Jay Sean and Panjabi By Nature were the big winners at the unforgettable Lebara Mobile UK Asian Music Awards this year!
America’s favorite new British pop star, Jay Sean walked away with the ‘Best Video’ award for his hit single ‘2012’ featuring Nicki Minaj as well as the Lebara Mobile ‘Best Male Award’. Jay was presented the huge and most desired accolade by friend and ‘Every Little Part of Me’ singer, Alesha Dixon.
Panjabi by Nature, did the West Midlands proud by winning the BBC Asian Network’s and The Official Charts Company inaugural ‘Best Selling British Single’ award for ‘Kaun Nee Jaandah’, along with the hugely successful album ‘Crowd Pleaser’ being selected for the ‘Best Album’ award.
Jay Sean and PBN weren’t the only stars glittering the stage at the Camden Roundhouse! Hosted by BBC Radio 1 and BBC Asian Network presenter Nihal, the show had 17 national and international super stars taking the stage! Pop diva Alesha Dixon, Siva from boy band The Wanted, the original boy band Damage, sultry Mistresses actress Shelley Conn, Spooks star Shahzad Latif, stars of Anuvahood Adam Deacon, Portia Freno, footballers Florent Malouda were just among the few!
“Having been part of the UK AMA’s for many years now, I have seen the industry grow and become stronger and more powerful,” said DJ Nihal. “The UK Asian music scene has progressed incredibly this year and the show plays an integral part in highlighting and celebrating good music and great talent.”
Even though the boys were big winners, there was still tons of Girl Power at the UK AMA’s this year! Glamorous pop princess and ex-Eastenders star, Preeya Kalidas, not only took home the ‘Best Female’ award, but also dazzled audiences with her performance of Urban club banger ‘Cross My Heart’ with grime MC Skepta. She also ‘shimmied’ on stage with H Dhami!
Rumer, the surprise sensation of 2010, received acknowledgment of her amazing rise to fame with the AMA for ‘Best Alternative Act!’ Described as having a “voice like chocolate” the starlet mesmerized audiences with a beautiful performance of her new single ‘Thankful’ which was recently released. Of course, how could we forget the sweet Punjabi queen, Miss Pooja! Her Bhangra collaborations really captured the hearts of her British fan who voted her “Best International Act!”
Check out the full list of winners from the AMA’s!
- Lebara Mobile Best Male Award: Jay Sean
- Asian Woman Magazine Best Female Award: Preeya Kalidas
- RWS Best Desi Act: Jaz Dhami
- State Bank of India Best Video Award: Jay Sean – 2012
- Ask Sharmila Best Album Award: Punjabi By Nature
- Jaguar Cars Best Urban Act: Mumzy
- Pride of Asia Best Alternative Act: Rumer
- Anaya London Best Club DJ: DJ Kayper
- UK AMAs Best Radio Show: Bobby Friction
- Media Moguls Best Newcomer: Jernade
- Shaadi.com Best International Act: Miss Pooja
- Tilda Rice Best International Album: DJ Sanj
- YSLV Best Producer Award: Sukhshinder Shinda
- BBC Asian Network Best Selling British Single: Artist: Panjabi By Nature Track: Kaun Nee Jaandah
- B4U Music Lifetime Achievement Award: Apache Indian
- UK Asian Music Awards Commitment to the Scene Cornershop
Besides the awards there were tons of breath-taking performances that entertained audiences throughout the night. Multi-award winning Danish group, Outlandish, joined the Lebara Mobile UK AMA’s 2011 straight from Denmark and showcased their amazing new tracks ‘Triumph’ and ‘Apun Ke Mafik’. Punjabi vocalist Nindy Kaur entertained the crowd with a collaboration with the hugely talented singer, song-writer and producer, Parichay!
2point9’s latest signing, cutie Jernade Miah showed off his moves performing his debut track ‘Switch Me On’ and Sukshinder Shinda and Labh Janjua added some Desi flavour to the stage! Can’t have an award show with out a little Mumzy in there! The Asian star took to the stage with a UK Urban collective. With ‘Love Drunk’ vocalist Loick Essien, East London based MC, Griminal, Brazilian born English rapper, Aggros Santos and British RnB singer-songwriter, Junior in tow, Mumzy and Co. delivered a ground-breaking performance.
The evening started and ended with the legendary reggae artist, Apache Indian who kicked off the night with a medley featuring three of his greatest tracks ‘Movie Over India’, ‘Arranged Marriage’ and ‘Boom-Shack-A-Lack’ proving that old is truly gold. Apache Indian broke the mould over 20 years ago as the first Asian artist to break the mainstream charts. Last night saw Apache receive credit and homage for his truly inspiring and amazing career as he received the ‘B4U Award for Lifetime Achievement’.
After intense public voting, the much awaited 9th UK AMA’s was a spectacular show that showcased not only talent but diversity as well. From glittering star arrivals on the blue carpet to the with electric performances that amazed audiences, this year’s AMA’s set up some high expectations for the years to come.
“This year the show has really set the standard for many more shows to come. We have received a great deal of support from all the sponsors and the media who believe in the UK AMA’s and want it to gain the recognition it deserves,” said CEO and Co-Founder of the UK AMA’s, Abs Shaid. “The calibre of performers, winners and celebrities who attended the show this year has been phenomenal and as the show goes into its tenth year we hope it continues to go from strength to strength…bring on 2012!”
*All Photography credit goes to Alpesh Rabadia.com