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Rita Ora leads nominations for the 10th annual Urban Music Awards 2012
RITA ORA, EMELI SANDÉ, CONOR MAYNARD JLS, AZEALIA BANKS, PLAN B, ADELE RIHANNA, LABRINTH, PROFESSOR GREEN EVA SIMONS, WILL-I-AM & CHRIS BROWN
are all featured among the nominees for THE music awards event of the year!
London: Monday, October 29th 2012
Today, the prestigious European Urban Music Awards announced the nominees for this year’s highly anticipated awards ceremony taking place on December 1st 2012.
Each year, thousands of avid music fans decide the nominees for each of the 21 categories in the event, and it is these fans who will decide the winners for the 10th Annual European Urban Music Awards ceremony.
British born singer- songwriter Rita Ora leads the way with a groundbreaking seven nominations for Best Newcomer, Best Single, Artist of The Year, Best International Artist, Best Music Video and Best Album for her debut self-titled release, ‘Ora’. Rita will go head to head with Scottish-born Emeli Sandé for the Artist of the Year and Best Music Video gongs, while Sandé also racks up nominations for Best Female Act, Best R&B Act and Best Collaboration.
Rising star Eva Simons – who sealed a Number 1 hit this year with ‘This Is Love’ in collaboration with fellow nominee will.i.am – is nominated for Best Newcomer, Best Female Act, Artist of the Year, Best R&B Act, and Best Single. She said of her nomination: “I am thrilled to be nominated and thanks to all the fans for nominating me on the 10th Anniversary of the UMA’s”.
Other nominees include Conor Maynard, with two in the bag for Best Newcomer and Best Collaboration for his single ‘Turn Around’, featuring chart-topping superstar Neyo, while the on-off romance between artists Rihanna and Chris Brown will certainly be the talk of the event as they battle it out for the gong in the Best International Artist category.
Successful British pop group JLS – originally discovered and promoted, prior to the X Factor, by the Urban Music Awards in 2007 – have bagged themselves three nominations for Best Group, Best R&B Act and Best Music Video for ‘Hottest Girl in the World’. The group commented: “The UMA’s supported us when we were unknown. The Urban Music Awards do all they can to promote and invest in talented artists still in their early days of the industry. We are very excited and thankful to be nominated”.
To celebrate the 10th Anniversary, the UMA’s have teamed up with newly-appointed sponsor Zuricom, a PC manufacturing brand, who have created 21 limited edition Swarovski diamond-encrusted UMA Zuricom Tablet PC’s especially for the occasion, worth £2000 apiece. These will be presented to the winner of each Urban Music Award category.
Michael Lee, CEO of Zuricom, states: “It is a special honour to announce a three year sponsorship deal with this year’s ‘European Urban Music Awards’. The UMA’s are a perfect target audience for our product brand and we are proud to be part of this prestigious event.” Past sponsors include Samsung Mobile, Timberland and Kickers.
Additionally, all attendees, nominees and guests of the UMA’s will each receive a commemorative official UMA album, ‘Number 1’ – due to be released on the night of the event – as part of their exclusive goodie bag.
The show will be televised on Sky TV, with show highlights syndicated by license with Invincible TV to over 22 countries worldwide.
Full list of the 10th annual Urban Music Awards nominations are as follows:
(sponsored by Zuricom)
(sponsored by Blueberry Nation)
Eva Simons ‘I Don’t Like You’
Dappy ‘Good Intentions’
Rita Ora ‘RIP’
Public Enemy ‘Harder Than You Think’
Azealia Banks ft. Lazy Jay ‘212’
Professor Green ‘Remedy’
Labrinth ‘Express Yourself’
D’Banj ‘Oliver Twist’
Stooshe ‘Black Heart’
Mosca ‘What You Came For’
Sincere ‘Deja Vu’
Best Female Act
(sponsored by Zuricom)
Artist of the Year
(sponsored by Invincible Radio)
Waka Flocka Flame
Best Male Artist
Best R&B Act
Best Hip Hop Act
Clement Marfo & the Frontline
Krept & Konan
Best Radio Show
Charlie Sloth (1Xtra)
DJ Abrantee (Choice)
Michael & Clara (Kiss)
Mista Jam (1Xtra)
Shortee Blitz (Kiss)
(sponsored by Chelsea Monthly)
Conor Maynard ft. Neyo ‘Turn Around’
Devlin ft. Ed Sheeran ‘Watchtower’
Naughty Boy ft. Emeli Sandé ‘Wonder’
Disclosure ft. Sam Smith ‘Latch’
Wretch 32 ft. Ed Sheeran ‘Hush Little Baby’
Calvin Harris ft. Example ‘We’ll Be Coming Back’
Benga ft. BeBe Black ‘Icon’
Sway ft. Mr. Hudson ‘Charge’
Best Grime Act
Best International Artist
Best Album 2012
Plan B ‘Ill Manors’
Professor Green ‘At Your Inconvinience’
Frank Ocean ‘Channel Orange’
Rihanna ‘Talk that Talk’
Nas ‘Life is Good’
Rita Ora ‘Ora’
Best African/Afro Beats Act
Best Gospel Act
London Community Gospel Choir
New Rivers Choir
Best Reggae Act
Best Electronic/ Dance Act
Best Music Video
Clement Marfo & The Frontline ‘Champion’
Sincere ‘Deja Vu’
Ed Sheeran ft. Devlin ‘Watchtower’
Calvin Harris ft. Example ‘We’ll be coming back’
Rita Ora ‘Hot Right Now’
Rudimental ft. John Newman ‘Feel the Love’
Devlin ft. Wretch 32 ‘Off with their Heads’
Angel ‘Time After Time’
Naughty Boy ft. Emeli Sandé ‘Wonder’
JLS ‘Hottest Girl in the World’
Best Radio Station
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The UMA 2012 Chosen Charity:
The 2012 UMA’s will be raising awareness for ‘The Big Issue Foundation’; a charity that supports the homeless across Great Britain. For more info, please visit: www.bigissue.co.uk
About the Urban Music Awards:
The Urban Music Awards is the NO. 1 premiere R&B, Hip Hop, Soul and Dance Music awards ceremony in the world. The Urban Music awards ceremony is held annually in the USA, UK, France, Caribbean, and Japan with plans to expand to Asia, Dubai and Africa. The Urban Music Awards was born out of the need to build a worldwide awards ceremony to recognise the achievement of urban based artists, producers, club nights, DJ’s, radio stations, record labels and artist from the current Dance/R&B, Hip Hop, Neo Soul, Jazz and dance music scene. Past winners at the Urban Music Awards have included; Beyonce, Rihanna, Jay-Z, Nas, Amy Winehouse, Leona Lewis, Adele, Goldie, Dizzee Rascal, Sean Paul, Beverley Knight, Lemar, Shakira and many more. The Urban Music Awards has established itself as a credible awards ceremony. From its inception all nominations and voting have been left for YOU, the public, to decide! In the past decade, the prestigious awards ceremony has been covered by : The BBC World Service, CNN, MTV, BET, VH1, BBC Radio 1, BBC Entertainment Online, Invincible TV, Evening Standard, The Metro Newspaper, The Independent, The Guardian , Channel 4, CD:UK , London Tonight, Choice fm, New Nation, The Voice, and many more.
For more information, please visit: www.urbanmusicawards.net
Zuricom, was founded in 2008 to develop, design, produce and market the next generation of tablet PC’s and luxury lifestyle gadgets. With headquarters in China and sales offices in the United Kingdom, it manufactures and distributes PC’s, Tablet PC’s and laptops all across Europe, Africa and Asia.
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