" It's going to be exciting to see how it goes."
The nominees for the 2011 UK Asians Music Awards were announced at a plush party in the Gatecrasher nightclub in Birmingham. The evening will played host to a number of performances throughout the night from the likes of chart topping Bhangra singer, Foji, hot newcomer Gary Sandhu and reggae artist Roachkilla, alongside pop sensation Mumzy Stranger and Bhangra star H Dhami
The party had the buzz of a music night that waited eagerly to find out who was nominated for the various categories for the 2011 UK Asian Music Awards which will take place on March 31st at The Roundhouse in London, UK.
Mumzy Stranger picked up for nominations on the night for Best Album (Journey Begins), Best Male Act, Best Urban Act and Best Video. The BBC Asian Network had three of their presenters nominated for the Best Radio Show category, Nihal, Noreen Khan and Bobby Friction were all nominated.
After his performance on the night, Mumzy Stranger, said of his nominations: “It feels great to be nominated for another UK Asian Music Award! I spent the majority of 2010 touring the country and making new music for the fans. It’s great to have a platform like the Lebara Mobile UK AMA that recognises and celebrates all the hard work that everyone in the industry puts in. Fingers crossed I pick up an award in 2011!”
Other announcements included Sukshinder Shinda being nominated for the Best Music Producer, Best Male Act, Best Desi Act and Best Album (Jadoo) categories; Jay Sean for the Best Urban Act, Best Video and Best male Act categories; Punjabi By Nature for Best Music Producer, Best Video and Best Album (Crowd Pleaser), and Miss Pooja for Best International Act and Best International Album (Panjaban).
Newcomer to the Bhangra scene, Foji, got two nominations for the categories Best Album and Best Newcomer for his album ‘Dafa Hoja,’ excited about being nominated for Best Album he told BBC Asian Network: “It’s shocking to be honest! To be nominated alongside such names as Shinda and Punjabi MC is amazing. I’m thankful for everyone who’s voted for me.” Talking about the other category he said: “It’s excellent! It’s going to be exciting to see how it goes.”
Female acts with nominations include Bollywood artist Hard Kaur, urban pop star MIA and actress/singer Preeya Kalidas.
Here is the full list of the nominees for the UK Asian Music Awards:
Foji – Dafa Hoja
Mumzy Stranger – Journey Begins
Panjabi MC – The Raj
PBN – Crowd Pleaser
Sukshinder Shinda – Jadoo
Best Female Act
Best Male Act
Best Alternative Act
Best Club DJ
Best Music Producer
Best International Act
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Best International Album
DJ Sanj – American Desi
Gunjan – Goonj: Echoes of Gunjan
Harbhajan Maan – Vaari Vaari
Master Saleem – Jind Mahi
Miss Pooja – Panjaban
Best Desi Act
Shin – DCS
Best Urban Act
Best Radio Show
Bobby Friction – BBC Asian Network
Neev – Kiss 100
Nihal – BBC Asian Network
Nikki Neru – Buzz Asia
Noreen Khan – BBC Asian Network
Jay Sean ft Nicki Minaj – 2012
Juggy D – Panjabi Rockstar
MIA – XXXO
Mumzy Stranger – Fly With Me
PBN ft H Dhami – Gereh Kad Deh
Everyone who follows the UK Asian music scene will be keen to see who will win and award on the Thursday 31st March at the 2011 AMA’s. No doubt in the list above, there are some worthy winners and perhaps some that were very lucky to be nominated this year.