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21 July 2021

Pa Salieu, Stormzy Among Nominees For 2021 Rated Awards

Pa Salieu 2021 Rated Awards
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Britain’s premier award ceremony for UK Rap & Grime, the Rated Awards returns to celebrate the best talent in the UK music scene over the last 12 months at a virtual ceremony streaming on Thursday 16th September at 7pm BST.

Today, GRM Daily announced the nominations for this year’s awards, with AJ Tracey, Headie One, slowthai, ENNY, Stormzy, Shaybo, Ghetts, Abra Cadabra, Central Cee and Pa Salieu amongst those with multiple nods each. With awards spanning over ten categories, from Breakthrough and Video of the Year to Album and Personality of the Year, the nominations for the 2021 Rated Awards honour some of the UK scene’s biggest names and their achievements from 1 June 2020 to 1 June 2021.

Voting opened today and fans can head to the event’s official website to cast their votes. Voting will close on the 17th August.

AJ Tracey, Headie One & Pa Salieu lead the nominations with four nominations each. AJ Tracey & Headie One are up for Male Artist, Track of the Year, Video of the Year and the prestigious Album of the Year categories while Pa Salieu is nominated in Breakthrough of the Year, Track of the Year, Video of the Year and Mixtape of the Year categories, following what has been an incredible year for each artist, with numerous accolades and chart successes under their belt.

They face strong competition from slowthai, Central Cee, Ghetts and Abra Cadabra alongside an array of female nominees across categories including Little Simz, Shaybo, Lady Leshurr, ENNY, Jorja Smith and Stefflon Don. The Breakthrough category is set to be hotly contested with a strong shortlist including ArrDee, ENNY, Pa Salieu, Shaybo and Central Cee.

GRM founder Post says: “Excited to be back celebrating the best in UK Rap & Grime music. It’s been an incredible year in music, congratulations to all of this year’s nominees.”

Returning in 2021 for its 6th year, this year’s GRM Daily Rated Awards will showcase a broad range of the hottest upcoming and established artists and is guaranteed to provide a selection of iconic performances that simply wouldn’t be seen at other award ceremonies. Broadcast exclusively on YouTube, the awards will be a must-see event with a carefully curated line up of unmissable live performances yet to be announced.

The Rated Awards were founded by GRM Daily, an award-winning platform at the epicentre of UK Rap & Grime music culture since 2009. An outlet where the very best of black British music is whole heartedly celebrated, GRM is renowned as an influential launch pad for the country’s emerging and established talent. With over 4 billion YouTube views, 4 million subscribers and a social reach of over 3 million, GRM is the most viewed black British music channel and website in the UK.

The Rated Awards 2021 with YouTube Music will be streamed on Thursday, 16 September @7pm BST, broadcast exclusively on GRM’s official YouTube Channel.

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