Stars celebrate urban music scene at the KA & GRM Daily Rated 2018 Awards

PRS for Music supports Track Of The Year

English actor, rapper and comedian Michael Dapaah was today awarded The Personality of the Year Award, at the 4th KA & GRM Daily Rated Awards at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith. 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.

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.


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.

Michael Dapaah

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.

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.”

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.

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. 

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. 


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

Performances on the night included: 
D Double E
Kojo Funds

Presenters included: 
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


About the KA & GRM Daily Rated Awards  

Founded by GRM Daily and founding partner KA Drinks, the KA & GRM Daily Rated Awards was launched in 2015 and continues to showcase the highest calibre of talent and celebrate culture through the medium of music. 


Following a hugely important year for grime and the UK music scene, the iconic KA & GRM Daily Rated Awards are back to celebrate the best in UK music. The Awards has always given power back to the people and, this year more than ever, we’re empowering the fans by giving them the chance to vote for all of the winners and attend the awards themselves. It’s going to be an epic event and I can’t wait.

GRM Daily and Awards Co-Founder Koby "Posty" Hagan

KA Drinks has been helping to empower and elevate grime culture in the UK. From working with artists such as Ghetts, Lady Leshurr and Paigey Cakey in 2012, to supporting up-and-coming artists in their yearly ‘Get Rated’ competition. As co-founder of the KA & GRM Daily Rated Awards, KA has helped create a platform to celebrate the best of urban music, and is building a brand that will help to inspire the next generation of grime talent.


The success of the KA & GRM Daily Rated Awards over the past three years demonstrates that, with our partners GRM Daily, we have created a credible and authentic event recognising the high quality established talent in UK urban music. We are delighted that we can continue our support of British urban music and excited to be a part of what's set to be a bigger and better event for 2018.

Adrian Troy, Marketing Director for KA Drinks

PRS for Music represents the rights of songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK and around the world. As a membership organisation it works to ensure that creators are paid whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over two million music creators worldwide. In 2017, 6.6 trillion performances of music were reported to PRS for Music with £717m collected on behalf of its members, making it one of the world’s leading music collective management organisations.

PRS for Music is also part of the joint venture company, PPL PRS Ltd, which issues TheMusicLicence, giving businesses in the UK access to over 22.2 million musical works.

YouTube Music is a new music streaming service made for music listening, on top of the magic of YouTube: making the world of music easier to explore and more personalised than ever. Whether you want to listen, watch or discover - all the ways music moves you can be found in one place - not just music videos, but official albums, singles, remixes, live performances, covers and hard-to-find music you can only get on YouTube.

BBC Radio 1 Xtra broadcasts the best in contemporary black and urban music with a strong emphasis on live music and supporting new UK artists. The station reaches around 1.11 million listeners each week (those aged 10+), playing a pivotal role in bringing black and urban music to the mainstream. BBC Radio 1Xtra also blends the best black music with entertainment, news and specially commissioned documentaries relevant to a 15-24 year old target audience including those from ethnic minorities. 1Xtra has over 1.5 million followers on social media and over 725K subscribers on YouTube.

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