Music Pioneer Jamal Edwards MBE Honoured At MITS Award Ceremony

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Final evening the UK music business got here collectively to rejoice a real innovator in music, Jamal Edwards MBE, who was posthumously honoured with this 12 months’s prestigious Music Business Trusts Award (MITS) in recognition of his excellent contribution to the business as a music entrepreneur, DJ and founding father of the multifaceted music platform, SB.TV. The gala was held in help of the BRIT Belief, Nordoff Robbins and The Jamal Edwards Self Perception Belief, the charity arrange by his household in 2022 to honour his reminiscence and proceed Jamal’s unimaginable legacy. 

Hosted by DJ and presenter Gemma Cairney, the night noticed distinctive performances to honour Jamal from a few of the UK’s greatest names Little Simz, Jorja Smith, Mahalia and Max Cyrus. Key business figures, artists and the Edwards household, together with Jamal’s mom Brenda Edwards and sister Tanisha Edwards, all gathered for the gala ceremony at Grosvenor Home Lodge. 

Accepting the award on behalf of her son, Brenda Edwards advised the standing ovation,

“I wish to say thanks to Dan and Toby and the MITS Committee for acknowledging Jamal with this prestigious award. It’s been an actual honour to listen to a lot nice expertise in a single room. I’m overwhelmed and Jamal could be blown away by tonight.” 

Mercury Prize, MOBO Award and BRIT successful rapper Little Simz closed the evening with an unimaginable set of songs from her acclaimed album Typically I Would possibly Be Introvert together with ‘I Love You, I Hate You’ and ‘Level and Kill.’ She joyfully advised the group, “We’re gonna have a celebration in right here and rejoice this man, every part he’s achieved and every part he’s achieved. He was a go-getter, somebody that had a imaginative and prescient… This music makes me really feel like that…” earlier than launching into her soulful hit ‘Girl,’ and ending the evening with ‘How Did You Get Right here.’ 

Ivor Novello and BRIT Award nominated artist Mahalia additionally took to the stage, radiating feel-good vitality as she sang ‘Simmer’ and ‘Grateful.’ Earlier within the night, Grammy nominated artist Jorja Smith opened the present with a poignant rendition of her 2018 single ‘Goodbyes.’ The viewers then welcomed composer and producer Max Cyrus, who shared a spoken phrase piece in honour of Jamal. The night additionally featured two tribute movies with heartfelt phrases from business figures and artists Stormzy and AJ Tracey. 

Particular company on the evening included: 2021 MITS recipient and legendary DJ Pete Tong MBE, musician Richie Sambora, rapper ENNY, Hipgnosis Songs Founder Merck Mercuriadis, DJ Eliza Rose, and ITV Unfastened Girls’s Coleen Nolan, Linda Robson and Jane Moore.

Co-chair of the MITS Award committee, Toby Leighton-Pope says:

“It was an extremely particular room to be in tonight with the music business coming collectively to honour Jamal Edwards. Thanks once more to the Edwards household for accepting the MITS award on his behalf, and to Little Simz, Jorja Smith, Mahalia and Max Cyrus for his or her spectacular performances. We’re proud to proceed to lift funds for the MITs charities, The BRIT Belief and Nordoff Robbins and to, this 12 months, donate funds for The Jamal Edwards Self Perception Belief.”

Co-chair of the MITS Award committee Dan Chalmers provides:

“We’re very humbled to award this 12 months’s MITS to Jamal Edwards. He was a visionary – brilliantly artistic and forward of his time, making area for rising stars and gifted artists, launching so many spectacular careers. Thanks to his household for his or her involvement and to the superb artists who helped make tonight so particular. We hope each Jamal and SB.TV’s legacy can reside on and assist encourage future generations.”

Jamal’s acknowledgement follows 2021 MITS honouree Pete Tong MBE, and sees him be part of the ranks of earlier recipients together with Annie Lennox OBE, Kylie Minogue, Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Emma Banks, Rob Stringer, Sir Lucian Grainge, Ahmet Ertegun, Michael Eavis CBE, and Roger Daltrey CBE. 

This was the primary MITS Award to be given posthumously, with Jamal additionally being the youngest recipient of the award, exhibiting the unimaginable extent of how a lot he achieved in his 31 years, his infinite optimistic vitality and invaluable contributions he delivered to the music business.  

Celebrating its thirty first 12 months this 12 months, the Music Business Trusts Award is recognised as one of many true benchmarks of feat within the UK music enterprise and continues to learn massively deserving causes 12 months after 12 months. The MITS Award helps two essential charities, the BRIT Belief and Nordoff Robbins, and is sponsored by PPL, SJM Concert events, Spotify, Voly Music and YouTube.

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