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Nominations for the 14th annual Urban Music Awards 2016 are announced..


UK, London, (Oct, 19, 2016) – Nominations for the 14th annual Urban Music Awards © were announced today by the UMA Academy and reflected one of the most diverse and exciting years for British and international music talent. UMA past winner and 2005 alumni, Craig David has had an amazing success story. His comeback was felt globally with music fans nominating the singer/songwriter in a record x5 categories- Best Single (for ‘When the Bassline Drops’ ft. Big Narstie), Best Male Act, Best Pop Act, Best R&B Act, Best Album (for ‘Following my Intuition’).

It has been an equally successful year for the Knowles family as the sisters both scored a historical number 1 album in the same year. Beyonce (who released her album ‘Lemonade’ earlier this year) and Solange Knowles (who recently released her debut album ‘A Seat on the Table’) make history as the second siblings since Michael & Janet Jackson to achieve a number 1 album in the same year. They are also the first siblings to be nominated in the same category at the UMA’s. Both go head to head in the Best International Act category.

Solange Knowles, ‘A Seat At The Table’ is also nominated for Best Album alongside Laura Mvula  for  ‘The Dreaming Room’Giggs  for ‘Landlord’, Kano for  ‘Made in the Manor’, Michael Kiwanuka for ‘Love & Hate’, Skepta for ‘Konnichiwa’ and Craig David – for ‘Following My Intuition’

President/Founder of the Urban Music Awards and UMA Academy worldwide, Jordan Kensington commented “The talent especially here in the UK has been incredible this year. When you look at the trend worldwide, urban music has well and truly become the new popular music with hundreds of artists becoming households names, domestically and across other territories and this trend is only set to become much more prominent in the future. We are very proud with the work the UMA Academy has done and continues to do, to open the doors globally for talented artists, producers and songwriters worldwide”.

Since 2003, the UMA’s historically were the first known music awards show to open up the nominations/voting process for music fans to nominate and vote for their favourites in all our categories. This year (2016), the academy received over 892,000 music fans nominating online. The artists/producers/organisations with the highest nominations are automatically shortlisted and the public are given the chance to vote for the winners in all respective categories for the 14th annual Urban Music Awards sponsored by VooVix.

This year’s title sponsor is VooVix. A platform which in cooperates  VideoAudio and Photography . It has been described by CNN as “The Lovechild of Youtube, Instagram and Soundcloud” and this year’s UMA’s will be broadcast live on VooVix to millions of viewers on the 26th of November, from 6.30pm GMT.

The UMA’s have always been used as a vehicle to champion great charitable causes partnering with organisations such as, Unicef,  WarChild and Save the Children. This year the academy has launched #UMAforCalais which will see much needed funds raised for the Syrian Children facing tough conditions in Calais. During the month of December, the academy will be taking 10 artists over to Calais with food, clothes, and more to perform a mini #UMAforCalais concert for the refugees in Calais. All will be filmed for our documentary #UMAforCalais – The Children of Calais which will be broadcast on VooVix.

Voting for the 14th annual Urban Music Awards is currently live. To Vote go to;

Full list of UMA 2016 nominees:

Best Album

Laura Mvula ‘The Dreaming Room’

Giggs ‘Landlord’

Kano ‘Made in the Manor’

Michael Kiwanuka ‘Love & Hate’

Skepta ‘Konnichiwa’

Solange Knowles ‘A Seat At The Table’

Craig David ‘Following my Intuition’


Best Pop Act sponsored by VooVix

Zara Larsson


Craig David

Digital Farm Animals

Anne Marie



Best International Act  sponsored by VooVix

French Montana

Solange Knowles

Chance the Rapper


Party next Door


Tory Lanez

DJ Khaled

Kanye West


Best Producer

The Chainsmokers

Clean Bandit


Cheat Codes

Beat Butcha

Naughty Boy


Jonas Blue


Best DJ  sponsored by Phonaudio


DJ Fresh

Calvin Harris


Tim Westwood

Manny Norte


Kenny Allstar

Melody Kane

Shy FX


Best Radio Show sponsored by Phonaudio

Maya Jama (Rinse FM)

Vick Hope (Capital XTRA)

Emerald (Rinse FM)

Rickie, Melvin & Charlie (Kiss FM)

Neev (Kisstory – Kiss FM)

Yinka (Capital XTRA)

Charlie Sloth (BBC 1Xtra)

Rude Kid (Kiss FM)

Ras Kwame (Capital XTRA)

Not for the Radio

A.Dot (BBC 1Xtra)


Best Grime Act


Big Narstie






Best Gospel Act

Chris Tomlin


The Cokers – I Am Persuaded

Ekklesia – Where You Are

Bobby Bovell featuring Dennis Bovell – Love Love (Kriswontwo Remix)

Lecrae – All I Need Is You

Guvna B ft Beleaf – Buss It

Wildwood Kin – Warrior Daughter

Annastasia Baker – Fly Again

Muyiwa & Riversongz – Eko iLe

ZAA – Saved By Grace

Twelve24 – #Vivalawldkdz

Hannah – Overwhelming Praise

Purist – None Like You

Evans Ogboi – Shout Hallelujah

Margaret Nana Tandoh – I Turn To You

Aaron T Aaron ft Mike Abdul – I Will Sing Of Your Praise


Best Single

Jorja Smith ‘Blue Lights’

Abra Cadabra feat. Krept & Konan ‘Robbery’ (Remix)

Popalik feat. Stefflon Don (prod. Spanker)  ‘Cho’

Chase & Status feat. Frisco ‘Funny’

Ghetts ‘You Dun Know Already’

M.O ‘Who Do You Think Of’

Drake feat. Kyla ‘One Dance’

Abra Cadabra feat. Krept & Konan ‘Robbery’ (Remix)

Giggs ‘Whippin’ Excursion’

Craig David feat. Big Narstie ‘When the Bassline Drops’

Kano feat. Giggs & Wiley ‘3 Wheel-Ups’

Anne-Marie  ‘Alarm’

Martin Garrix feat. Bebe Rexha ‘In the Name of Love’


Best Male Act


Craig David



Krept & Konan

Tinie Tempah

Section Boyz

JP Cooper

Fuse ODG




Best Newcomer

IV Rox


Jorja Smith

Stefflon Don

Anne Marie

Izzie Gibbs

Denai Moore





JP Cooper

Raleigh Ritchie


Best HipHop Act


Wretch 32

Section Boyz

George the Poet

Little Simz

Jay Prince



Best Reggae Act


Stylo G



Sean Paul




Best Jazz Act


Esperanza Spalding

Moses Boyd

Bill Laurance

Kit Downes

Michael Janisch

Jacob Collier

Cory Henry


Best African Act  sponsored by Mokingo

Tiwa Savage


Yemi Alade


Mista Silva

Fuse ODG



Kwamz & Flava


Best Pop Act  sponsored by VooVix

Zara Larsson


Craig David

Digital Farm Animals

Anne Marie



Best R&B Act  sponsored by VooVix

JP Cooper

Craig David





Izzy Bizu


Zak Abel


Best Female Act


Izzy Bizu

Lady Leshurr

Stefflon Don

Katy B

Laura Mvula


Denai Moore



Best Group



Clean Bandit

IV Rox


Section Boyz


Best Record Label sponsored by

Island Records

Big Dada

Sony Music

Relentless Records


Warner Music

All Around the World


Best TV Channel sponsored by

Link up TV

Grime Daily

Channel AKA

MTV Base


Flava TV


Best Radio Station

BBC 1Xtra

Colourful Radio

Rinse FM

Radar Radio

Capital XTRA

The Beat London



Best PR Company

Urban Dubz

Power PR

Ditto Music

Effusive PR

Stoked PR

Showcase PR

Chilli PR

Wired PR

Concrete PR


UMA Living Legend Award

Mark Morrison

Soul II Soul


Ms. Dynamite

Brand New Heavies

Sister Sledge



Media Accreditation:

Sarah Rodriguez



Celebrity/Artists Liaison:

Orama Saukila




Vik Harb



About VooVix:

The UMA’s past sponsors have included; Footlocker, Coca Cola, Samsung Mobile, Kickers, MAC Cosmetics and more. We are proud to announce our 2016 sponsor, is .  With over 20 million views in its first 2 months of launching VooVix is becoming the new vehicle to drive content directly to consumers.

The platform seamlessly in cooperates  VideoAudio and Photography made by you for you and it also serves as an aggregator of content from around the world. It has been described by CNN as “The Lovechild of Youtube, Instagram and Soundcloud”.  You put yourself in the driving seat. Share, discover, and be inspired. VooVix will be broadcasting the awards ceremony live this year. You can also set a channel for yourself or your artist and upload videos by going to:


About the UMA:

Established in 1999, The UMA Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals dedicated to improving, celebrating, promoting, the success of Soul, R&B, HipHop, Grime, Drum & Bass, Dance, Gospel, Afrobeat music and its makers. Internationally known for the Urban Music Awards or UMA— the awards ceremony was the first music awards ceremony to let music fans decide who got nominated and who won by giving them the power to vote for their favourites. The UMA is also the only award show of it’s kind to host versions of the show in the USA, Africa, and Asia. It is recognized  for musical excellence and one of the  most  groundbreaking and credible brands in music —The UMA Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The UMA Academy, please visit


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