UK Bhangra Awards 2020 Winners & Highlights

The UK Bhangra Awards 2020 recognised singers, producers and the media for their talents. We look at the highlights and all the winners.

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"To complete a hat-trick of UK Bhangra Awards"

The UK Bhangra Awards 2020 took place on December 19, 2020. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the event was broadcast live on YouTube.

Organised by Culture Unite, the event included 25 awards, artist performances and appreciation to key workers.

The occasion brought together Bhangra fans from all communities as the awards represent a lifestyle, tradition and cultural values, which encompass the very souls of British Asians.

The UK Bhangra Awards honoured those within music and the media for their exceptional talents.

Worldwide public voting was instrumental in deciding the eventual winners for this Culture Unite presentation.

In between the awards were live performances from talented musicians and singers.

Chandni Khan hosted the seventh edition of the awards and she stated that every nominee is a winner. She said:

“It’s important to emphasise that every nominee is a winner and on behalf of Culture Unite, I would like to congratulate each nominee.”

Guitarist Pally Matharu opened the awards ceremony with an uplifting performance.

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The first award for ‘Best Publication’ went to The Asian Today.

Chandni then moved onto the second award of the night and explained the importance of the Internet. She said:

“Websites play a massive role in making especially bhangra global.

“Gone are the days where people only listen to music from only their own country but now, through the power of the Internet, websites make Bhangra accessible everywhere and anywhere.”

British Asian publication DESIblitz.com won the ‘Best Website’ award for the third time.

Honoured to win ‘Best Website’, Events Editor Faisal Shafi said:

“We are delighted to win ‘Best Website’ at the first-ever online UK Bhangra Awards 2020.

“To complete a hat-trick of UK Bhangra Awards during Covid-19 is very special. This is a testimony to the hard work and dedication put in by the entire team.”

Managing Director Indi Deol added:

“The Bhangra Awards play an important role in ensuring that the very best in media, music and talent are recognised for their contributions and this year during the pandemic it’s even more important that we do not lose sight of the creative industries and their achievements.
“I want to thank the whole DESIblitz team for their contributions throughout this difficult year and to all our dedicated readers who have voted for us this year to make this our 3rd consecutive year in winning this award!
“This year our music category has seen record numbers of readers and our bhangra focused content has consistently been at the top of the trending section.
“We are extremely thankful that we are being recognised for our efforts and we aim to continue to bring our readers the very best in music-related news and high-quality content.”

Singer Seetal Kaur then gave an entertaining performance.

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Preeti Kular of Ambur Radio won ‘Best Radio Presenter’ while ‘Best TV Presenter’ went to Akaal Channel’s Mohanjeet Basra.

Mohanjeet said on Instagram:

“Thank you guys for voting and supporting me. Without you, winning this award was not possible. Love you all.”

Following an elegant performance by Khushi Kaur, the awards shifted towards music and dance.

‘Best Dhol Artist’ went to three-piece band Bhangra Smash Up. ‘Best Dance Group’ was won by Dance Bhangra who offer bespoke traditional performances both nationally and internationally.

Renowned singer Shin Hayer was the recipient of ‘Best Music Producer’. The artist is known for delivering tracks like ‘Teri Photo’ and ‘Phit’.

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Violinist and pianist Emily Marina was named ‘Best Musician’ and said on Facebook:

“Ekkkkkkkkkk can’t believe I won!!! Really didn’t think I would! Huge thank you to all those who voted for me!!!”

‘Best Male Singer’ went to Tariq Khan Legacy while ‘Best Female Singer’ was won by Roma Sagar.

Canadian artist Luv Randhawa won ‘Best International Artist’. He expressed his gratitude on Twitter:

“We won! Can’t believe it! Respect, too all my peers, All are amazing! Contributions to this amazing industry, of ours, are brilliant!”

The UK Bhangra Awards 2020 for ‘Best Urban Artist’ was jointly won by Back2Back and Ruby Akhtar.

Towards the end of the ceremony, viewers got to see a collaboration between singers Seetal Kaur and Jinder Jade, who both individually performed earlier during the show.

The ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award was a highlight of the show and it went to Anjan Group. The band has had a long career which goes back to the 1960s.

Award winners Bhangra Smash Up and singer Jeet Kaur rounded off the performances for the night.

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The full list of winners at the UK Bhangra Awards 2020:

Best Publication
The Asian Today

Best Website
DESIblitz.com

Best Bhangra Fitness
Bounce Bhangra

Best Radio Presenter
Preeti Kular (Ambur Radio)

Best TV Presenter
Mohanjeet Basra (Akaal Channel)

Best Online Mela
Middlesborough Mela

Best DJ Roadshow
DJ Nav Entertainments

Best Dhol Artist
Bhangra Smash Up

Best Dance Group
Dance Bhangra

Best Songwriter
Balbir Bhujhangy

Best Music Producer
Shin Hayer

Best Musician
Emily Marina

Best Band
The Legends Band

Best Record Label
DESIbel Media

Best Video Producer
Director Whiz

Best Music Video
Gurj Sidhu – Kill Goriye

Best Single
Bobby Saver featuring KL Beats – Ve Sardara

Best Album
Shaan & Verinder – Inspired

Best Urban Artist
Back2Back
Ruby Akhtar

Best Newcomer
Justin Mall

Best Male Singer
Tariq Khan Legacy

Best Female Singer
Roma Sagar

Best International Artist
Luv Randhawa (Canada)

Special Contribution Award
Jin & Seetal
Masala Bhangra
Ravneet Kaur

Lifetime Achievement Award
Anjan Group

Chandni congratulated the winners once again and thanked organiser Bobby Bola, of Culture Unite, for making the online event possible.

She also expressed her wish for a live show in 2021.

Meanwhile, DESIblitz would like to extend our congratulations to all the winners of the UK Bhangra Awards 2020.

Watch the Awards Ceremony

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Dhiren is a journalism graduate with a passion for gaming, watching films and sports. He also enjoys cooking from time to time. His motto is to “Live life one day at a time.”