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'''Trevor Nelson [[Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire|MBE]]''' (born 7 January 1964<ref>[http://www.debretts.com/people/biographies/browse/n/26897/Trevor+NELSON.aspx Debretts biodata]</ref>) is a [[United Kingdom|British]] [[DJ]] and BBC [[presenter]]
 
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'''Trevor Ricardo Nelson [[Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire|MBE]]''' (born 7 January 1964) is an award winning [[United Kingdom|British]] [[DJ]], presenter and broadcaster from [[Hackney]], London. He is among the UK’s most influential tastemakers within UK urban music, having hosted shows on [[KISS FM]], [[BBC Radio 1]], [[BBC Radio 2]] and [[BBC Radio 1Xtra]]. A pioneering force in British broadcasting, Nelson has interviewed everyone from [[Jay-Z]] to [[Mariah Carey]], [[Al Gore]] and [[Tony Blair]] during his three-decade long career, and has hosted a number of television programmes, documentaries and awards shows on [[BBC1]], [[BBC2]], [[Channel 4]], [[MTV] and [[MTV Base]]. His compilation CD’s, including The Lick series and the Trevor Nelson Collection, have sold in excess of 500,000 copies. Trevor has won four [[MOBO]] awards and, in 2002, he was awarded an MBE for his work with the charity Millennium Volunteers. Trevor is also a sports fan, consulting for, and hosting Channel 5’s [[NFL]] UK series, as well as hosting BBC1’s World Cup concert from Soweto in 2010. In 2012, he was commentator for the BBC’s coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Opening and Closing ceremonies.
   
 
==Early life==
 
==Early life==
Born in the [[London Borough of Hackney]] to a family of [[St Lucia]]n heritage, Nelson attended Central Foundation Boys' Grammar School (now known as [[Central Foundation Boys' School]]) in Cowper Street, Islington, London EC2, and [[Westminster Kingsway College]].<ref name="Ind1">[http://news.independent.co.uk/media/article3036417.ece "Trevor Nelson: My Life in Media",] ''The Independent'', 8 October 2007.</ref> His first job was in a shoe shop, but his love of music meant a part-time role as a DJ.
 
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Trevor Nelson was born on 7 January 1964 in Hackney Hospital, the second oldest of four siblings. Trevor also has three half-siblings on his father’s side.
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Trevor’s mother and father moved to East London from St. Lucia in 1961, where his father got a job as a bus conductor before retraining as a financial advisor. Trevor attended Princess May Primary School, where his mother was a classroom assistant. Trevor was the only boy in his school to pass the 11+, winning a place at the Central Foundation Boy’s Grammar school on Cowper Street (later known as [[Central Foundation Boys School]]). Trevor’s first Saturday job, aged 15, was at a greengrocer’s in Clapton, near Stamford Hill. With his £8 per week wages, he began his record collection with ‘The Best of Earth Wind and Fire’ from Our Price; he has since amassed a collection in excess of 25,000 records. After leaving Central Foundation, Trevor attended Kingsway Princeton College in Kings Cross (now known as [[Westminster Kingsway College]]) and had a part-time job at Ravel shoe shop. At Kingsway, fellow students included [[Andrew Roachford]], while alumni include [[Jamie Oliver]], [[Sid Vicious]] and [[Kathy Burke]].
   
Nelson gained day time work at a record importer in 1985, and widened his DJ experience putting on "[[Warehouse party|warehouse parties]]" on the weekends.<ref>[http://www.radiorewind.co.uk/trevor_nelson_page.htm Radio Rewind - BBC Radio 1 People - Trevor Nelson<!-- Bot generated title -->]</ref>
 
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==DJ and Radio career==
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In 1982, aged 18, Trevor set up a soul soundsystem near his home in Hackney, which he named The Madhatters and co. He soon became known as Madhatter Trevor. His first party was in a council flat off Bethnal Green Road and his first club night was at Dougie’s on Lower Clapton Road. Trevor’s first job, post-college, was as manager of Penessi’s shoe shop in Bethnal Green. A year later, he was offered his first job in the music industry, as a buyer and distributor for G&M Records in Clapton.
   
He went on to work in [[A&R]] for record labels [[Cooltempo]] and [[EMI]], promoting artistes such as [[D'Angelo]], [[Mica Paris]] and [[Lynden David Hall]];<ref name="Ind1"/> while also promoting events, including his own ''Soul II Soul'' and ''The Lick.''
 
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Despite being just 22 years old, Trevor became extremely influential in the music industry during his time at G&M. His job was to buy new music from the US and distribute it to key independent records shops in the South East. After ordering bulk Hip Hop and House vinyl by then unknowns like [[Public Enemy]] and Joyce Simms, he would drive to the Cargo Terminal at London’s Heathrow airport, to collect the records and deliver them to the likes of Bluebird on Church Street or Red Records in Brixton, where the city’s key DJs including [[Tim Westwood]], [[Derek B]] and [[Paul Anderson]] would be waiting to buy new releases. He later became an assistant manager at G&M, before going on to work at Red Records in Soho.
   
==Radio career==
 
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As his reputation as a collector and connoisseur of [[Hip Hop]], [[Soul]], [[House]] and [[Rare Groove]] grew, in 1985 Trevor was offered a late night Sunday show on what was then a [[pirate radio]] station, Kiss 100 London (now Kiss FM). Other DJs on the station at that time included Norman Jay, Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson, Coldcut, Tim Westwood and Judge Jules. When Kiss faced closure in 1986, Trevor and his fellow DJs collectively contributed £2,000 to save the station, and Trevor became a shareholder. For a brief spell, Kiss was housed at Trevor’s flat in Leytonstone.
As a pioneer in the urban scene, Trevor started his broadcasting career at then pirate station Kiss in 1985. In 1990 it gained a broadcasting license to become Kiss 100 London (Kiss FM), it was here that Nelson became director of the station and day time DJ. Behind the decks Trevor cut his teeth as a dj with Soul II Soul and promoted numerous club nights including the now legendary Lick parties. With a stint behind the scenes in A&R at Cooltempo, EMI, Trevor has been instrumental in the careers of D’Angelo, Mica Paris and Lynden David Hall. In 1996, Trevor moved to BBC Radio 1 to present the first event national RNB show ' The Rhythm Nation' <ref name="Ind1"/> and a year later began a Saturday afternoon program which resulted in him winning a [[MOBO Awards|MOBO Award]] in 1997 as Best DJ.
 
   
Trevor currently broadcasts across two radio networks. He presents weekdays, Monday to Friday 10:00am until 13:00 show on [[BBC Radio 1Xtra]]. Trevor presents a Soul show on Wednesday evenings on [[BBC Radio 2]] which he has been presenting since 2008, which is produced by independent production company [[Somethin' Else Sound Directions Ltd.|Somethin' Else]].
 
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While working at Kiss, Trevor started a night at Trends on Amhurst Road in Hackney where he met [[Jazzie B]], who ran the [[Soul II Soul]] soundsytem. The two put on a night called Jeans Jam at O Mankind club in Hackney, before Trevor began his first West End residency as a regular DJ at Soul II Soul’s legendary night at the [[Africa Centre]] in Covent Garden. He would later help Jazzie B secure a show on Kiss.
   
In 2010 he was awarded with the special gold lifetime achievement award for his services to broadcasting, at the Sony Radio Academy Awards.
 
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In 1988, Kiss went off the air for two years while they applied for a legal license, during which time Trevor and Jazzie B opened a record shop, within the Soul II Soul shop, on Tottenham Court Rd. Trevor also began a residency at the Wag Club, as well as hosting his own nights, including Yoyo at Shuffles, Upfront at [[Borderline]], Club Harlem at the [[Grey's]] on Grey’s Inn Road and Dance Wicked at the Arches in Vauxhall, with resident DJ’s [[Giles Peterson]] and [[Judge Jules]].
   
Was at the KIC FM for the Launch of the station is a big fan of the station. As one of the most respected DJ's across the bar and club scene, Trevor continues to DJ around the UK and Europe and is now in his tenth successful summer residency in Global Room nightclub in [[Pacha]], [[Ibiza]].
 
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In later years, he would win an award from [[Pacha]] for his Ibiza Summer residency, which continues today, while Trevor’s The Lick club night, in association with his MTV show of the same name, would become the foremost club night for R&B in the UK, with up to 4/5000 clubbers attending each night at various clubs around the country and Europe. A compilation CD series The Lick, The Lick Volume 2 and The Lick: Best Of, were subsequently released.
   
Trevor has gone on to release seven compilation albums, ''INCredible Sound of Trevor Nelson'', ''The Soul Nation'' and ''Lick'' compilations.
 
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When Kiss, now known as Kiss FM, returned to the air in September 1990, Trevor was the only DJ on the station to be voted in as a Director. After hosting a daytime show, a Street Soul chart show and Classic Cut show during his time at Kiss, in 1995 Trevor left the station. In 1996, Trevor was offered the UK’s first national R&B show, Rhythm Nation, on [[BBC Radio 1]]. In 1997 he also began hosting a second show on Radio 1 on Saturday afternoons. In 2007, Trevor began broadcasting across two stations when he co-hosted the BBC Radio 1Xtra Breakfast Show, with [[Gemma Cairney]] and in 2008, he began The Soul Show on BBC Radio 2. Between 2008 -2013, Trevor was the only BBC DJ to broadcast across three stations; Radio 1, Radio 2 and 1Xtra. In 2010, he received a Lifetime Gold award from the Sony Radio Academy for his services to broadcasting. That same year, Trevor and Gemma’s Breakfast Show also won Silver at the Sony Radio Academy awards. Trevor also has Gold, Silver and Bronze awards from the Sony Radio Academy for his Radio 1 R&B Chart Show.
   
Trevor's most recent compilation album is ''The Trevor Nelson Collection''. Picking up where his ''Lick'' compilations left off, Trevor shares his favorite R&B, Soul and Rap classics from over the decades.<ref>[http://www.londongroove.co.uk/London-Nightlife-Articles/?p=8441 "Music Review – The Trevor Nelson Collection".]</ref>
 
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Trevor’s last show for Radio 1 was 14 September 2013. He remains on 1Xtra, weekdays Mon to Fridays 10am – 1pm and on Radio 2’s Soul Show Wednesday 11pm - midnight
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==Music Industry Career==
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In 1993, Trevor was courted by several major record label in the UK for an A&R position, but decided to learn the business from the bottom up by taking a job in Club Promotions at Cooltempo where he worked with Arrested Development and Gangstaar. When [[EMI]] bought Cooltempo, Trevor was promoted to A&R at EMI, where he signed [[Lynden David Hall]] and was instrumental in the careers of [[Mica Paris]] and US star [[D’Angelo]]. Trevor’s first compilation CD, New Classic Soul was released on EMI.
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To date, Trevor has released 7 compilation albums featuring his picks of R&B, Soul and Rap classics. These include New Classic Soul, INCredible sound of Trevor Nelson (1999), Rhythm Nation (2002), The Lick series, and, 2013’s, The Trevor Nelson Collection, which has sold nearly 287,000 copies to date. The Trevor Nelson Collection: 2 which is set to be released January 2014.
   
 
==Television career==
 
==Television career==
Nelson first appeared on television in 1998 on MTV UK and presenting ''The Lick'' on MTV Base off the back of his first RNB show on Radio 1. Nelson also appeared as a judge on the 2006 show ''Just the Two of Us (TV series)|Just the Two of Us'', and again in 2007. Since 12 September 2009 Nelson has co-presented NFL UK, a weekly American Football highlights magazine show on Five (TV channel) with Natalie Pinkham.
 
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Trevor left EMI in 1998, when he was offered a job as a presenter on MTV’s The Lick and The Lick Chart, seminal urban music programmes that featured everyone from [[Mariah Carey]] to [[Jay-Z]], [[Sade]], [[Kanye West]] and [[Janet Jackson]]. The Lick and The Lick Chart was broadcast in 43 countries to an audience of millions, before being moved over to the newly dedicated urban channel, MTV Base. The show’s initial promotion was boosted by club night, The Lick, which fast became the UK’s foremost R&B night.
   
Trevor has worked on numerous BBC shows that include: "Holiday:you call the shots" / "Trevor Nelson's Urban Choice" / The Players club" series and more recently he presented the coverage of the FIFA World Cup concert in South Africa for BBC2 in 2010.
 
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While at MTV, Trevor also hosted ‘Trevor Meets’ and he was involved in the annual MTV EMA awards, broadcasting across Europe from the red carpet as well as backstage. In 2008, he hosted the first ever MTV Base African Music Awards (The MAMA's) from Abuju, Nigeria. He also hosted a summit for MTV with Tony Blair, just before the Iraq War. All Eyes On Tony Blair gave young people from around the world the opportunity to question the then British Prime Minister before the country went to war with Iraq. Trevor also hosted MTV’s Live Earth, a summit on Global Warming with Al Gore and live from the inaugural MTV Awards: Africa.
   
Nelson regularly appears as a pundit on programmes where celebrities recall their detailed memories of popular culture. He also commentated on the 2012 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony and 2012 Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony alongside Hugh Edwards and Hazel Irvine<ref>{{cite web|author=Ian Burrell |url=http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/danny-boyle-in-private-talks-with-huw-edwards-on-olympic-opening-ceremony-7966269.html |title=Danny Boyle in private talks with Huw Edwards on Olympic Opening Ceremony |publisher=''The Independent'' |date=2012-07-24 |accessdate=2013-01-10}}</ref><ref name=Wollaston>{{cite web|author=Sam Wollaston |url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/jul/27/olympic-opening-ceremony-tv |title=Olympic opening ceremony: the TV review |publisher=''The Guardian'' |date=27 July 2012 |accessdate=2013-01-10}}</ref> and was widely criticised in the media<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-reviews/bbcs-trevor-nelson-stumbles-but-danny-1177361 |title=BBC's Trevor Nelson stumbles but Danny Boyle's Opening Ceremony shines says Andy Dawson, aka Profanity Swan - Andy Dawson - Mirror Online |publisher=Mirror.co.uk |date=2012-07-28 |accessdate=2013-01-10}}</ref> and on social networks,<ref>[http://www.taletela.com/news/18036/trevor-nelson-slammed-for-2012-olympics-opening-ceremony-commentating Alicia Adejobi, "Trevor Nelson Slammed For 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony Commentating",] Taletela, 30 July 2012.</ref><ref name="Dawson">{{cite web|last=Dawson |first=Andy |url=http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-reviews/bbcs-trevor-nelson-stumbles-but-danny-1177361 |title=Boyle Command Performance is hampered by not-so-clever Trevor |work=Daily Mirror |date=28 July 2012 |accessdate=31 July 2012}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/olympics/london-2012/9441775/London-2012-viewers-verdicts-on-BBC-sports-presenters.html |title=London 2012: viewers' verdicts on BBC sports presenters |publisher=Telegraph |accessdate=5 August 2012}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|last=Purnell |first=Gareth |url=http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/olympics/news/olympic-opening-ceremony-view-from-the-sofa-sue-gary-and-team-bbc-whipped-us-into-a-frenzy-7982773.html |title=Olympic opening ceremony view from the sofa: Sue, Gary and Team BBC whipped us into a frenzy - Olympic News - Olympics |work=The Independent |date=28 July 2012 |accessdate=5 August 2012}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|last=Donaghy |first=James |url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/tvandradioblog/2012/jul/31/olympic-sporting-commentary?newsfeed=true |title=Olympic sporting commentary: why more is often less |work=The Guardian |date=31 July 2012 |accessdate=5 August 2012}}</ref><ref name=Wollaston /><ref>{{cite news|last=Purnell |first=Gareth |url=http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/olympics/comment/grace-dents-olympics-the-bbc-red-button-should-come-with-a-health-warning-7986144.html |title=Grace Dent's Olympics: The BBC red button should come with a health warning - Comment - Olympics |work=The Independent |date=30 July 2012 |accessdate=5 August 2012}}</ref>
 
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Throughout this period Trevor presented and featured on a number of other TV programmes. Within music and youth culture these have included Trevor Nelson’s Lowdown (BBC1/BBC3) with [[R. Kelly]], [[Mariah Carey]], [[Jay-Z]], [[Usher]], [[Mariah Carey]] and [[Alicia Keys]], Channel 4 documentary Soul Nation, a 3-part series on Black British music from [[Northern Soul]] to [[So Solid Crew]], Trevor Nelson’s Urban Choice (BBC2 and BBC Choice), The Player’s Club with [[Mel B]], [[P. Diddy]] and [[Mary J Blige]], BBC3’s Grammy coverage, a BBC special on [[James Brown]] and coverage of [[Michael Jackson]]’s Memorial on BBC2. He has hosted the MOBO awards three times to date; with the late Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopez in 2000, [[Kelis]] in 2001, and in 2013 with BBC 1Xtra host [[Sarah-Jane Crawford]]. Trevor also took part as a celebrity contestant on BBC2’s Maestro and as a judge on BBC1’s Just The Two Of Us.
   
==Personal life==
 
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As an entertainment broadcaster, Trevor has hosted shows including Panic Mechanics (BBC2), 5 Things I Hate About You (BBC2) and Holiday: You Call The Shots (BBC1).
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A divorced father of two children, Nelson lives in [[London]], and is a fan of [[Chelsea Football Club]]. He also has a home in St Lucia.<ref name="Ind1"/>
 
   
He was appointed an [[MBE]] in 2002 for his contribution to the [[Millennium Volunteers]] programme.
 
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As a sports commentator, Trevor hosted Channel 5’s NFL UK series, BBC1’s Word Cup coverage from Soweto in 2010 and, in 2012, he was commentator for the BBC’s coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Opening and Closing ceremonies.
   
In 2012 friend and fellow BBC DJ Tom Deacon revealed Trevor Nelson owns a leopard on a podcast promoting his Edinburgh show. http://connect.pure.com/p#!/uk/content/podcast/1466084-chortle-peacock-and-gamble-podcast
 
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==Other Ventures==
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Trevor co-founded Money Productions, with Francis Ridley in 1999. Money Productions made a series called the Players Club for BBC2, with [[Mary J. Blige]], [[Mel B]] and [[Puff Daddy]]. In 2000 Money Management was launched, now a successful agency, managing the careers of [[Nick Grimshaw]], [[Annie Mac]], [[Henry Holland]] and many others, including Trevor. Trevor is not a shareholder in this business.
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==Awards==
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Trevor has won a number of awards for his work as a DJ and broadcaster. These include 4 MOBO awards, a Lifetime Gold award from the Sony Radio Academy and a Silver award for the BBC 1Xtra Breakfast show which Trevor co-hosted with Gemma Cairney. He also won Gold, Silver and Bronze from the SRA for his Radio 1 R&B Chart Show. He has also been awarded a Pacha award for DJ of the year and a New York Festivals World Medal.
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In 2000 Trevor was awarded an MBE for his volunteering work around the country. Millennium Volunteers works with 15 to 24 year olds who volunteer 200 hours to their local community. In 2012, Trevor was one of a number of people who were made Ambassador to Hackney ahead of the 2012 Olympics held in East London.
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==Personal life==
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A divorced father of two children, Nelson lives in London and has a home in St Lucia. He remains an avid supported or Chelsea FC.
   
 
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