The first ever UEA Awards took place at SWAY in London Sunday night.
The event put together by the founders of ‘Stage It Right’ and Productive Promotions has been devised to celebrate UK Entertainment. With the vast growth of talent emerging, the UK is slowly getting the recognition it deserves mainstream. However, there is a huge list of unsigned and unrecognised acts that are bubbling underground, ready and set to be the next big thing. From dance to film, poetry to producers, the award ceremony is to acknowledge and appreciate the homegrown talents within our community. The voting system was designed for fans of each artist to vote via social media for their act to win, and then shortlisted.
Special guests attended the event and presented winners with their award(s), such as Daddy Ernie, Natalie ‘The Floacist’ and Dean Atta. The Voice newspaper provided media coverage as well as acts and guests, uploading on social media; live performances from Tinyman, Che Lingo, Status, Soloettes and Lurvell, to name a few.
The categories included:
Favorite Male Poet
Favorite Female Poet
Favorite Male Singer
Favorite Female Singer
Favorite Male Hip Hop Artists
Favorite Gospel Act
Favorite Dance Act
Winners of the night included DJ Mr. Play winning International DJ, DoraMartin for Favorite Group Act, Hayley Cassidy for Favorite Female Singer, and even LinkUpTV taking home an award for Best Online Platform.
It was a night not to be missed, although I missed it. And even though a friend was nominated I had no idea when it was taking place, should’ve done my research I guess. I will definitely be in attendance next year though, and unlike The MOBO Awards, which at this point I refuse to discuss, this is exactly what the industry needs, the recognition, the support, the platform. I just hope next year they can get even more funding and even more people supporting. This really could be the next best thing so kudos to everyone involved in pulling this off.
By the way I’ve mentioned a few good names here so be sure to check them out, especially duo DoraMartin, made up of Jermaine Riley and Cherri V.
Were you there? Let us know how you felt about it.