Jessie J, Wretch 32 , Example, Chris Brown, Kelly Rowland, Adele, Katy B, JLS, Nicki Minaj, Tinie Tempah, Loick Essien, Ed Sheeran and Joss Stone are just a few chart-toppers who join a list of nominees for Europe’s biggest annual urban and dance music awards show.
The much anticipated 9th annual Urban Music Awards sponsored by Corona Extra, will be held on the 3rd of October 2011.
Over 1.2 million music fans nominated in over 16 categories from the start of the year and the voting has now officially commenced today.
Recent chart topper, Wretch 32 receives a record 6 nominations for Artist of the Year , Best Single, Best Music Video , Best Collaboration featuring Example with his single ‘Unorthodox’, Best HipHop Act and Best Male Artist.
The London rapper who recently signed a deal with Ministry of Sound added “I am extremely excited to be nominated for this year. This is amazing news. The Urban Music Awards has led to a successful commercial urban music scene in the UK and Europe and i have always wanted to be at the UMA’s. Thanks to all the fans who nominated me and i can’t wait till the show in September”.
Wretch 32 will be battling it out with Essex girl, Jessie J who is up for 4 nominations including ; Artist of the Year, Best Album for ‘Who you Are’ , Best Female Artist, and Best Single for ‘Nobody’s Perfect’.
Chart-topping, Dance/HipHop act Example is also up for a record 4 nominations including; Best Male Artist, Artist of the Year, Best Dance Act and Best Album for ‘Won’t Go Quietly’.
Example also picks up a further 3 nominations for his collaboration with Wretch 32 on the chart topping single ‘Unorthodox’.
Other nominees this year include; JLS, Chipmunk , Dappy (N-Dubz), Tinchy Stryder, Chris Brown, Jason Derulo, Tinie Tempah and newcomer Loick Essien who scored a top 10 hit with his single ‘How we roll’ earlier this year. Female artists have also dominated the 2011 Urban Music Awards nominations list with nominees including ; Alexandra Burke, SoundGirl , Joss Stone, Emili Sandé, Kelly Rowland, Mz Bratt , Yasmin, Nicki Minaj, Adele and Katy B who is up for Best Female Artist , Artist of the Year and Best Album for ‘On A Mission’
The Urban Music Awards was launched in 1999 with it’s first event hosted in 2003. The UMA organisation built the UK urban music scene to the commercial success it is today and invested millions in developing, celebrating, awarding, nurturing, and encouraging artists who have become household names today. It became the 1st ever awards show in the UK to award 100% of all 17 categories to strictly British acts.
This led to several multi-faceted sponsorship deals with brands such as; Samsung Mobile, Timberland, Footlocker, Kickers, MAC Cosmetics, Wella Professionals and many more to strengthen the UK Urban Music scene. The UMA’s did not stop there, the awards show became the 1st ever British based awards show to launch a US version with the Urban Music Awards USA in New York city in the year 2007!
From it’s inception all categories are nominated and voted for by music fans which makes it a truly people’s choice awards ceremony.
To celebrate the continuous success of UK urban music; The UMA’s have announce a brand new social networking site where music fans, upcoming artist and established acts can network, share music and create a support frame work to increase urban and dance music globally.
UMA’s 2011 will be syndicated for broadcast in over 7 countries in Europe with a potential audience access of over 48 million music fans worldwide and this will follow the launch of the UMA 2011 compilation album featuring a mix of talent from Europe.
Grandmaster Flash (Creator of HipHop) added “I am an innovator as we created HipHop, a music genre that wasn’t fully embraced. We worked long and hard to make sure it grew to become a credible and successful genre and now it is being enjoyed all around the world by music fans from different races, ages and more. The UMA’s will always have my support because what the UMA’s are doing worldwide is way ahead of it’s time and the effects and positive impact of the Urban Music Awards worldwide would only be realised several years after for how groundbreaking one show has been to inspire a generation from the grassroots to the mainstream”.
Music fans who have nominated for all the categories will get to decide by voting on who gets to win a prestigious UMA award. Voting is currently live till the 10th of September 2011 @ www.urbanmusicawards.net
Please find below the full list for the 9th annual Urban Music Awards 2011:
Best Collaboration sponsored by Corona Extra
DJ Fresh ft Sian Evans “Louder” (Ministry of Sound)
Dappy ft. Tinchy Stryder “Spaceship” (4th & Broadway & AATW)
Loick Essein ft. Tanya Lacey “How we Roll” (RCA)
Vato Gonzalez ft Foreign Beggars “Badman Riddim” (Levels/Ministry of Sound)
Chipmunk ft. Chris Brown “Champion”
Wretch 32 ft. Example “Unorthodox” (Levels/Ministry of Sound)
Best Male Artist
Chipmunk (Sony BMG)
Wretch 32 (Ministry of Sound)
Ed Sheeran (Asylum)
Best Female Artist sponsored by Sleek
Jessie J (Island/Lava)
Katy B (Rinse Recordings)
Adele (XL Recordings)
International Artists of the Year
Diddy Dirty Money
Aloe Blacc (Epic)
Best Album sponsored by Corona Extra
Beverley Knight “Soul UK” (Hurricane)
Jessie J ‘Who you are’ (Island/Lava)
Katy B “On a Mission” (Rinse Recordings)
Example “Won’t Go Quietly” (Data)
Adele “21” (XL Recordings)
Joss Stone “LP1” (Stone’d/Surfdog)
Best HipHop Act
Jessie J ”Nobody’s Perfect’
Wretch 32 ft. Example ‘Unorthodox’
Chipmunk ft. Chris Brown ‘Champion’
Dappy ft. Tinchy Stryder ‘Spaceship’
Emili Sandé ‘Heaven’
Vato Gonzalez ft. Foreign Beggars ‘Badman Riddim’
Maverick Sabre ‘Let me Go’
Best Music Video
Chipmunk ft. Chris Brown ‘Born a Champion”
Wretch 32 ft. Example “Unorthodox”
JLS ft. Dev ‘You Makes Me Wanna’ (Epic)
Loick Essien ft. Tanya Lacey (RCA)
Toddla T ft. Shola Ama & J2K “Take it Back”
Yasmin ‘Finish Line’ (Data Records)
Artist of the Year
Toddla T ft. Shola Ama & J2K “Take it Back”
Best DJ 2011
Best Dance Act sponsored by Chelsea Monthly
Calvin Harris ft. Kelis ‘Bounce’
DJ Fresh ft. Sian Evans ‘Louder’
Example ‘Changed the way you Kiss me’ (Data)
Alex Guadino ft. Kelly Rowland (Ministry of Sound)
Martin Solveig & Dragonette ‘Hello’ (3Beat /AATW)
Box Bottom ft. Big Babba ‘Bounce & Boom’ (DJ BB)
Inna ‘Sun is Up’ (3 Beat/AATW)
Dev ‘Bass Down Low’ ft. Cataracs (Island)
Best Radio Station
Best Radio Show
DJ Swerve (Kiss)
Ricky & Melvin (Kiss)
Jenny Francis (Choice)
Sarah Jane Crawford (1Xtra)
Twin B (1Xtra )
Swedish House Mafia
Fraser T Smith
Best R&B Act
For more information go to the official site of the Urban Music Awards