Trevor Nelson


Award-Winning DJ

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An award-winning DJ and champion for RnB music worldwide, Trevor Nelson is a household name across the UK. As a radio broadcaster he currently spans two of the BBC’s most popular music networks, Radio 2 and Radio 1Xtra.

In March 2021, Trevor released his own 8-part podcast series entitled Trevor Nelson’s Divas for BBC Sounds. Each episode consists of hand-picked archive footage in which Trevor reminisces on his most memorable interviews with some of the biggest artists in the music industry. From Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Usher and Kayne West to James Brown, Lauryn Hill, Mary J Blige and P. Diddy. 

As a DJ he continues to headline live music events across the UK under his own brand Soul Nation. He has released 12 incredibly successful compilation albums over the last 20 years, the most recent being Trevor Nelson Soul Selection and Trevor Nelson Slow Jams. 

As a pioneer in the black music scene, Trevor started his broadcasting career at then pirate station Kiss FM. He went on to A&R artists such as D’Angelo and signed Lynden David Hall at Cooltempo / EMI records. In 1996, Trevor moved to BBC Radio 1 to present the first ever national R&B show The Rhythm Nation. Trevor continued to present on Radio 1 for a further 17 years

Trevor joined MTV in 1998 to host their flagship R&B show The Lick, the show aired for 11 years on MTV base making it the longest running show on the channel. He hosted the first ever MTV Africa Awards from Abuja, Nigeria. 

Trevor has won numerous honours including 4 MOBOS and an MBE for his work with the millennium volunteers. In 2010 he was awarded with the special gold lifetime achievement award for his services to broadcasting, at the Sony Radio Academy Awards. He was also nominated as a Hackney ambassador to coincide with the 2012 Olympics.


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