AceShowbiz - Chris Brown was the big winner at the 2023 Urban Music Awards (UMA). The U.S. musician took home Artist of the Year (USA) and Best Album for 2022's star-studded LP "Breezy" at the 19th edition of the ceremony, which was held at London's Porchester Hall on Tuesday night, February 28, and broadcast live on VooVix TV.
He beat Beyonce Knowles, Lizzo, Drake, DJ Khaled, Cardi B, Coi Leray, GloRilla, Latto, 21 Savage, Megan Thee Stallion, Nicki Minaj, and Jack Harlow to the accolade. Dancehall legend Sean Paul was handed the Artist of the Year (Caribbean) Award.
He said during his acceptance speech, "I [would] like to thank the Urban Music Awards for supporting me throughout all these years. I really appreciate this award."
Bugzy Malone was the recipient of the Most Inspiring Artist award, while Billy Ocean received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Elsewhere, U.K. outfit Heartless Crew received the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award in honour of their 30th anniversary. Documentary maker Louis Theroux, DJ-and-presenter Gok Wan and Noughties R+B star Lemar were among those performing hosting duties at the bash.
This year also saw VooVix TV re-launch its flagship reality TV show, "Britain's Next Urban Superstar". Founder and President of the UMA's, Jordan Kensington, commented, "The UMA's at it's core has always been about mentoring, nurturing and assisting the next generation of artists as well as celebrating the present class of amazing breakthrough talent. 2023 marks 19 years of tenacity, hard work and perseverance. To see the aftermath of urban music becoming the new popular genre worldwide is a huge dream we had 19 years ago. We are both excited and pleased that hard work and consistency paid off."
The full winners list is: