Published on October 11th, 2011 | by Denny Armatrading1
Wretch 32 bags 3 awards at the 2011 UMA’s
It was a successful night at the 9th annual Urban Music Awards which took place last night in London. Wretch 32 who was up for a record 6 categories walked away with 4 UMA awards including Best single, Best HipHop Act, Best Music Video, and Artist of the Year. Commenting on his awards Wretch 32 said, “It’s amazing . Last year I was saying I wish i could perform and win an award at the UMA’s and this year I am up on stage collecting 4 awards. This is one of my highlights of 2011”.
The UMA’s took place on the 3rd of October with celebrity guests including David Hasselhoff , Caprice, Matt & Darren Little (Channel 4), Natasha Hamilton, and top performances from US R&B superstar Jeremih and this year’s must sought after HipHop star, Mann ft. 50 cent who performed the hit single ‘Buzzin’ .
The successful awards show also gave a surprise lifetime achievement award sponsored and presented by WOWeeOne to legendary BBC Radio 1 presenter, Tim Westwood for his outstanding contribution to Urban Music . Tim Westwood added “The Urban Music Awards has been the backbone for British urban music in this country and Europe so to receive such an award I am truly touched as this is my first ever UMA and is the biggest ever award for what I do. To know that music fans out there have shown this much love is truly touching. Thanks to the UMA’s”.
Other performers who blazed the stage included Warner music’s latest signing , Clement Marfo & The Frontline who performed their rendition of Dr. Dre’s ‘I need a Doctor’ and their latest single ‘Overtime’ featuring Rap senstation ‘Ghetts’ . Starboy Nathan, Sony Music’s Bluey Robinson, Will and the People, and BMW award winning comedian Jimmy James Jones also graced the stage with their star ability.
The awards show hosted by TV presenter , Tom Pullen who commanded presence and charisma with the long list of celebrities announced the closing performance from the winner of the Best Dance Act category , DJ Fresh ft. Sian Evans who performed one of the biggest hits of 2011, ‘Louder’ to an audience up on their feet and ready to party.
UMA presenter, David Hasselhoff fresh from his stint as judge on Britain’s Got Talent added “It’s great to be here at the Urban Music Awards. Britain has got so much talent and tonight certainly proved it. I particularly love the band Will and the People who definitely were my best act on the night”.
The Urban Music Awards 2011 was sponsored by Corona Extra and WOWee One . London dance and urban Radio station, Kiss picked up Best Radio Station for 2011.
Full list of winners of the UMA 2011 included;
Chipmunk ft. Chris Brown ‘Champion’
Best Male Artist
Best Female Artist
International Artist of the Year
Beverley Knight ‘Soul UK’
Best HipHop Act
Wretch 32 ft. Example ‘ Unorthodox’
Best Music Video
Wretch 32 ft Example ‘Unorthodox’
Best Dance Act
DJ Fresh ft. Sian Evans ‘Louder’
Best Radio Station
Best R&B Act
Britain’s Next Urban Superstar 2011
The Mixup have plenty more interviews for you so stay tuned in the coming weeks as we continue our UMA 2011 behind the scenes look.