On Tuesday 4th September Stars of the UK Urban Music scene turned out to attend the fourth edition of the KA & GRM Daily Rated awards held at Eventim in Hammersmith London. This annual event is a celebration of UK Urban Music Culture and Talent.
The ceremony was co-hosted by the fabulous Julie Adenuga from Apple Music Beats 1 Radio and The Comedian Mo who presented awards throughout the evening.
Artist of the year was given to Rapper Not3s and Fredo won mixtape of the year.
Steel Banglez maintained producer of the year for the second year in a row.
Before the scooping his award he told journalists, “I think we are the unsung heroes in terms of what we do for the artists, I think awards like the MOBO’s or Brits should have producer categories and also songwriter awards as well. Because that’s a big part of tracks coming together. It’s to recognise everyone’s talents so people don’t feel disheartened.”
Grime Legend D Double E took home the well deserved legacy award with a career stretching 15 years, the 37 year old was formerly a member of the Nasty Crew and went on to form the Newham Generals. Previously Skepta has called him the “the greatest of all time” and Dizzee Rascal says he is the inspiration that got him rapping. He recently released his longly anticipated debut album ‘JACKUUM’ available now for purchase or streaming.
Young talent AJ Tracey won best track of the year for ‘Butterflies’ and ‘Crop Circle’ from Nines won Album of the year. Headie took home breakthrough award of the year and the mastermind behind Fire in the booth DJ Charlie Sloth won DJ of the year for the fourth year running.
Giving the crowd life on the night, live performances came from Kojo Funds, Raye, BLK, Giggs, Not3s and D Double E.
Comedian Michael Dapaah the man behind legendary character Big Shaq was honoured with Personality of the Year. On acceptance of his award he told fans “Don’t let anyone stop you from what you want to do”. Not many females were nominated on the night and Michael added “Big up to the females in this category and all the other entertainers, big up yourself, this one’s for you.” Female artist Kenzo was the only winner out of 14 to win an award taking home the KA Get Rated Award.
On the red carpet, Big Narstie commented that it was “100% unfair” that the music genre of drill is being named as the cause behind the increase of violence across London recently. This statement comes after Cressida Dick the UK’s most senior police officer linked the music to the surge of crime and murders across the capital.
Big Narstie went on to say “It’s a scapegoat, isn’t it? If cowboy films started making everyone start shooting guns, would they ban John Wayne? Going back 10 years ago, the only thing a black kid could do to get out of the ghetto was being a sports star! Now we can add music to that, which is a good achievement in itself. Drill has a lot about it buts it’s the truth. Its what’s happening out there. You can’t ask these kids to talk about living in a stable household if they don’t”
This is the first time that the Award Ceremony will be broadcasted on national television and is to be aired live on Channel 4 on Friday 7th September at 11.05pm! Put your reminders on and be sure to catch this special event.
List of Winners:
Breakthrough of the Year – Headie One
Personality of the Year – Michael Dapaah
Album of the Year – Nines
Track of the Year – AJ Tracey ft Not3s
Radio DJ of the Year – Charlie Sloth
Video of the Year – Rapman
Mixtape of the Year – Fredo
Producer of the Year – Steel Banglez
Artist of the Year – Not3s
The KA Get Rated Award – Kenzo
The GRM Legacy Award – D Double E
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