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The UMAs 2018 announce official shortlisted nominations

Following a special nominations party held in London’s Soho last night, The UMAs 2018 (Unsigned Music Awards) have announced its official shortlisted nominees.

A 100 strong voting panel cast their votes and narrowed down the initial list of 10,000 applicants to shortlist just five acts for each of the 16 categories. Some of the most notable nominees include BRITs Critics’ Choice 2018 winner Jorja Smith and BRITs British Newcomer nominee Dave.

Check out the full list of nominees below.

Best Urban Act

Raheem Bakare
Kojey Radical
Josh Barry

Best Rock Act – Sponsored by Strange Place

The People The Poet
The Harlers
Saint Agnes
The Bay Rays
These Wicked Rivers

Best Country / Folk Act – Sponsored by Ticketmaster & Universe

Adam Beattie
Katy Hurt
Laura Oaks
Danni Nicholls
Ferris & Sylvester

Best Jazz / Blues Act

Ezra Collective
Oscar Jerome
Ruby Rushton
Poppy Ajudha

Best Songwriter

Harry Pane
Jorja Smith
Albert Gold
Violet Skies

Best Produced Record

Ginger Snaps – Number Crunching
Jalen N’Gonda – Why I Try
Strong Asian Mothers – Animal
Cattle & Cane – Mirrors
Le Flex – The Dancefloor Suite

Best Music Video – Sponsored by Fastrax

Dave – Question Time
Poppy Ajudha ft Kojey Radical – Spilling Into You
Femme – Fire With Fire
Foreign Beggars – Bosh
Eyre Llew – Atelo

Best International Music Video – Sponsored by YouTube

Jarami – Hear This
Gus Dapperton – Prune, You Talk Funny
Charlotte Day Wilson – Work
Fletcher – You Should Talk
Beissoul & Einius – Lion

Best Female Solo Act – Sponsored by Nasty Gal

Jorja Smith
Violet Skies
Joy Crookes
Maisie Peters
Suzi Wu

Best Male Solo Act

Kojey Radical
Rex Orange County
Bruno Major
Benny Mails

Best International Record – Sponsored by Shazam

Stella Donnelly – Thrush Metal
Siv Jakobsen – The Nordic Mellow
Steve Lacy – Steve Lacy’s Demo
Vérité – Somewhere In Between
Gus Dapperton – Yellow and Such

Best Record – Sponsored by BIMM

Bruno Major – Song For Every Moon
Tom Misch – 5 Day Mischon
IDLES – Brutalism
Toddla T – Foreign Light
Jorja Smith – Project 11
Elder Island – Seeds In Sand

Best Electronic Act – Sponsored by Mood Media

Wide Awake
Elder Island
Catching Flies

Best Live Act – Sponsored by Live Nation

Stereo Honey
Bang Bang Romeo
Sam Fender
Strange Bones

UMA Choice Award – Sponsored by UMA Music

Too Many T’s
The Kings Parade
Rina Sawayama
Bang Bang Romeo

UMA Icon Award – TBA

The UMAs will take place at the Brighton Centre on May 16. The ceremony will kick off the 13th edition of The Great Escape Festival. Five acts have already been confirmed to perform on the night: Mullally, Newton Faulkner, Anavae, Tayla and Foreign Beggers.

Speaking about the awards, Simon O’Kelly, CEO of UMA Music Group and the Unsigned Music Award said: “We are excited to continue the growth of the UMAs as a platform to promote unsigned, self-signed and otherwise emerging artists, around the world. Opening Europe’s largest festival for new music with an award ceremony that recognises only new music makes perfect sense and we can’t think of a more suitable partner to bring this vision to life, than Live Nation.”

Tickets for The UMAs 2018 are on sale here.

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Written by Katrina Rees

I'm Katrina, or Kat to pretty much everyone. I'm an editor for CelebMix, a content writer, a boyband lover and an all round music fanatic.
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