The highly anticipated UK Asian Music Awards took place March 10 and now we have the big winners! Though I was unhappy with many of the nominations, I put that aside as the event began. I weighed out the “competition” and mentally decided who I thought should win.
It’s not an ideal world and in the Desi scene apparently we don’t award success or quality, I can’t even say that the prettiest and sexiest were awarded. Let’s say they pick names from a hat. Shall we run through the winners?
Best Selling Single: PBN
The numbers speak for themselves here.
Best Club DJ: DJ Kayper
FINALLY! After years of nominations and no wins, Kayper gets the recognition she deserves.
Best Radio Show: Bobby Friction
I know your show I’ll leave it at that.
Best Alternative Act: Rumer
This feels like the Grammys all over…the response was, “who”?
Best International Act: Miss Pooja
I do love Miss Pooja, but this has been a relatively quiet year for the songstress. As for the competition; Miss Pooja you are light-years away from Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s talent and accomplishments, making him the rightful winner.
Best Desi Act: Jaz Dhami
Congratulations on going into hiding for a year and still managing this win. No new music (till Feb 14), no scandals, no interviews, no real appearances. Now that is skill!
Best Producer: Sukhshinder Shinda
I wasn’t impressed with Shinda’s album and think this should have gone to Aman Hayer.
Best International Album: DJ Sanj “American Desi”
A less than impressive list of nominees was assembled here, I personally prefer Gunjan’s album, but the whole category here was a fail.
Best Newcomer: Jernade Miah
Jernade was my choice for the win; it was between Jernade and Garry Sandhu. Unfortunately there can only be one winner.
Best Video: Jay Sean Ft. Nicki Minaj “2012”
Not going to lie, I can’t remember this video but with the budget Jay Sean has in comparison to the rest of the nominees, it better be the best.
Best Album: Panjabi by Nature “Crowd Pleaser”
From the batch I thought it would be between PBN and Panjabi MC so not too fussed about this.
Best Urban Act: Mumzy Stranger
Mumzy’s album disappointed me and I think it disappointed him too because he is already turning out new tracks from a second album. Menis is always bringing us top quality track, videos, and has branded himself quite well. Mumzy this wasn’t the right win for you.
Best Female Act: Preeya Kalidas
I am entirely confused on this win (let alone nomination). For those who do not know of Preeya, she was an actress on the U.K. program Eastenders who turned her attention to her music career. Preeya signed to Mercury Records and was set to debut with Mumzy on her track and expectation were high. Cutting to the chase, the single sucked and Mercury Records dropped Preeya.
Now tell me how the likes of Preeya Kalidas will beat out not only Kazz Kumar who is fantastic, but M.I.A.? Really?!
Best Male Act: Jay Sean
From the nominees, yes Jay Sean is the best.
Two seperate awards were given and I’m not sure the criteria. First is the Lifetime Achievement Award which went to Apache Indian. From what I gather, Apache talked smack about the UK AMAs in the previous year, but he was the first to perform this year and walked right up to father his award. The next award is for Commitment to the Scene which went to Cornershop. I admire this group’s work, but I’m not sure if this award was appropriately given. Are they considered part of this UK Urban Desi scene?