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R’n’B SUPERSTAR JAY SEAN STORMS THE LEBARA MOBILE UK ASIAN MUSIC AWARDS 2010
Royal Festival Hall, London, 11th March: Last night saw a host of British Asian, Urban and International talent come together to celebrate what has been a phenomenal year for the British Asian music industry.
The night belonged to Brit Asian star Jay Sean, who cleaned up all four of his nominations to pick up the Best Male, Best Album, Best Video and Best Urban act awards.
The night capped a prolific year for Houslow-born Sean, who shot to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 last year, becoming the highest selling British artist in America since Elton John.
Hosted by BBC Asian Network’s Bobby Friction and Bollywood actress Sophie Choudry, the Lebara Mobile UK Asian Music Awards (UK AMAs) saw spectacular performances from a variety of talent from across the globe including Dutch ‘desi’ Imran Khan, Universal’s latest dance diva Jaya, rising Urban star Mumzy Stranger, Bollywood superstars RDB, Bhangra heartthrob Jaz Dhami and the legendary Talvin Singh.
An exciting mix of celebrities graced the Lebara Mobile ‘Blue Carpet’ including world champion boxer Amir Khan, number one rappers Chipmunk & DJ Ironik, Eastenders star Preeya Kalidas, award winning director Gurinder Chadha (‘Bend It Like Beckham’, ‘It’s A Wonderful Afterlife’), actors Jimi Mistry (‘The Guru’, ‘2012’) & Hari Dhillon (‘Holby City’), Manish Bhasin (‘Match of the Day’), American Idol finalist Anoop Desai and the Sugababes, who also set the stage alight with a very special performance.
Lebara Group CEO. Ratheesh Yoganathan said: "Lebara are delighted to be sponsoring and supporting the UK Asian Music Awards. This event was a true celebration of how far the Asian community has come in the UK. Lebara strives to be a pillar for the communities it serves, and supports this event in the knowledge that together, we are providing a platform for future artists to showcase their skills and talent. The ethos of the Awards has great synergy with what Lebara stands for, and its roots within the Asian community both in the UK and across the globe.”
UK AMA CEO & Co- Founder, Abs Shaid said: “Year on year we are making sure we provide a cutting edge event to acknowledge the contribution of Asian artists in the UK. This year has seen us return to the prestigious Royal Festival Hall and welcome a new title sponsor in Lebara Mobile.
This year Asian artists will continue to make ground breaking moves in this country and abroad and the UK AMA will keep supporting and recognising their achievements.”
Now in their eighth year the Lebara Mobile UK AMAs have grown from strength to strength and have this year formed new partnerships with radio partner BBC Asian Network and title sponsor Lebara Mobile, as well as strengthening an existing relationship with global broadcast partner B4U Music.
Best Album Jay Sean – All Or Nothing
Best Female Act Amar
Best Male Act Jay Sean
Best Alternative Act Natasha Khan (Bat For Lashes)
Best Club DJ DJ H
Best Newcome r JK
Best Producer Sukshinder Shinda
Best International Act Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Best Desi Ac tImran Khan
Best Urban Act Jay Sean
Best Radio Show Nihal – Radio 1
Best Video Jay Sean – Down
Best International Album Miss Pooja – Romantic Jatt