Updated: Nov 8, 2021
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The countdown to the Second City music calendar’s most glittering night begins in earnest next week as the Birmingham Music Awards holds the press and VIP launch for their 2022 event. The ceremony was held online last year for obvious reasons but the organisers are determined to make up for lost time, starting on Thursday 11th November at The Crossing in Digbeth.
Pandemic aside, the awards have gone from strength to strength since their inception in 2018, championing the tremendous talent and unrivalled diversity of the Birmingham music scene and attracting support from across the city’s tight-knit music community and interest and coverage from further afield. As TheZineUK once put it: “When the Brit Awards broadcast was yawning on in February, our Twitter was lit with chat about the Birmingham Music Awards”.
The night will serve as a celebration of the current scene, a tribute to the city’s immense music heritage and an exclusive countdown to the opening of nominations at midnight.
Sam Smith-collaborator and newly-announced BMA ambassador Reuben James headlines the show, and will no doubt be playing tracks from Adore, the beautiful soul/jazz collection that won him the best album award at last year’s ceremony.
Also gracing the stage are Alex Ohm, Glass Ceilings, Cariss Auburn, and Landel & Zac, while Pearce Macca from triple BMA winners The Clause mans the decks in the DJ booth. Alex Noble from BBC WM Introducing will again be hosting after doing such a brilliant job over the last two years. It promises to be an unforgettable night - entry is free but you need to register your place.
Founder and director Jo Jeffries really gets to the heart of what the BMAs is all about when she says:
“This is a tough time for musicians and music professionals as we all know, so they need our support now more than ever. Let’s create opportunities, bring our community together again, retain our talent in our city, and continue to champion our incredible music heritage and existing music scene as loudly and proudly as possible: Together. Sort out your gladrags and prepare to be papped!”
Amen Jo. Wild horses wouldn’t keep us away and we’ve already booked the next day off work!