Anne-Marie (singer)

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Anne-Marie at The Queen's Birthday Party (cropped).jpg
Anne-Marie performing at The Queen's Birthday Party in 2018
Background information
Birth name Anne-Marie Rose Nicholson
Born (1991-04-07) 7 April 1991 (age 27)
East Tilbury, Essex, England, U.K.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2013–present
Associated acts

Anne-Marie Rose Nicholson (born 7 April 1991) is an English singer and songwriter. She has attained several 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" and "2002".[2] Her debut studio album, Speak Your Mind, was released on 27 April 2018.[3]

Early life[edit]

Anne-Marie was born and raised in East Tilbury in Essex. Her father was born in Ireland, while her mother is from Essex. She appeared in two West End productions as a child—Les Misérables when she was six,[4] and Whistle Down the Wind alongside a young Jessie J when she was 12.[1]

Nicholson practised shotokan karate from the age of nine,[5] and 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.[6][7] She credits this with teaching her "discipline and focus – basically everything I need for this career"[8] but now does not have time to practice it frequently, due to performing commitments.[5] She also attended Palmer's College in Thurrock as a teenager.


2013–2015: Career beginnings and Karate[edit]

Anne-Marie performing in 2014

Anne-Marie cut a solo demo for Rocket Records in 2013 called "Summer Girl".[1] Her solo career was curtailed in order for her to develop herself as an artist;[9] in the interim, she guested on tracks by Magnetic Man, Gorgon City and Raized by Wolves, after which she caught the attention of Rudimental;[1] one of their vocalists left, and so they asked Anne-Marie to replace her.[8] She featured on four tracks on their album We the Generation,[4] of which two were co-features with Dizzee Rascal and Will Heard;[1] the latter, "Rumour Mill",[10] reached number 67 on the UK Singles Chart.[11] She spent two years touring alongside them.[9]

On 10 June 2015, Anne-Marie released her debut EP, Karate, which went out on the then-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.[1] In November 2015 she released "Do It Right", which peaked at number 90 on the UK Singles Chart.[11] It was originally intended to appear on Anne-Marie's debut full-length album,[1] which at the time, had the working title of Breathing Fire.[12]

2016–present: Speak Your Mind[edit]

Anne-Marie performing at SWR3 New Pop Festival in 2017

On 20 May 2016, Anne-Marie released the first single from her debut album, "Alarm",[13] which spent one week at number 76 in June before resurfacing a month later; it later peaked at number 2[11] and was certified Platinum in the UK.[14] In October 2016, Anne-Marie was confirmed to play at the thirty-first edition of Eurosonic Noorderslag in Groningen, Netherlands.[15] The same month, Clean Bandit released their song "Rockabye", with Anne-Marie as main vocalist and featuring Jamaican rapper Sean Paul.[16] It spent nine consecutive weeks at number one, and gained the coveted Christmas number one.[17] 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",[18] 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.[14] Anne-Marie's next single saw her collaborate with Snakehips on "Either Way", which also featured Joey Badass.[19] On 21 September Anne-Marie released "Heavy",[20] followed by "Then" on 15 December.[21] In 2018, Anne-Marie collaborated with Marshmello on "Friends". The song was released on 9 February 2018,[22] and was Anne-Marie's first top five UK hit as a lead artist.[23] On 22 February, Anne-Marie announced that her debut studio album, Speak Your Mind, would be released on 27 April 2018.[3] Prior to the release of her album, Anne-Marie released the single "2002" on 20 April in response to the constant insisting of Ed Sheeran, the co-creator of the song.[24]



Headlining act[edit]


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Work Category Result
2016 MTV Europe Music Award Anne-Marie Best Push Act Nominated
MTV Brand New MTV Brand New Won
MOBO Awards Best Newcomer Nominated
2017 Brit Awards Critic's Choice Award 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
MTV Europe Music Award Best Song Nominated
2018 Brit Awards "Ciao Adios" British Video of the Year Nominated
iHeartRadio Music Awards "Rockabye" (with Clean Bandit) Dance Song of the Year Nominated
WDM Radio Awards Best Global Track Won
Anne-Marie Best Electronic Vocalist Nominated
Billboard Music Award "Rockabye" Top Dance/Electronic Song Nominated
Teen Choice Awards "Friends" (with Marshmello) Choice Music: Dance/Electronic Song Nominated
iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards Song of the Summer Nominated
Best Collaboration Nominated
2018 MTV Video Music Awards Japan Best New: International Won
Video of The Year Pending
BreakTudo Awards Anne-Marie Artista em Ascensão Pending


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  2. ^ "100 million streams on Spotify". Retrieved 27 October 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Anne-Marie". Retrieved 22 February 2018. 
  4. ^ a b "Anne-Marie". MTV UK. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Who is Anne Marie dating? Star won't tell a secret". The Daily Telegraph. 9 May 2016. Retrieved 3 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "Instructors". Tokon Kai. 
  7. ^ McIntosh, Steven (2 July 2017). "Anne-Marie: Pop star and karate champion". BBC News. Retrieved 9 December 2017. 
  8. ^ a b "Rudimental singer Anne-Marie brands herself 'singer and ninja". BBC. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  9. ^ a b "Spotlight on... Anne-Marie". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  10. ^ "Rudimental Feat. Anne-Marie & Will Heard – 'Rumour Mill' – Rudimental". Capital FM. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  11. ^ a b c Peak chart positions for singles in the United Kingdom:
  12. ^ "Singer Anne-Marie puts Rudimental behind her as her solo career looks set to soar". Irish News. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  13. ^ ""Alarm" from Alarm – Single by Anne-Marie on iTunes". iTunes Store (GB). 
  14. ^ a b "Certified Awards" (enter "Anne-Marie" into the "Keywords" box, then select "Search"). British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 5 March 2018. 
  15. ^ "First European Artists Confirmed for Eurosonic Noorderslag – Eurosonic Noorderslag". Eurosonic Noorderslag. Archived from the original on 26 October 2016. Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  16. ^ Corner, Lewis (21 October 2016). "Clean Bandit team up with Sean Paul and Anne-Marie for bouncy new single 'Rockabye'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  17. ^ Savage, Mark (23 December 2016). "Clean Bandit land Christmas number one with Rockabye". BBC News. Retrieved 13 February 2017. 
  18. ^ ""Ciao Adios" from Ciao Adios – Single by Anne-Marie on iTunes". iTunes Store (GB). 
  19. ^ ""Either Way (feat. Joey Bada$$)" from Either Way (feat. Joey Bada$$) – Single by Snakehips & Anne-Marie on iTunes". iTunes Store (GB). 
  20. ^ ""Heavy" from Heavy – Single by Anne-Marie on iTunes". iTunes Store (GB). 
  21. ^ ""Then" from Then – Single by Anne-Marie on iTunes". iTunes Store (GB). 
  22. ^ ""FRIENDS" from FRIENDS – Single by Marshmello & Anne-Marie on iTunes". iTunes Store (GB). 
  23. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100 – Official Charts Company". Official Charts Company. 
  24. ^ "Anne-Marie Drops New Song '2002,' Co-Written by Ed Sheeran: Listen". Billboard. Retrieved 2 May 2018. 
  25. ^ Anne-Marie announces 2018 UK and European tour Celeb Mix, 2 October 2017. Retrieved 5 October 2017

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