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Anne-Marie performing in 2017
Background information
Birth name Anne-Marie Rose Nicholson
Born (1991-04-07) 7 April 1991 (age 32)
East Tilbury, Essex, England
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active 2013–present
Associated acts

Anne-Marie Rose Nicholson (born 7 April 1991) is an English singer-songwriter. She has attained charting singles on the UK Singles Chart, including Clean Bandit's "Rockabye", which peaked at number one, as well as "Alarm", "Ciao Adios", "Friends", "2002", "Don't Play" and "Kiss My (Uh-Oh)". Her debut studio album, Speak Your Mind, was released in 2018 and peaked at number three on the UK Albums Chart.

Anne-Marie was nominated for four awards at the 2019 Brit Awards, including Best British Female Solo Artist. To date she has been nominated for ten Brit Awards and has also received a nomination for a Billboard Music Award. In 2015, she signed a record deal with Asylum (a sub-label of Atlantic Records) and began releasing her work through the label. In 2021, she released her second studio album, Therapy, and began appearing as a coach on the television singing competition The Voice UK.

Early life

Anne-Marie Rose Nicholson was born on 7 April 1991 in East Tilbury, Essex. While her mother is a local teacher, her father, a builder and handyman, is from the East End of London. She has an older sister named Samantha.

When she was five, Anne-Marie went to stage school. She appeared in two West End productions as a child: she auditioned for Les Misérables aged six, without telling her parents, and performed in Whistle Down the Wind with Jessie J when she was twelve.

Anne-Marie attended St Clere's School at Stanford-le-Hope, where she also involved herself in performing arts. Her initial popularity there ended when she was fourteen—she was shunned and bullied by her classmates. Anne-Marie also said she regrets being a difficult child—exacerbated by her grandmother's death when she was twelve—and was advised by Ed Sheeran to "call [her] mum and dad every day". She began filming herself singing in her room as a teenager. Anne-Marie went on to go to Palmer's College in Thurrock.

Anne-Marie is a black belt in Shotokan karate. She began taking lessons aged nine, and became a triple world champion, winning double gold at the world championships and gold at the United Kingdom Karate championships in 2002. She credits karate with teaching her the "discipline and focus" necessary for her singing career, but tours have made it difficult for her to find time for the sport.


2013–2015: Career beginnings and Karate

Anne-Marie 2014
Anne-Marie performing with Rudimental at V Festival 2014

Anne-Marie was picked up by Rocket Music and released the demo "Summer Girl" in 2013. It attracted attention when Ed Sheeran linked to it on his Twitter account. A possible solo career was curtailed for her to develop herself as an artist. Guest appearances on songs by Magnetic Man, Gorgon City and Raized by Wolves drew Anne-Marie to the attention of the band Rudimental, and in 2014 they asked her to replace a vocalist who left the band.

Anne-Marie spent two years touring with Rudimental as a vocalist. As well as being featured in lllys song “Catch 22” on the album Two Degrees (2016), She also featured on four tracks on their second album We the Generation (2015), including co-features with Dizzee Rascal and Will Heard, and "Rumour Mill", which reached number 67 on the UK Singles Chart and gave her enough confidence to go solo. She said that she was writing daily while touring.

Anne-Marie's debut extended play (EP), Karate EP, was released on 10 June 2015 under Rudimental's then-new label Major Tom's. Produced by Josh Record and Two Inch Records, it contained three tracks and a remix. Debut single "Karate" and "Gemini" led to Anne-Marie making her first solo live performances. The Guardian favorably reviewed "Boy" and opined that Karate "proves she’s ready to step out alone". She released the single "Do It Right" in November, which peaked at number 90 on the UK Singles Chart.

2016–2018: Speak Your Mind

Her debut album had the working title of Breathing Fire. 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 16 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.

Anne-Marie performing at the SWR3 New Pop Festival in 2017

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". 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.

Anne-Marie 2019 Hits Live (cropped)
Anne-Marie in 2019

2019–2021: The Voice UK, single releases and Therapy

In 2019, Anne-Marie featured 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 28 August 2020, Anne-Marie featured on the Rudimental song "Come Over". 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, giving Anne-Marie 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.

Anne-Marie contributed vocals on the song "Way Too Long" in collaboration with Nathan Dawe and MoStack on 9 April 2021. 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. On 12 July 2021, Anne-Marie released the track "Beautiful", which retold the life of the Syrian refugee and parathlete Dima Aktaa. On 23 July 2021, Anne-Marie released the single "Kiss My (Uh-Oh)" as the fourth single, featuring Little Mix. On the same day her album Therapy was released.

On 30 September 2021, Anne-Marie released her first book "You Deserve Better: An Imperfect Guide To Finding Your Own Happiness". The book was published by Orion Spring and was a Sunday Times bestseller. As of 8 February 2022, the book has sold over 10 000 copies. The Korean version of the book was published on 23 February 2022 and was the only official translation.

In November 2021 it was announced she would dance with Graziano Di Prima in the 2021 Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special, which she went on to win.

2022–present: Upcoming third studio album, features in other artists' songs

On 27 May 2022, Anne-Marie collaborated with Swedish DJ duo Neiked and American rapper Latto on the song "I Just Called".

On 26 August 2022, Anne-Marie featured in K-pop boy group Seventeen's new version of their latest song "_World".

On 15 September 2022, Anne-Marie released the single "PSYCHO", in collaboration with British rapper Aitch, as the lead single from her third studio album.

In an interview with FM104 regarding her third studio album, Anne-Marie explained that "I've been writing a lot of new stuff... and I feel like I've figured out what I want to say. I feel like from the first and second album I've learnt a lot about myself, and know this is now who I am."

On 3 February 2023, Anne-Marie released "SAD B!TCH" - the second single from her upcoming third studio album.

On 9 March 2023, Anne-Marie collaborated with Thai singer Minnie, a member of South Korean girl group (G)I-dle, on the song "Expectations".

On 7 April 2023, Anne-Marie teamed up with David Guetta and Coi Leray on the song "Baby Don't Hurt Me" which samples Haddaway's hit "What Is Love".

Personal life

In 2018, Anne-Marie revealed that she is attracted to both men and women, but that she does not identify with the label bisexual. She said, "I just feel like I'm attracted to who I like."

Anne-Marie has opened up about her struggle with anxiety. She said that therapy helped her "face her demons during lockdown". She also stated that she has ADHD, dyslexia and OCD.

In 2022, Anne-Marie started dating British rapper Slowthai. Their relationship, while mostly private, was confirmed by Slowthai in an interview with Rolling Stone in February 2023.


Studio albums

  • Speak Your Mind (2018)
  • Therapy (2021)
  • TBA (2023)


List of film/television appearances, with year, title and role shown
Year Name Role Notes
2020 How to Be Anne-Marie Herself Documentary
2021–present The Voice UK Coach Series 10–present
2021 Never Mind the Buzzcocks Herself Season 29; Episode 1
2021 Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special Herself Winner of the one off competition
2022 Turning Red Lauren Cameo; UK version



  • Speak Your Mind World Tour (2018–19)
  • Dysfunctional Tour (2022)


  • ÷ Tour (Europe and North America legs) (2017–18)

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Film(s) Result Ref.
2016 MTV Europe Music Award Herself Best Push Act Nominated
MTV Brand New MTV Brand New Won
MOBO Awards Best Newcomer Nominated
2017 O2 Silver Clef Awards 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
Best Collaboration Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards Japan Best New: International Won
Video of The Year Won
Melon Music Awards Best Pop Award Nominated
LOS40 Music Awards Herself 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 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
Herself Best Female Nominated
Best British Artist or Group Nominated
Best Pop Won
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 Won
2022 The BRIT Awards "Don't Play" (with KSI & Digital Farm Animals) Song of the Year Nominated
Global Awards Herself Best British Act Nominated
Best Female Won

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