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The DJ Mag Best of British awards returned for its 16th edition this month, shining a spotlight on the artists, clubs, festivals, labels, and radio shows that continued to place the UK scene at the forefront of electronic music. Each year, DJ Mag staff chose five nominees across a wide range of categories, which were then put to a public vote. There were also three special awards – Innovation & Excellence, Outstanding Contribution, and Game Changer – with recipients chosen by the editorial team. 2022 also marked the first IRL awards show since 2019, after pausing the annual event for the past two years due to the pandemic (and running digital awards show instead). The event took place at The Steel Yard in London on December 15th and was hosted by Jamz Supernova, featuring DJ sets from artists and DJs nominated across the awards categories: Patrick Topping, anu, Erol Alkan, Girls Don't Sync, LF System, and KILIMANJARO. As part of the ongoing partnership with Youth Music, Manchester-based artist and Next Gen Fund recipient PERiiSU played the opening set of the night.
Fred again, won Best Live Act, while Manchester-based producer Interplanetary Criminal took home Best Producer, and upcoming Jungle and Drum & Bass star Nia Archives won Breakthrough Producer after a huge year.
In the rap categories, Lewisham grime royalty Novelist won Best MC/Vocalist, while Glasgow-based artist Bemz took home Breakthrough MC/Vocalist. Giggs and Tiny Boost won the Best Rap Track for their collaboration, 'The Family', while Loyle Carner scooped Best Rap Album / Mixtape for 'Hugo'. The long-running independent record label XL Recordings took home the Best Label award, while Shall Not Fade's garage-focused sub-label 'Time Is Now' took home Breakthrough Label after a prolific year.
Elsewhere, there were wins for TSHA ('Best Album' for 'Capricorn Sun'), PinkPantheress ('Best Compilation' for 'To hell with it (remixes)'), Eliza Rose & Interplanetary Criminal (Best Track for their No.1 hit 'B.O.T.A. (Baddest of Them All)' and Michael Bibi (Best Remix for 'La Murga (Michael's Midnight Mix)').
NTS' Soup To Nuts took home the Best Radio Show award; the popular daytime broadcast that is hosted by artists including Scratcha DVA, Anu, Lupini, John Gómez, Ruf Dug, Shy One, and Ross Allen.
In the club and event awards, Printworks London won Best Large Club, while Best Small Club went to Hackney's Night Tales. PXSSY PALACE took home Best Club Event, Outlook Festival UK won Best Festival and Sheffield's No Bounds picked up Best Boutique Festival. Garage legend Jeremy Sylvester won this year's Underground Hero award, which recognizes the champions of grassroots UK music communities.
Full Round-Up: djmag.com
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