Drinks brand KA and our friends over at urban website GRM Daily have announced a brand new music award ceremony to celebrate and recognise the best of British urban talent called the Rated Awards. The idea was to create a new annual music awards, voted for by the fans, to give recognition to one of the UK’s most vibrant music scenes.
All award categories and a full nominations list will be announced today (17th August), the same day that voting opens. Fans will just need to head to the Rated Awards website here and vote for their winners. All voters over the age of 18 will also be automatically entered into a competition to win tickets to the star studded award show held on 17th September at the Clapham Grand. The awards will see a who’s who of urban music descend into Clapham, ensuring that it will be a night to remember.
Artists confirmed to perform on the night include pioneering East London MCs Kano and Ghetts, as well as Dizzee Rascal collaborator Fekky & fast-rising ‘We Run The Block’ star Bonkaz. With more artists set to be announced to perform shortly, you can be sure of an epic show.
But whist the glitz and glamour of an awards show is all well and good for a night, the longeivity of the scene within the UK is wholly important and GRM Daily co-creator Matt Thorne still doesn’t think urban music is given enough credit, saying:
‘We believe artists in the scene deserve to be recognised amongst their peers. The genre is massively underrepresented, people like to associate with the genre for credibility but no one has taken the punt on representing it properly. It’s time for a real credible award for our culture.’
If you want more info on how to vote for your favourite artists and how you can get yourself down the the awards ceremony on 17th September, keep your eyes on the Rated Awards website here.