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Urban Music Awards
LocationLondon, England, United Kingdom, Europe; France, Europe; New York City, United States of America; Africa; Asia

The Urban Music Awards (UMA) is a hip-hop, R&B, dance, and soul music awards ceremony launched by Jordan Kensington in 2003 and now held in several countries.[1]

The US version of the award ceremony, the Urban Music Awards USA, was launched on 7 July 2007 at Hammerstein Ballroom, hosted by Foxy Brown and Spragga Benz, with award winners including Adele, Danity Kane, Jay Z, Grandmaster Flash, Sean Paul, Beyoncé, Bobby V, Enrique Iglesias, Rihanna, Lupe Fiasco, Mary Mary, Amy Winehouse, Leona Lewis, and Chip.


The Urban Music Awards recognise the achievement of urban-based artists, producers, club nights, DJs, radio stations, record labels and artist from the current R&B, hip hop, neo soul, jazz, and dance music scene.

The winners are selected by an online public vote.

The Urban Music Awards in USA[edit]

Jay Z Winner of Urban Music Awards

The 2009 Urban Music Awards were held on 17 July 2009 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City and returning to London on 1 November for the UK version of the show.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10] The 2009 return was covered by major international press, including OK! Magazine, the Daily Express, and the Insider.[11][12][13] 2009 also saw the launch of the Best Asian Act category to celebrate artists and musicians of Asian origin, which was widely covered within the Asian media worldwide.[11][14][15][16][17][18][19]

Categories Winners
Artist of the year Akon
Best Album Kanye West, 808’s Heartbreak
Best Gospel Act Kirk Franklin
Best International Latino Act Enrique Iglesias
Best Music Video Rihanna, "Rehab"
Best R&B Act Bobby V
Best DJ 2009 Funkmaster Flex
Best Radio Station Hot 97
Bet TV show Harlem Heights
Best HipHop Act Jay Z
Best Magazine HipHop Weekly
Best Male Act Bobby V
Best Collaboration Ron Browz ft. Jim Jones & Juelz Santana, "Pop Champagne"
Best Female Act Rihanna
Best International Reggae Act Mavado
Best Producer Swizz Beatz
Best Single Kid Cudi, "Day & Night"
UMA Living Legend Award KRS-One
Lifetime Achievement Award Grandmaster Flash

2003: 1st Year[edit]

The awards took place in Hammersmith Palais. [20]

Catégories Winners
Best Hard Dance Artist/Producer Kevin Energy
Best Hard Dance DJ Alex Somers
Best House Act/DJ Carl Cox
Best Garage Act Sponsored by PureGarage.com Heartless Crew
Best Drum & Bass Act/DJ Uncut
Best Underground Producer Sticky
Best Reggae Act X
Best Breakthrough-Most Inspiring Act Sponsored by Invincible Magazine Dizzee Rascal
Best Independent Record Label Sponsored by Invincible Magazine Soul 2 Soul Recording
Best HipHop Act Sponsored by HipHop Connection Blak Twang
Best Club/Radio DJ Sponsored by UKPCDJ.COM x
Best Club Night Sponsored by RedBull Smoove
Best Underground Breakthrough DJ Sposored by Diffusion PR Misstress Barbara
Best Nu-Soul Act Sponsored by Soul Trade Terri Walker
Best Crossiver Chart Act Sponsored by Mecca USA Jaimeson
Best Radio Station Flava FM
Best Underground DJ DJ Jollie
Best Compilation The Mixologists
Best Unsigned Act Sponsored by Xtreme Talent Transformerz


The awards took place at the Barbican.

Categories Winners
Best Hip Hop Act Klashnekoff
Best Crossover Chart Act Lemar
Best Nu-Soul Act Rhian Benson
Best Album TY, Upwards
Most Inspiring Act 2004 Estelle
Best Garage Act Wiley
Best Newcomer Kano
Best UK Radio DJ Ras Kwame
Best Jazz Act Soweto Kinch
Best Club Night The Jump Off
Best Underground Producer Jon E Cash
Best Drum & Bass Act DJ Dillinja & Lemon D
Best R&B Act Gemma Fox
Best Gospel Act Raymond&Co
Best Underground DJ The Mixologist
Best Underground Radio Station Bassline FM
Best Independent Record Label jetstar
Best Compilation Split Mics
Best Music Video Lethal Bizzle
Best Hard Dance DJ Hixxy
Best Hous DJ Louie Vega
Best Street Dancer Nexus Boys
Best Unsigned Act 2004 Lee Henry
Outstanding Achievement Award Beverley Knight


The venue was Wembley Arena

Categories Winners
Best Website 2005 www.promotioncity.co.uk
Best Entrepreneur Marcus Miller
Best Magazine Touch Magazine
Best UK Reggae Act/DJ Maxi Priest
Best HipHop Act 2005 Skinny Man, “I’ll be surprised”
Best Crossover Chart Act Raghav “Angel Eyes”
Best Neo-Soul Act Terri Walker
Best Album Roll Deep, In At the Deep End
Most Inspiring Act 2005 in association with invinciblemag.com Tubby T, “Ready She Ready”
Best Newcomer 2005 Sway Dasafo, “Flo Fashion”
Best Garage Act Lethal B, “Against All Odd’s”
Best UK Radio DJ Ras Kwame
Best Jazz Act Courtney Pine
Best Club Night MTV Base Lounge
Bet Underground Producer Dexplicit
Best Drum & Bass Act/DJ Roni Size
Best R&B Act Jamelia, “Thank you”
Best Gospel Act Raymond & Co
Best Underground DJ Smasherelly
Best Community Radio Station Xtreme fm
Best Independent Label BBE Recordings
Best Compilation Union Black
Best Music Video Fusion & guests “Greatest Show”


The awards took place in the Grand Connaught Rooms.

Categories Winners
Best Neo Soul Omar
Best Newcomer Soundbwoy
Best Magazine RWD
Best Hard Dane Act/DJ Doc Savage
Best House DJ Paul Jackson
Best TV Show Chancers
Best Album Lily Allen
Best UK Radio DJ Semtex
Best R&B Act Fun*Damental
Best UK Reggae Act YT
Best Underground DJ Daz
Best Independent Label Relentless
Best Underground Producer Baby J
Best Website Ukmusic.com
Most Inspiring Act Fun*Damental
Best Radio Station Choice FM
Best Club Night Get Down@ Bar Rumba
Best Crossover Chart Act Supafly Inc
Best Jazz Act Soweto Kinch
Best Drum & Bass DJ DJ Hype
Best Entrepreneur Uproar PR
Best Garage Act Doctor
Best Gospel Act Four Kornerz
Best HipHop Act Akala
Best Music Video Nathan, “Cold as Ice”
Outstanding Achievement Award 2006 Omar
Lifetime Achievement Award 2006 Jazzie B


The awards took place in the Grand Connaught Rooms.

Categories Winners
Best Reggae Act Sean Paul
Best Underground DJ Cameo
Best Radio Station Choice FM
Best Jazz Act Courtney Pine
Best Club Night Twice as Nice
Best Neo Soul Act Nate James
Best Garage Act N-Dubz
Best Drum & Bass DJ/Act Shy FX
Best Gospel Act Raymond & Co
Best Independent Record Label Big Dadda Recordings
Best UK Radio DJ DJ 279 (Choice FM)
Best Album 2007 Lemar, Truth about Love
Best TV Show 2007 Popworld (T4/Channel 4)
Best Newcomer 2007 Mr. Midas
Best R&B Act 2007 Nathan
Best HipHop Act 2007 Wiley
Best Magazine Young Voices
Most inspiring Act 2007 Dizzee Rascal
Best Website 2007 Myspace.com
Best Crossover Chart Act Just Jack
Best Producer Davinche
Best Music Video Natalie Williams, "This Girl"
Best Entrepreneur 2007 Tim Campbell (BBC1, The Apprentice)


Venue: 02 Arena

Categories Winners
Best Album 2008 Leona Lewis, Spirit
Best Collaboration Estelle ft. Kanye West, "American Boy"
Best Crossover Chart Act Booty Luv
Best Dance Act Wideboys
Best DJ Mister Jam
Best Entrepreneur Lethal Bizzle
Best Gospel Act 29th Chapter
Best Group Roll Deep
Best HipHop Act Sway
Best Independent Label Boy Better Know
Best Jazz Act Adele
Best Neo Soul Act Amy Winehouse
Best Newcomer Chipmunk
Best Magazine Young Voices
Best Music Video Tinchy Stryder ‘Stryderman’
Best Producer Fraser T Smith
Best R&B Leona Lewis
Best Radio Station Choice FM
Best TV Show/Film Nokia Green Room
Best UK Radio DJ Rickie and Melvin
Best Website Myspace.com/thehookup
Most Inspiring Act 2008 Bashy
Lifetime Achievement Award 2008 Mica Paris
Outstanding Achievement Award 2008 DJ Luck & MC Neat
Lifetime Achievement Award Finley Quaye


Location: Wembley Arena

Categories Winners
Best Album 2009 N-Dubz Uncle B
Best Dance Act 2009 (UK & France) Calvin Harris
Best DJ (UK & France) Swerve (Kiss)
Best Group (UK & France) JLS
Best TV Station Flava TV
Best Collaboration Jay Sean ft. Lil Wayne, "Down"
Best Hip Hop Act Sway
Best Music Video K.I.G, "Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes"
Best Radio Station Kiss
Best UK Asian Act R.D.B
Best Entrepreneur Category Levi Roots
Best Newcomer Egypt
Best R&B Act Brick & Lace
Most Inspiring Act 2009 Brick & Lace
Best Jazz Act YolanDa Brown
Best Gospel Act Guvna B
Best Producer Blessed Beats
Best Radio Show James Merritt


Location: Grand Connaught

Categories Winners
Best Album 2010 N-Dubz, Against all Odds
Best Collaboration Tinie Tempah ft. Labyrinth, "Pass Out"
Best Dance Act (Europe) Cascada
Best DJ 2010 Shortee Blitz & DJ MK
Best Gospel Act 2010 London Community Gospel
Best Group 2010 JLS
Best European Act Tal
Best International Act Iyaz
Best Newcomer Tinie Tempah
Best HipHop Act Tinie Tempah
Best R&B Act JLS
Best Music Video Mclean, "My Name"
Best Street Dance Group 2010 Diversity
Best Asian Act 2010 Jay Sean
Best TV Station 2010 4 Music
Best Radio Station Choice FM
Best Radio Show DJ Swerve
Best Producer David Guetta
Outstanding Achievement Award Damage
Lifetime Achievement Award Sade


Location: Porchester [21] [22]

Categories Winners
Best Collaboration Chipmunk ft. Chris Brown, "Champion"
Best Male Artist Ed Sheeran
Best Female Artist Jessie J (Island/Lava)
International Artist of the Year Chris Brown
Best Album Beverley Knight, Soul UK
Best HipHop Wretch 32
Best Single Wretch 32 ft Example, “Unorthodox”
Best Music Video Wretch 32 ft Example, “Unorthodox”
Artist of the Year Wretch 32
Best Newcomer Emeli Sandé
Best DJ 2011 Nikki
Best Dance Act DJ Fresh ft Sian Evans, “Louder”
Best Radio Station Kiss
Best Radio Show Twin B (1Xtra)
Best Producer Benny Benassi
Best R&B Act Emeli Sandé


Location: Grand Connaught [23]

Categories Winners
Best Newcomer Sneakbo
Best Hip Hop Act Sway
Best Female Act Lady Leshurr
Best MusicVideo Rudimental, "Feel the Love"
Best Grime Act Big Narstie
Best Gospel Act London Community Gospel Choir[24]
Best Radio Show Charlie Sloth
Best African/Afro beats Fuse ODG
Best R&B Act Lemar
Best Single Azealia Banks ft. Lazy Jay, "212"
Artist of the year Rita Ora
Best Male Artist Maverick Sabre
Best Group Clement Marfo & The Frontline
Best Collaboration Devlin ft. Ed Sheeran, "Watchtower"
Best Producer Pavilion
Best International Artist Chris Brown
Best DJ Shortee Blitz
Best Album 2012 Rihanna, Talk that Talk
Best Reggae Act Mavado
Best Electronic/ Dance Act DJ Act
Lifetime Achievement Award Norman Jay M.B.E


Location: Grand Connaught[25] [26]

Categories Winners
Best International Act Bruno Mars
Best Album Naughty Boy, Hotel Cabana
Best Radio Station Kiss FM
Best R&B Act Mike Hough
Best Reggae Act Sean Paul
Best Radio Show Charlie Sloth[27]
Best Newcomer Jahmene Douglas[28]
Best Single 2013 Fuse ODG
Best Female Act Laura Mvula[29]
Best Mal Artist Ghetts
Best Hiphop Act Krept & Konan
Best Electronic Dance Act Avicii
Best Group Krept & Konan
Best African/ Afrobeats Act Atumpan
Best Gospel Act Guvna B
Best Music Video Fuse ODG ft. Wyclef, "Antenna"
Best Grime Act Big Narstie
Best Collaboration Fuse ODG ft. Wyclef
Best DJ Shortee Blitz
Best Producer Diplo


Winners for the Urban Music Awards 2014 included:

Categories Winners
Best Female Act Neon Jungle
Best Group Neon Jungle
Best Newcomer Stephanie McCourt
Best Single Nico & Vinz, "Am I Wrong"
Best Crossover Pop Act Nico & Vinz
Best Male Artist Ghetts
Best R&B/Soul Act Debra Debs
Best Hip Hop Act Giggs
Best Radio Show Kojo & Jade (Capital Xtra in the Morning)
Best Collaboration Brookes Brothers ft. Chrom 3, "Carry Me On"
Best Grime Act Big Narstie
Best Producer Splurge Boys
Best International Artist Pharrell Williams
Best DJ Shortee Blitz
Best Album Ghetts, Rebel with a Cause
Best African/Afro Beats Act Mista Silva
Best Gospel Act: ACM Gospel Choir
Best Reggae Act Stylo G
Best Electronic/ Dance Act Clean Bandit
Best Music Video Nico & Vinz, "Am I Wrong"
Best Music Channel Channel AKA
Best Clothing Brand Money Clothing
Best Music PR Company Impressive PR
Best Radio Station Kiss


In 2015 the UMA events returned in London. Over 770,000 votes were received online. The show was hosted by founder, Jordan Kensington and singer/songwriter, Kiera Weathers . The awards included performances from Big Narstie, Kid Army, Kym Mazell, Rough Copy, Kelvin Jones, Chos3n and Young Kings. The UMA official house band, the Dominos provided the backdrop to music performed on stage by Macklemoore and a collaboration of "Ready or Not" by Fugees featuring the hosts. Lady Leshurr won record three awards for UMA Best Music Video 2015, Best Female Act 2015, and Best HipHop Act 2015.[30]

The winners of the 13th annual Urban Music Awards

  • Best Newcomer 2015: Kelvin Jones
  • Best Music Video 2015 : Lady Leshurr ‘Queen Speech 4’
  • Best Female Act 2015 : Lady Leshurr
  • Best Male Act 2015  : Stormzy
  • Best Single 2015 : Wstrn ‘In2’
  • Best Grime Act 2015 : Big Narstie
  • Best R&B / Soul Act 2015  : Shakka
  • Best HipHop Act 2015: Lady Leshurr
  • Best African Act 2015 : Moe Logo
  • Best Reggae Act 2015 : Stylo G
  • Best Jazz Act 2015: Zara McFarlane
  • Best Gospel Act 2015: Chos3n
  • Best Group 2015  : Rudimental
  • Best Radio Show 2015 : Neev ‘Kisstory’ (Kiss)
  • Best Collaboration 2015: Shakka feat. JME ‘Say Nada’
  • Best Producer 2015: Diztortion
  • Best International Artist 2015: Drake
  • Best DJ 2015: Shortee Blitz
  • Best Music Channel 2015: Channel AKA
  • Best Clothing Brand 2015 : Dench
  • Best Music PR Company 2015: Ditto Music
  • Best Radio Station: Colourful Radio


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