The whole UK black music scene came out to celebrate another year of making great music, building progressive teams and moving the black music industry forwards.
JASMINE WITH SPORTS AND CULTURE BRAND CONSOLUTANT PAOLA LUCKTUNG AND HEAD OF SONY/COLUMBIA MUSIC PRESS TAPONESWA MAVUNGA AT THE COLUMBIA PARTY.
Hammersmith Apollo was a road-block hours before the show started as fans and the industry gathered in their finest regalia to celebrate established names and underground names that the GRM DAILY team have been building and growing for years.
STEEL BANGLES AND MICHAEL DAPAAH AT THE RATED AWARDS 2018.
Michael Dapaah, aka Big Shaq, has had an incredible year with the viral sensation Mans Not Hot and, more recently, Man Don’t Dance. Dapaah broke through as the fictional rapper Big Shaq in 2014 with his mockumentary series SWIL. Since then he has gone from strength to strength, with this year being his most prominent in the grime scene.
Michael said: “It’s mad, I just want to thank God for this. You know a couple of years ago we weren’t here and now we’re here – don’t let anyone stop you from what you want to do. Big up to the females in this category and all the other entertainers; big up yourself, this one’s for you”
The ante was truly upped with the Channel 4 presence in the house. The sets looked slick and dynamic, the performances had pyro, smoke shooters, rising stages, a screaming fan-pit flanking the stage and an audience full of celebrities like Naughty Boy being heckling with banter from our hosts MO the Comedian who is hilarious and the sharp and fabulous Julie Adenuga.
HOST JULIE ADENUGA AT THE RATED AWARDS 2018
The big wins of the night were MICHAEL DAPAAH who won PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR AWARD, D DOUBLE E who won THE GRM LEGACY AWARD and NOT3S who won the ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD
Big winners on the night also included D Double E, Not3s and Kenzo, who were just a selection of the exceptional names from the urban music scene honoured in front of thousands of artists and industry players. Presenters included: Tim Westwood, Charlie Sloth, Michael Dapaah, Josh Denzel and more.
GIGGS HAS A LOT TO SMILE ABOUT AFTER AN INCREDIBLE YEAR MAKING AND TOURING HIS MUSIC.
The KA & GRM Daily Rated Awards pride themselves on giving power back to the people, honouring the true heroes of the genre, with all but one category (The GRM Legacy Award, supported by BBC Radio 1 Xtra) voted for by fans. And, in a KA & GRM Daily Rated Awards first, tickets were available for fans to attend the event.
D DOUBLE E AT THE RATED AWARDS 2018.
D Double E took The GRM Legacy Award (supported by BBC Radio1 Xtra). The iconic rapper from Forest Gate, East London has been a huge player in the music industry, with a career spanning over 15 years. He has inspired grime heavyweights Skepta and Dizzee Rascal, as well as countless other MCs who have followed his career from his days with N.A.S.T.Y Crew, to his most recent album Jackuum.
Grime superstar Not3s took home the Artist of the Year Award. His most successful year to date to date, album Take Not3s II was released in July to widespread critical acclaim. Not3s said: “You know this is mad man – big up everyone who was nominated, can’t lie that was a tough one and big up all of you.”
THE LOVELY MAYA JAMA AT THE RATED AWARDS 2018.
Other winners included Fredo who was awarded Mixtape of the Year, whilst Charlie Sloth took home Radio DJ of the Year. Best Video of the Year (sponsored by YouTube Music) went to Rapman and Kenzo was honoured with the KA Get Rated Award. AJ Tracey ft Not3s was presented with the Track of the Year Award (sponsored by PRS for Music) and Nines took home the Best Album of the Year Award for Crop Circle.
BBC RADIO DJ CHARLIE SLOTH TOOK THE BEST DJ AWARD 4TH YEAR IN A ROW.
The awards, now in their fourth year, continue to be supported by prestigious partners who share GRM Daily’s passion for promoting the British urban music scene, with long-time partner KA Drinks returning to sponsor this year’s awards.
GHETTS GOT MAD LOVE FROM GUESTS AFTER HIS SONG BLACK ROSE HAS REALLY CAPTURED HEARTS.
Afterwards most of the stars ended up at the COLUMBIA MUSIC UK party at Under The Bridge in Fulham, where the Hennessy and ginger cocktails were in abundance, the chicken wings and fries energised us for a dance-off until i had to make my polite exit around 1.30am. Outside hundreds of guests were trying to get in to the road block party night. It was BIG.
THE KA & GRM DAILY AWARDS TX ON 7TH SEPTEMBER AT 23:05 ON CHANNEL 4
ONE OF THE MAIN MEN BEHIND THE BRAND GRM DAILY AND THE RATED AWARDS IS POSTY- A MAN WITH VISION, TRUST AND LOVE IN THE BRITISH BLACK MUSIC SCENE.
Confirmed 2018 The KA & GRM Daily Rated Awards Winners:
Breakthrough of the Year – Headie One
Personality of the Year – Michael Dapaah
Album of the Year – Nines
Track of the Year (Sponsored by PRS for Music) – AJ Tracey ft Not3s
Radio DJ of the Year – Charlie Sloth
Video of the Year (Sponsored by YouTube Music) – Rapman
Mixtape of the Year – Fredo
Producer of the Year – Steel Banglez
Artist of the Year – Not3s
The KA Get Rated Award – Kenzo
The GRM Legacy Award (Supported by BBC Radio1 Xtra) – D Double E
NAUGHTY BOY TOOK HIS HECKLING FROM MO THE COMEDIAN IN GOOD SPIRITS.
Performances on the night included:
D Double E
REBECCA JUDD AT THE RATED AWARDS 2018
Daniel Kaluuya & Buck – Breakthrough of the Year
Tim Westwood & Laetysha Grace– Personality of the Year
Eddie Kadi & Manny Norte – Album of the Year
Vee Vee Brown & Yasmin Evans – Track of the Year
Josh Denzel & Kaz Crossley – Radio DJ of the Year
Michael Dapaah & Snoochie Shy – Video of the Year
Dotty & Charlie Sloth – Mixtape of the Year
Maya Jama & Craig Mitch – Producer of the Year
Jessie Lingard – Artist of the Year
Rebecca Judd & Da Beatfreakz – The KA Get Rated Award
Stormzy – The GRM Legacy Award
THE GIRLS WITH UK MC LEGEND BUSHKIN AT THE COLUMBIA PARTY.