"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.
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:
Singer Seetal Kaur then gave an entertaining performance.
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’.
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.
The full list of winners at the UK Bhangra Awards 2020:
The Asian Today
Best Bhangra Fitness
Best Radio Presenter
Preeti Kular (Ambur Radio)
Best TV Presenter
Mohanjeet Basra (Akaal Channel)
Best Online Mela
Best DJ Roadshow
DJ Nav Entertainments
Best Dhol Artist
Bhangra Smash Up
Best Dance Group
Best Music Producer
The Legends Band
Best Record Label
Best Video Producer
Best Music Video
Gurj Sidhu – Kill Goriye
Bobby Saver featuring KL Beats – Ve Sardara
Shaan & Verinder – Inspired
Best Urban Artist
Best Male Singer
Tariq Khan Legacy
Best Female Singer
Best International Artist
Luv Randhawa (Canada)
Special Contribution Award
Jin & Seetal
Lifetime Achievement Award
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.