-Marie's debut full-length album, which at the time, had the working title of Breathing Fire.
2016–2018: Speak Your Mind
On 20 May 2016, Anne-Marie released "Alarm", the first single from her debut album. It spent one week at number 76 in June before resurfacing a month later; it later peaked at number 2 and was certified Platinum in the UK. In October 2016, Anne-Marie was confirmed to play at the thirty-first edition of Eurosonic Noorderslag in Groningen, Netherlands. The same month, Clean Bandit released their song "Rockabye", with Anne-Marie as main vocalist and featuring Jamaican rapper Sean Paul. It spent nine consecutive weeks at number one, and gained the coveted Christmas number one. The song has since been certified multi-platinum across most of Europe, North America, and Oceania.
On 10 March 2017, Anne-Marie released "Ciao Adios", which she had previously performed live at KOKO on 28 November 2016. The single became a top 10 hit in the UK, charting at number nine and being certified Platinum by the BPI. Anne-Marie's next single saw her collaborate with Snakehips on "Either Way", which also featured Joey Badass. On 21 September Anne-Marie released "Heavy", followed by "Then" on 15 December. In 2018, Anne-Marie collaborated with Marshmello on "Friends". The song was released on 9 February 2018, and was Anne-Marie's second top five UK hit as a lead artist. On 22 February, Anne-Marie announced that her debut studio album, Speak Your Mind, would be released on 27 April 2018. Prior to the release of her album, Anne-Marie released the single "2002" on 20 April in response to constant urging by Ed Sheeran, the co-creator of the song. In July 2018, Anne-Marie featured on a David Guetta song titled "Don't Leave Me Alone", which peaked at 18 on the UK Singles chart. In November 2018, Anne-Marie and James Arthur recorded "Rewrite the Stars" from The Greatest Showman for the re-recording of its soundtrack, The Greatest Showman: Reimagined.
2019–present: The Voice UK, single releases and Therapy
In 2019, Anne-Marie featured on the single "Fuck, I'm Lonely" by American singer Lauv for the soundtrack of 13 Reasons Why: Season 3. The single was released on 1 August 2019. Anne-Marie released the song "Birthday" on 7 February 2020. On Mother's Day 2020, Anne-Marie released the song "Her". "To Be Young", was released on 17 July 2020, featuring American rapper Doja Cat.
On 12 November 2020, Anne-Marie released the single "Problems". On the same day, her documentary, How To Be Anne-Marie, was released on YouTube Originals. The documentary gives light to the fans and a closer look about her personal life and her "time away from the limelight". Her documentary also features fellow celebrities, including Little Mix
On 2 January 2021, she made her first appearance as the newest coach for the tenth series of The Voice UK, replacing Meghan Trainor. A member of her team, Craig Eddie, won Series 10, making her first win on her first series as a coach.
On 15 January 2021, Anne-Marie released the single "Don't Play" in collaboration with British YouTuber and rapper-singer KSI and English DJ and producer Digital Farm Animals as the lead single from her second studio album.
On 13 May 2021, Anne-Marie announced the single "Our Song" with Niall Horan as the third single from her upcoming second studio album. The song was released on 21 May 2021, the same day she announced the title of her second album Therapy, which was released on 23 July 2021.
- Studio albums
|2020||How To Be Anne-Marie||Herself||Documentary|
|2021||The Voice UK||Coach||Tenth Season|
- Speak Your Mind World Tour (2018–19)
- Dysfunctional Tour (2022)
- ÷ Tour (Europe and North America legs) (2017–18)
Awards and nominations
|2016||MTV Europe Music Award||Herself||Best Push Act||Nominated|
|MTV Brand New||MTV Brand New||Won|
|MOBO Awards||Best Newcomer||Nominated|
|2017||Nordoff Robins O2 Silver Clef Awards||Jack Daniel Best Newcomer Award||Won|
|Brit Awards||Critics' Choice||Nominated|
|British Breakthrough Act||Nominated|
|"Rockabye" (with Clean Bandit)||British Single of the Year||Nominated|
|British Video of the Year||Eliminated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Music: Dance/Electronic Song||Nominated|
|LOS40 Music Awards||International Song of the Year||Nominated|
|Gaygalan||International Song of the Year||Nominated|
|MTV Europe Music Award||Best Song||Nominated|
|2018||Billboard Music Award||Top Dance/Electronic Song||Nominated|
|iHeartRadio Music Awards||Dance Song of the Year||Nominated|
|WDM Radio Awards||Best Global Track||Won|
|Herself||Best Electronic Vocalist||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||"Friends" (with Marshmello)||Choice Music: Dance/Electronic Song||Nominated|
|iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards||Song of the Summer||Nominated|
|MTV Video Music Awards Japan||Best New: International||Won|
|Video of The Year||Won|
|Melon Music Awards||Best Pop Award||Nominated|
|BreakTudo Awards||Herself||Artista em Ascensão||Nominated|
|LOS40 Music Awards||International New Artist of the Year||Nominated|
|MTV Europe Music Award||Best New Act||Nominated|
|Best UK & Ireland Act||Nominated|
|Brit Awards||"Ciao Adios"||British Video of the Year||Eliminated|
|2019||Brit Awards||Herself||British Female Solo Artist||Nominated|||
|Speak Your Mind||British Album of the Year||Nominated|
|"2002"||British Single of the Year||Nominated|
|British Video of the Year||Nominated|
|Global Awards||Best Song||Nominated|
|Best British Artist or Group||Nominated|
|iHeartRadio Music Awards||"Rewrite the Stars"||Best Cover Song||Nominated|
|"Friends" (with Marshmello)||Dance Song of the Year||Nominated|
|Remarkable Women Awards 2019||Herself||Artist of the Year||Won|
|2020||Melon Music Awards||"Birthday"||Best Pop Award||Nominated|
|Spotify Awards||Herself||Most-Streamed Female Artist on Consoles||Nominated|||
|2021||British LGBT Awards||Music Artist||Pending|||
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