"it’s ‘artists’ fans that create the stars"
The UK Asian Music Awards is actively receiving nominations from the public for the 2011 awards celebrating British Asian and international Desi music talent. The event is in its fourth year and voting for each of the categories is now open until 21st January for the 2011 UK Asian Music Awards.
The winners will be announced on 10th March 2011 at a glitzy glam ceremony which will be held at The Roundhouse in Camden, London. After three years at the Royal Festival Hall the show has been moved to this well known music venue which has hosted gigs from the likes of big pop stars Jay Z, Elton John, The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix.
There are fifteen categories for you to choose from for this year’s awards. The categories for the 2011 UK Asian Music Awards are:
- Best Album
- Best Desi Act
- Best Female Artist
- Best Male Artist
- Best Newcomer
- Best Club DJ
- Best Alternative Act
- Best Producer
- Best Urban Act
- Best International Act
- Best International Album
- Best Radio Show
- Best Video
To nominate who you feel is your favourite band or artist for the categories, simply fill an online form here at the official site (the link will open in a new window): UK Asian Music Awards Nomination Vote.
The main event sponsor is Lebara Mobile and Russell Atkinson, Managing Director, Lebara Mobile UK commented at the press launch: “The Lebara Mobile UK Asian Music Awards, play an important role in recognising and celebrating the incredible talent that exists within the Asian community.”
“We’re proud to be continuing our commitment to nurturing new talent and have exciting plans to ensure we give these role models an opportunity to shine.”
Abs Shaid, CEO and founder of the UK AMA’s said: “We have a lot of plans for 2011, and these four major announcements are just the start of the new look for 2011. We’ll make sure that everyone is kept up to speed with news as it happens, but this first stage is all about opening the Lebara Mobile UK Asian Music Awards up to the public and getting them to tell us who they actually think deserves to be nominated. Without their input we have no awards – it’s ‘artists’ fans that create the stars, so we really need to know who they want to put forward! All they need to do is log on to the website and add their recommendations against each category.”
The artists or acts with the highest nomination votes for each category will be shortlisted and compiled as the final nominees for the awards. The qualifying nominees for each category will be announced on Tuesday 1st February 2011 at the Gatecrasher, in Birmingham.
The awards ceremony on March 10th at The Roundhouse, will be hosted by BBC Radio 1 and BBC Asian Network presenter, Nihal and sultry singer and actress Karen David.
Nihal said: “It’s exciting to be a part of this event. I’ve watched the awards grow over the years. This is just the start of what’s to come… bring on March 2011!” Karen said, looking forward to the event: “It’s going to be a great night, with great performances and some well deserving winners!”
This event is an important one for the British Asian music scene because it gives artists and acts the chance to celebrate their hard work and appreciation from their fans. Let’s see who you vote for and feel worthy of winning an award for their singing talent and musicianship.