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Tinie Tempah leads Urban Music Awards nominees (2010)

Urban Music Awards

Story by Jack Foley

TINIE Tempah leads the nominees for the forthcoming Urban Music Awards (2010), having received a record four nominations.

The recent chart-topper is shortlisted for Best Newcomer, Best Collaboration with his single Pass Out, Best Hip Hop Act and Best Music Video for the single Frisky.

The South London rapper, who recently signed a deal with EMI/Parlophone, commented: “I’m extremely excited to be nominated for this year. It’s like a dream come true. The Urban Music Awards has always been the breaking ground for artists worldwide and i have always wanted to be at the UMA’s.

“Thanks to all the fans who nominated me and i can’t wait till the show in September.”

The Street Dance Category which was first introduced in 2006 and won by Britain’s Got Talent stars, Flawless, makes a welcome return with nominees including Diversity, Flawless, Plague, Status and Boyblue.

Alexandra Burke continues her 2010 success by grabbing three nominations, for Best Album, Best Collaboration and Best Music Video for her chart topping single All Night Long with US artists Pitbull.

And pioneering group Faithless are set to receive the Outstanding Contribution to Dance music, while the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award winner will be announced at a pre-awards show launch party on July 14.

The Urban Music Awards were launched in 2003 at a time when there was no support for the UK music scene.

The UMA’s invested millions in the UK urban music scene, celebrating, awarding, nurturing, and encouraging artists who have become household names today.

Founder of Urban Music Awards, Jordan Kensington, said: “In 1999, it was a hard task convincing sponsors, media, and labels and booking agents to showcase UK urban music. There was virtually no other awards show prepared to support UK urban artists.

“All awards shows had a more US biased agenda. We risked it all on the belief that if everybody fails to see the quality of our acts, we would work our hardest to make sure the scene got the recognition it deserves and now it’s finally paid off. UK urban music is now the most popular music genre.

“Acts that were discovered at the UMA’s are now household names. I am truly proud of our achievements but our work is not yet over as our plans are to engage and connect UK artists with opportunities in Europe and beyond.”

Music fans who have nominated for all the categories will get to decide by voting on who gets to win a prestigious UMA award. The awards ceremony will take place on September 18, 2010

The full list of nominees for the 8th annual Urban Music Awards 2010…

Best Album 2010
Jay Sean, All or Northing
Plan B, The Defamation of Strickland Banks (Atlantic)
Chipmunk, I Am Chipmunk
N-Dubz, Against all Odds (AATW/UMTV)
Alexandra Burke, Overcome (Syco Music)
JLS, jls [Epic]

Best Collaboration
Chipmunk ft. Esmee Denters, Until You Were Gone (Jive)
Taoi Cruz featuring Kesha, Dirty Picture (4th & Broadway)
Professor Green ft. Ed Drewett, I Need You Tonight [Virgin]
Alexandra Burke ft. Pitbull, All Night Long
Tinie Tempah ft Labyrinth, Pass Out (Parlophone)
Roll Deep feat. Jodie Connor, Good Times

Best Dance Act (Europe)
Faithless, Not Going Home [Nates Tunes]
Pendulum, Propane Nightmares [Warner Bros]
DJ Zinc ft. Ms. Dynamite, Wile Out [Zinc Music]
TC, Where’s My Money [D Style]
Cascada [AATW/UMTV]
Calvin Harris [Columbia)

Best DJ 2010
Swerve [Kiss]
Semtex [1Xtra]
Masterstepz [Choice]
Shortee Blitz & DJ MK [Kiss]
MistaJam [1Xtra]
Manny Norte [Kiss]

Best Gospel Act 2010
Victizzle (Right Way Music Ltd)
Blush UK
Jahaziel
Muyiwa
London Community Gospel Choir
GK Real
DTWG

Best Group 2010 (Europe]
La Fouine [Jive/Epic France]
Roll Deep [Virgin]
GK Real
JLS (Epic)
N-Dubz
Pendulum (Earstorm}

Best European Act
Imro Select (Netherlands)
Thierry Cham (France)
La Fouine (Jive/Epic France]
Amel Bent (France)
Maika (France]
Tal (Sony Music France)
Ms. Platinum (Germany)

Best International Act
Nneka (Africa)
Black Eyed Peas (USA]
Iyaz [Reprise] Trinidad
Jason Derulo [Warner Bros.]
K’Naan [Africa]
BOB ft Bruno Mars (USA)
Rihanna (Barbados/USA]

Best Newcomer
Tinie Tempah
Mclean [Asylum]
Steve Hoang
Aggro Santos
Lady Ny
Professor Green

Best Hip Hop Act (Europe]
Ken Ring (Sweden]
Roots Manuva [UK]
Foreign Beggars (UK)
La Fouine (France]
Tinie Tempah (UK)
Professor Green (UK)

Best R&B Act (Europe)
Willy Denzy (France)
Amel Bent [France]
Jay Sean [UK]
JLS (UK]
Stevie Hoang [UK]
Tal (Sony Music France]

Best Music Video
Steve Hoang, No Coming Back
Craig David, One More Lie/Standing in The Shadows
Alexandra Burke ft. Pitbull, All Night Long
Mclean, My Name
Skepta, Badboy
Tinie Tempah ft. Labyrinth, Frisky

Best Street Dance Group 2010
Flawless
Diversity
Plague
Status
Boyblue

Best Asian Act 2010
Steve Hoang
Imran Khan
Jay Sean
M.I.A
Jaz Dhami
Mumzy Stranger

Best TV Station 2010
Flava TV
Channel AKA
4 Music
Kiss TV
Chart Show TV

Best Radio Station
Kiss 100
Capital fm
Choice fm
Galaxy Digital
1Xtra
Smooth Radio

Best Radio Show
Ricki & Melvin [Kiss]
DJ Swerve [Kiss]
Twin B [1Xtra]
Fabio & Grooverider [Radio 1]
Jenny Francis [Choice]
Max [1Xtra]

Best Producer (Europe)
Labyrinth (UK)
David Guetta (France)
Red 1 (Sweden)
Chase & Status (UK)
Fraser T Smith (UK)

Vote for all nominees from June 1 until August 1, 2010 at www.urbanmusicawards.net