The nominees for the 2009 UK Asian Music Awards are out and public voting is now in progress. The awards event will be held at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall in London, on Thursday 5th March 2009.
The awards night will hail the achievements of established and newcomer artists of the growing and popular UK Asian music scene. It will cover the many genres of UK Asian music including Traditional Bhangra, Urban Desi, Pop and will also recognise achievements in radio, music video, international artist and DJ categories.
The awards have been improving every year and the team behind them are determined to make them better every year to support Asian music. Abs Shaid, founder and CEO of the UK Asian Music Awards said “2008 is going to be remembered as an enormous year for Asian music. Many artists have enjoyed great success with huge sales both here and abroad. British Asian sounds have featured in Bollywood movies and we’ve even had signings with the USA’s top labels. These are the kind of accomplishments that we want to celebrate; from industry veterans to fresh new unsigned talent.”
Supported by the B4U television Network, the awards are lined up to be a special night of music entertainment. Kevin Rego, Head of Sales and Marketing for the B4U Network said, “This year, we’re gearing up to give the UKAMA’s even more exposure and more repeat showings across the globe.”
The nominations for the awards are as follows.
Jay Sean – My Own Way
Dj H and Rags – Reloaded
Aman Hayer – Groundshaker 2
Nitin Sawhney – London Undersound
Jassi Sidhu – The new adventures
BEST FEMALE ACT
BEST MALE ACT
Shekie ‘n’ Sham
BEST CLUB DJ
Aman hayer – Groundshaker 2
Sukhshinder Shinder – Rambo
Rishi Rich- Sadke Jawa
Tigerstyle- Martyrs and Maharajas
PMC – Indian Timing
BEST URBAN ACT
Shayal ft Genuine
Kray Twins Ft Vee
BEST ALTERNATIVE ACT
Asian Dub Foundation
Fusing Naked Beats
BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT
BEST RADIO SHOW
Bobby Friction – BBC Asian Network
The Mr Kay Show – Club Asia
Ameet Chana – BBC Asian Network
Neev – Kiss 100
Cameo – BBC 1xtra
Dj H & Dj Rags ft Jas Johal – Mar Javan
Raghav ft Redman – My Kinda Girl
Jazzy B – Rambo
H Dhami – Mitran Di Jaan
Kray Twins Ft Vee
BEST INTERNATIONAL ALBUM
Jazzy B – Rambo
Miss Pooja – The Golden Stage
Atif Aslam – Pehli Nazar
Bikram Singh – Tip Top
Gurdaas Mann – Boot Polishan
Taz- Stereo Nation
Every artist with ambition, drive and talent deserves to be recognised for their contribution to their art but many never do. But, making it to the nominees list of for a nomination of any awards event, is an indication that they have been selected from the many. So, this is the nominees list this year and the artists under each nomination are hoping to win. Now, it is down to the public to help the judges decide the winners on the night.
Votes can be submitted for your favourite acts at the UKAMA website (www.theukama.com). Giving recognition to the artists, musicians, producers and directors can only keep Asian music alive in the UK and world-wide. So, vote and give your support for this annual celebration of Asian and desi musical talent.
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DESIblitz.com wishes everyone who has been nominated for the 2009 UK Asian Music Awards all the very best for the night.