2020 Urban Music Awards winners announced

Sara Kensington
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The 17th anniversary of the Urban Music Awards took place on the 14th of February 2020 and it was a huge success. Beginning at 6:30pm with a range of celebrities from the world of music, television, sports and film walking the red carpet. The awards show which celebrated 17 years of an awards show that was born to support 100% British talent and now has expanded with versions in the USA, Caribbean, and more saw four new categories included to showcase all the territories that had now grown a huge community of urban music fans. From South America all the way to Asia, there were representatives from all across the globe. The awards show on Friday (14th of Feb.2020) was hosted by UMA Founder Jordan Kensington , BBC 1 Apprentice winner, Sian Gabbidon and award winning Dancer/Choreographer, Sherrie Silver.  Amazing performances from Kate Stewart,IDMC, Neo soul legend Omar, Egypt, DANEX, and many more. AJ Tracey dominated proceedings winning a record three awards for Best Album, Artist of the Year UK and Best Single for “Ladbroke Grove”. 

Since 2003, the UMA’s historically were the first known music awards show to open up the nominations/voting process for music fans to nominate and vote for their favourites in all our categories. This year (2020), the academy received over 3.5 million music fans nominating online.
The artists/producers/organisations with the highest nominations are automatically shortlisted and the public are given the chance to vote for the winners in all respective categories for the 17th annual Urban Music Awards sponsored by Dechavel.

For 17 years, the Urban Music Awards has not just changed the face of music worldwide as we know it. But, has changed lives, made unknown genres started in pirate stations, council estates, to become worldwide recognisable genres. From Garage to Dubstep, Sublow, to Drum & Bass, Grime, to Bassline, Reggae, to Afrobeat, the UMA’s has been through all the changes and more. Important is the future of young talent who need a platform to nurture their talent, learn the craft, study the inside outs of the business, learn about finance and most importantly learn about how to build a sustainable career in music.

Winners of the 17th Annual Urban Music Awards 2020 below

Best Single sponsored by Santa Ana

AJ Tracey “Ladbroke Grove”

Best Newcomer


Best Female Act

Kara Marni

Artist of the Year (UK) sponsored by Dechavel

AJ Tracey

Best Grime Act


Best Album

AJ Tracey “AJ Tracey”

Best Male Act sponsored by Tribe All

AJ Tracey

Best Radio Show

Shortee Blitz & DJ MK ( Kiss 100)

Best Producer

Da Beatfreakz

Best Entertainer


Artist of the Year Africa – Sponsored by Godgiven Talent

Burna Boy (Nigeria)

Hip hop Act


Best Podcast

The Receipts Podcast

Best DJ


Best Singer/Songwriter


Best Record Label

Merky Records

Best Jazz Act

Ezra Collective

Best Gospel Act

Guvna B

Artist of the Year (Caribbean)

Sean Paul (Jamaica)

Artist of the Year (France)

Aya Nakamura

Artist of the Year (Asia)


Artist of the Year (South America)

Bad Bunny

Best Radio Station

BBC 1Xtra

Best Group


Artist of the Year (USA)

Chris Brown

Best Music Video

Mabel “Don’t Call me Up”

Best Nightclub

O Beach Club (Ibiza)

Best Artist Manager

Andy Varley

Best Music Festival

Wireless Festival

Best Publicist

Louise Mayne (We care a Lot PR)

Best Booking Agent

Obi Asika (Echo Talent)

Best Online Music Platform


Plans on the way for the 18th anniversary of the Urban Music Awards taking place on the 14th of February 2021. If you would like to get involved as a sponsor or official brand partner. E-mail: sean.fuller@urbanmusicawards.net
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