GRM Rated Awards 2021 – Nominations Revealed

GRM Daily’s Iconic Rated Awards Return for Virtual Ceremony

Thursday 16th September 2021 @ 7pm BST
Nominations include AJ Tracey, Headie One, slowthai, Little Simz, Abra Cadabra, ENNY, Central Cee, Stormzy, Lady Leshurr, Ghetts, Stefflon Don, Pa Salieu & Jorja Smith

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.

GRM Daily announce 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 between 1st June 2020 to 1st June 2021. Voting opened today and fans can head to 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. Full list of nominations below.

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 16th September @7pm BST, broadcast exclusively on GRM’s YouTube Channel.

Follow @GRMDAILY and @ratedawards on socials to keep up with all-things #RatedAwards

Album of the Year AJ Tracey – Flu Game, Bugzy Malone – The Resurrection, D Block Europe – The Blueprint- Us V s. Them, Fredo – Money Can’t Buy Happiness, Ghetts – Conflict of Interest, Headie One – EDNAK Trap – Street Side Effects, Loski – Music, Trial and Trauma: A Drill Story, Nines – Crabs In A Bucket, slowthai – TYRON

Female Artist of the YearSponsored by +44 from Amazon Music Bree Runway, Darkoo, ENNY, Ivorian Doll, Jorja Smith, Lady Leshurr, Ms Banks, Shaybo, Stefflon Don, Midas The Jagaban

Male Artist of the Year Sponsored by A Jewellers AJ Tracey, Abra Cadabra, Central Cee, Chip, Digga D, Fredo, Ghetts, Headie One, Potter Payper, Tion Wayne

Breakthrough of the Year Supported by BBC Radio 1Xtra ArrDee, BackRoad Gee, ENNY, Central Cee, French The Kid, Jordan, Shaybo, SR, Pa Salieu, wewantwraiths

Personality of the Year Big Zuu, Chunkz, Harry Pinero, Nella Rose, Michael Dapaah, Mo Gilligan, Munya Chawawa, Niko Omilana, Yung Filly, ZeZe Millz

Track of the Year A1 & J1 – Latest Trends, Abra Cadabra – On Deck, Central Cee – Loading, Digga D – Woi, ENNY – Peng Black Girls (ft Amia Brave), Headie One, Stormzy and AJ Tracey – Ain’t It Different, Nines – Airplane Mode (ft NSG), Pa Salieu – My Family (ft BackRoad Gee), Potter Payper – Purpose, Russ & Tion Wayne – Body

Video of the Year Aitch – Safe To Say (Directed by KC Locke), AJ Tracey – Little More Love (Directed by KC Locke), Ghetts – Skengman Mode (ft. Stormzy) (Directed by Nathan James Tettey), Headie One – Princess Cuts (ft. Young T & Bugsey) (Directed by Capone), Little Simz – Introvert (Directed by Salomon Ligthelm), Meekz – Respect The Come Up (Directed by KC Locke), Nines – Clout (Directed by Charlie Di Placido), Pa Salieu – My Family (ft. BackRoad Gee) (Directed by Femi Ladi), Russ & Tion Wayne – Body (Directed by Wowa), slowthai, Skepta – Cancelled (Directed by THE REST)

Mixtape of the YearIn Association with Porte Noire Abra Cadabra – Product of My Environment, Central Cee – Wild West, Chip – Snakes and Ladders, Digga D – Made In The Pyrex, Giggs – Now Or Never, M Huncho & Nafe Smallz – DNANSG – Roots, Pa Salieu – Send Them To Coventry, Potter Payper – Training Day 3, Unknown T – Rise Above Hate

Radio DJ of the Year Charlie Sloth, DJ Target, Dotty, Henrie Kwushue, Kenny Allstar, Robert Bruce, Reece Parkinson, Snoochie Shy, Tiffany Calver, Yinka & Shayna Marie

Producer of the Year 169, 5ive Beatz, Chris Rich, Ghosty, Gotcha, Hargo, M1OnTheBeat, P2J, R14, TSB

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