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Drake, Beyonce, Stormzy, Chris Brown, DJ Khaled and Central Cee all make the shortlist of nominees for this year’s 19th anniversary of the Urban Music Awards.

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Drake, Beyonce, Stormzy, DJ Khaled and Central Cee all make the shortlist of nominees for this year’s 19th anniversary of the Urban Music Awards.

London 23/01/23, The 19th annual Urban Music Awards (UMA’s) have announced their nominations for the upcoming ceremony, set to take place on February 28th, 2023 at the Porchester Hall in London. The awards will be broadcast live on VooVix TV, who have commissioned the event and will also feature backstage interviews and highlights packages.

The UMA’s are a celebration of urban music and the talented artists within the genre, and this year’s nominees represent a diverse range of sounds and styles. The nominations and voting are conducted by music fans worldwide, providing a platform for fans to have a say in who takes home the coveted awards. Voting is live now at www.urbanmusicawards.co/voting .

In the Best Album category, nominees include Little Simz ‘No Thank You’, Knucks ‘Alpha Place’, Drake & 21 Savage ‘Her Loss’, Kojey Radical ‘Reason to Smile’, Stormzy ‘This Is What I Mean’, Chris Brown ‘Breezy’, Beyonce ‘Renaissance’, DJ Khaled ‘God Did’, Cleo Sol – ‘Mother’, Dave – ‘We’re All Alone in This Together’, M Huncho – ‘Chasing Euphoria’, and Tion Wayne – ‘Green With Envy’. These albums have all made a significant impact on the urban music scene and it will be exciting to see which one takes home the award.

In the Artist of the Year (UK) category, nominees include Central Cee, Mahalia, Knucks, Stormzy, Ms. Banks, A1 x J1, Cleo Sol and Jnr Choi. These artists have all had a significant impact on the UK music scene.

Across the pond, the Artist of the Year (USA) category, nominees include Chris Brown, Beyonce, Lizzo, Drake, DJ Khaled, Cardi B, Coi Leray, GloRilla, Latto, 21 Savage, Megan Thee Stallion, Nicki Minaj, and Jack Harlow .

In addition to the awards ceremony, VooVix TV will also be re-launching it’s flagship reality TV show, “Britain’s Next Urban Superstar,” previously sponsored by Footlocker and broadcast on Flava TV. The show makes is return in 2022 commissioned by VooVix TV with auditions commencing in London on February 13th and the finalists announced at the UMA’s on February 28th.

“The UMA’s at it’s core has always been about mentoring, nurturing and assisting the next generation of artists as well as celebrating the present class of amazing breakthrough talent. 2023 marks 19 years of tenacity, hard work and perseverance. To see the aftermath of urban music becoming the new popular genre worldwide is a huge dream we had 19 years ago. We are both excited and pleased that hard work and consistency paid off” commented Founder and President of the UMA’s, Jordan Kensington

This year’s UMA’s also includes nominations for Artist of the Year Asia, Africa, and more, highlighting the diversity of urban music across the globe. The UMA’s is the only awards ceremony held in 15 countries and to celebrate the 19th anniversary, this year’s ceremony promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

Tune in on February 28th to catch all the action live on VooVix TV.

Find the Full nominations list for the UMA’s below;

Best Producer
Jae5
Nathaniel London
P2J
TSB
Inflo
Young Chencs
Steel Banglez
Conducta
Ayo Beatz
Ragz Originale
LiTek & WhyJay
Quincy Tellem
Venna

Best Collaboration
Fireboy DML & Ed Sheeran – “Peru”
Chris Brown feat. Wizkid “Call Me Every Day”
DJ Khaled feat. Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, John Legend, and Fridayy “God Did”
D-Block Europe feat. Central Cee – “Overseas”
Stefflon Don & Ms Banks – “Dip”
Aitch – “Baby” (feat. Ashanti)
Knucks – “Alpha House” / “Hide & Seek”
Little Simz – feat. Obongjayar “Point and Kill”
M Huncho feat. Headie One – “Warzone”
Pa Salieu – “Glidin’” (feat. slowthai)
Jnr Choi, Sam Tompkins – “To the Moon”

Artist of the Year (UK)
Central Cee
Mahalia
Knucks
Stormzy
Ms. Banks
A1 x J1
Cleo Sol
Jnr Choi

Best Grime Act
Lethal Bizzle
Frisco
P Money
D Double E
Blay Vision
Frisco
Kamakaze
Manga Saint Hilare
Novelist

Best Male Act
Nippa
Karl Benjamin
Willum Maindo
SIPHO.
Nemzzz,
Knucks
Stormzy
Novelist

Artist of the Year ( USA )
Chris Brown
Beyonce
Lizzo
Drake
DJ Khaled
Cardi B
Coi Leray
GloRilla
Latto
21 Savage
Megan Thee Stallion
Nicki Minaj
Jack Harlow

Most Creative Artist
Central Cee
FLO
Stormzy
Coi Leray
Cleo Sol
Drake
Darkoo
Dreya Mac
Ivorian Doll
Miraa May
Ms Banks
Stefflon Don
Saweetie

Best Album
Little Simz ‘No Thank You’
Knucks ‘Alpha Place’
Drake & 21 Savage ‘Her Loss’
Kojey Radical ‘Reason to Smile’
Stormzy ‘This Is What I Mean’
Chris Brown ‘Breezy’
Beyonce ‘Renaissance’
DJ Khaled ‘God Did’
Cleo Sol – ‘Mother’
Dave – ‘We’re All Alone in This Together’
M Huncho – ‘Chasing Euphoria’
Tion Wayne – ‘Green With Envy’

Best Performance in a TV Show
David Adeogun’s ‘Diamond’ (The Voice)
Antonia Edwards ‘When The Party’s Over’ (The Voice)
Flintz and T4lyor ‘Pressure’ (BGT)
Fresh Lapeufra (Rhythm and Flow France)
Linda John Pierre ‘Somebody Else’s Guy’ (BGT)
Big Jest (The Rap Game UK)
Rachel Modest ‘For All We Know’ (The Voice)
Houssbad (Rhythm and Flow, France)
Triniboi Joocie ‘Bottle Over Head’ (The Voice)
Noeva – ‘A Woman’s Worth’ (The Voice)

Artist of the Year Africa
Tems (Nigeria)
Nasty C (South Africa)
Youssou N’Dour (Senegal)
Stanley Enow (Cameroon)
Fireboy DML (Nigeria)
Davido (Nigeria)
Rema (Nigeria)
Angelique Kidjo (Benin Republic)
Burna Boy (Nigeria)
Wizkid (Nigeria)
Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
Libianca (Cameroon)

Best HipHop Act
Kofi Stone
Central Cee
Meekz
Loyle Carner
Ms. Banks
Giggs
Dave
Potter Payper
Little Simz
Fredo

Best R&B Act
Mahalia
Nippa
Tamera
AMARIA BB
Shaé Universe
Karl Benjamin
SIPHO.
Ella Mai

Best Female Act
Tamera
AMARIA BB
Shaé Universe
ENNY
FLO
Mahalia
Raye
Libianca
Ella Mai
Shay

Best Music Video
Mahalia ‘Letter to Ur Ex’
Loyle Carner, “Hate”
Stormzy ‘Hide & Seek’
Headie One, Abra Cadabra & Bandokay “Can’t be us’
Stefflon Don & Ms Banks – “Dip”
Dave feat. Stormzy “Clash”
Benzz – “Je M’appelle”
Russ Millions – “Reggae & Calypso” (feat. Buni & YV)
SwitchOTR – “Coming for You” (feat. A1 x J1)
Pa Salieu – “Glidin’” (feat. slowthai)
M Huncho – Who We Are ft. Yung Bleu
Jnr Choi, Sam Tompkins – ‘To the Moon’

Best DJ
Osocity
DJ Black Coffee
David Guetta
Charlie Sloth
DJ Target
Henrie Kwushue
Kenny Allstar
Manny Norte
Rob Bruce
Sir Spyro
Tiffany Calver

Best Record Label
Neighbourhood Recordings
Island Records
EGA Music
Dave Neighbourhood
Merky Records
Columbia
Republic Records
BMG
Atlantic Records
Warner Records

Artist of the Year (Caribbean)
Sean Paul
Shenseea
Skillibeng
Spice
Kabaka Pyramid
Beenie Man
Buju Banton
Popcaan

Best Jazz Act
Jackson Mathod
Xvngo
Nubya Garcia
Camilla George
Xhosa Cole
Davina Adeosun-Bright, AKA Muva of Earth
Ezra Collective

Best Radio Station
Rinse FM
Capital Xtra
BBC 1 Xtra
Kiss FM
Déjà vu
Beats 1
Westside Radio
Colourful
The Beat London
Vibe 107.6
Pulse 88

Artist of the Year (France)
Aya Nakamura
Kendji Girac
M Pokora
Orelsan
Slimane
Soprano
Niska
Dadju
Imen Es
Vitaa
Wedjene

Artist of the Year (South America)
Bad Bunny
J Balvin
Rauw Alejandro
Karol G
Alvaro Diaz
Boza
Gera MX
Ivan Cornejo
Kevvo
Ovidio Crespo

Best Radio Show
Pretty Hood (The Rap Show) Rinse fm
Nadia Jae (BBC 1Xtra)
Dotty (Beats 1)
Snoochie Shy (BBC 1Xtra)
Charlie Sloth (Beats 1)
DJ Edu – Destination Africa (BBC 1Xtra)
Yinka & Shayna Marie (Capital Xtra)
Ras Kwame (Reggae Recipe)
Kenny Allstar (BBC 1Xtra)
Robert Bruce ( Capital Xtra)
Reece Parkinson (BBC 1Xtra)
Tiffany Calver (BBC 1Xtra)
Joelah & Keke (BBC 1Xtra)

Best Entertainer
Big Zuu
Chunkz
Harry Pinero
KSI
Mo Gilligan
Munya Chawawa
Nella Rose
Specs Gonzalez
Yung Filly
Zeze Millz
Big Narstie

Artist of the Year Asia
Awich (Japan)
Crush (South Korea)
Jin Dogg (Japan)
Heize (South Korea)
Divine (India)
Jace Chang (Hong Kong)
Tosh Rock (Singapore)
Lee Hi (South Korea)
K Clique (Malaysia)
Gaeko (South Korea)
Jackson Wang (Hong Kong)
Yung Raja (Singapore)
Raja Kumari (India)

Best Podcast
Caresha Please
3 Shots of Tequila
Brunch & Bantu Knots Podcast
Seasoned Sessions
Pints of Malt
The Joe Budden Podcast
Hotboxin with Mike Tyson
The Receipts Podcast
Black Gals Livin’
Who We Be Talks
Don’t Alert The Stans
Off The Cuff

Best Group
FLO
Bad Boy Chiller Crew
V9 Collective
Kokoroko
D Block Europe
IDMC
The Spirituals
Ezra Collective

Best Single
Stepz ‘Cramp Dat’
FLO ‘Cardboard Box’
K-Trap ‘Warm’
Central Cee ‘Doja’
Mahalia ‘Letter to Ur Ex’
Loyle Carner, “Hate”
Stormzy ‘Hide and Seek’
Raye ‘The Thrill is Gone’
Bayanni – Ta Ta Ta
Deno ‘Better Now’
LOJAY X SARZ feat Chris Brown ‘Mona Lisa’
Libianca ‘People’

Best Newcomer
Nippa
Tamera
AMARIA BB
ML
Kali Claire
Karl Benjamin
tendai
Akemi Fox
ENNY
Libianca

Best Singer/Songwriter
[ K S R ]
Shaé Universe
Willum Maindo
Reuben James
Debbie
Rasharn Powell
SIPHO.
Lola Young
Priya Ragu
Mahalia

Best Gospel Act
Asha Elia
IDMC
The Spirituals
Tab Worship
Calledout Music
Reblah
Sarah Teibo
Still Shadey
Salient Sound
V9 Collective

Best Online Music Platform
Spotify
Apple Music
Tik Tok
YouTube Music
Tidal
Audio Mack
Deezer
Shazam
Amazon music

Best Viral Breakthrough Song
Ice Spice ‘Munch’
Stepz ‘Cramp Dat’
Saint Levant – Very Few Friends
Bayanni – Ta Ta Ta
Ckay “Emiliana”
Libianca ‘People’
Saucy Santana “Material Girl”
Armani White “BILLIE EILISH”
Lizzo ‘About Damn Time’
Jack Harlow ‘First Class’

Best Drill Act 
Digga D
Headie One
Ivorian Doll
K-Trap
Central Cee
Russ Millions
Unknown T
Kwengface

Most Inspiring Act
Chris Brown
DJ Khaled
Ed Sheeran
Dreya Mac
FLO
Bugzy Malone
Ivorian Doll
Deno
Lizzo

Voting for the 19th annual Urban Music Awards is now live until the 20th of Feb. 2023 @ www.urbanmusicawards.co/voting 

The prestigious awards take place on the 28th of February 2023. Book your tickets now here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/19th-annual-urban-music-awards-2023-tickets-520836013537