The Best Of Birmingham’s Music Talent Scoop 2019 Birmingham Music Awards.
The cream of Birmingham’s music talent and music business turned out for this year’s Birmingham Music Awards at The Mill on 16th May.
This year’s ceremony was brilliantly hosted by BBC Music Introducing WM’s Alex Noble and among the winners were UB40’s Brian Travers who picked up the Brum Bastion Award and Founder of The Move’s Trevor Burton who was honoured with Lifetime Achievement.
Upon learning about the Award, Trevor Burton said:
“I have had a fantastic career and a lifetime of rock and roll; I’ve enjoyed every single minute. To receive a Lifetime Achievement Award in my hometown is a real honour.”
Guests on the night came from all over the country to check out the Birmingham music scene. Among them were industry heavyweights including OMD frontman Andy McCluskey, Steve Gibbons, Steve Ajao, Lady Leshurr, Remtrex and Preditah. Live performers included JAWS, Sugarthief, Lady Sanity, Relley C, The Nu, Call Me Unique and Riscas.
Best Community Project winners The Choir With No Name gave a rousing rendition of Tears For Fears’ Shout, and Namiwa Jazz put on the performance of the night with Jungle, backed by her brilliant band and dancers. While presenting the Best Male award to new Sony signing Dapz on the Map, Andy McCluskey voiced his admiration for the show, and his jealousy that Liverpool has no equivalent.
Steve Gibbons brought the rock and roll with a bizarrely brilliant speech to honour Trevor Burton, and Lady Leshurr caused quite a stir when she took her entire entourage on stage to collect her Best Rap/Grime Award. Rising Star winner Mayday gave a passionate speech about his determination to put Kingstanding on the map and main sponsors CD Baby pledged to support him with an invaluable distribution and development package with their compliments.
Rock and metal legends Judas Priest recorded their acceptance speech from a hotel room in New York, encouraging everyone in the room to keep up the great work.
The ceremony signed off with two songs from Brum superstars JAWS, who won Best Band for the second year running. The room was unanimous that the Birmingham Music Awards is a great platform for local talent, a celebration of our culture and diversity, and rare recognition for those behind the scenes.
The event was a complete sell-out with 750 tickets snapped up, almost twice as many as last year (it’s inaugural year). The founders are confident they can expect the same growth next year (if not more as there are some big names already confirmed to attend) and talks with bigger venues have begun.
In the meantime we can look forward to the free monthly events the BMAs put on throughout the year.
Jo Jeffries, co-founder of the BMAs said:
“What an incredible night of celebration, entertainment and opportunity. We would like to congratulate the winners and nominees and extend our warmest thanks to all the performers, partners, sponsors, attendees and everyone who continues to support and help us achieve our goals for Birmingham music and musicians. To everyone who asked for nothing but gave so much. Together we can.”
The Birmingham Music Awards is an annual search for Birmingham’s brightest and best musicians/music industry professionals. Entrants from across the region submit their work in several different categories including Best Song, Best Album, Best Band, Best Live Venue, Rising Star, Best Radio Station and Best Promoter. Judging is carried out by a panel of music industry professionals, all with an impressive track record in the business. The full list of this year’s winners can be found at https://www.facebook.com/thebirminghammusicawards/
The organisers of the BMAs aim to bring together the best of the city’s contributors to music, to recognise achievements, support each other, create opportunities and collaborate for more Birmingham music success.
The project is backed by Duran Duran’s John Taylor, UB40, OMD frontman Andy McCluskey, Dapz on the Map, Martin ‘Ace’ Kent from rock band Skunk Anansie, Kieron Pepper (The Prodigy/Sleeper), Rob Holliday (Gary Numan/Marilyn Manson) and many more music industry heavyweights.