The KA & GRM Daily Rated Awards 2018 Recap

The KA & GRM Daily Rated Awards 2018 took place last night for the 4th time at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith. Hosted by Mo The Comedian and Julie Adenuga, the pair effortlessly presented the show, entertained the crowd, and indulged in a little spat with Naughty Boy!

The first award of the night was The Personality of The Year Award, which was awarded to Micheal Dapaah who has had a roller-coaster year with the sensational 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 levelled up and hasn’t looked back. Picking up the award, he said: “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”

Not3s took home the Artist of the Year Award. 2018 featured his album ‘Take Not3s II’. Taking to the stage, he 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 home The GRM Legacy Award (Supported by BBC Radio1 Xtra) for his service to the indudsty over the last 15 years, D Double paved the way for some of the greatest grime artists to grace the stage. The award has topped off a great week for Double, following the release of his most recent album, Jackumm.

Other notable winners on  the night included, Charlie Sloth for Radio DJ of the year (for the 4th year running), Best Video of the Year (sponsored by YouTube Music) went to Rapman. Best Track of the Year (sponsored by PRS for Music) to Aj Tracey & Not3s – Butteflies & Best Album of The Year to Nines for Crop Circle.

Speaking on the yellow carpet ahead of winning producer of the year, Steel Banglez  said there should be more awards up for grabs for people working behind the scenes.

“I think we are the unsung heroes in terms of what we do for the artists,”

“I think people like the Mobos and the Brits should have producer categories and also songwriter awards as well. Because that’s a big part of tracks coming together.

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.

GRM Daily and Awards Co-Founder Koby “Posty” Hagan says: “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.”

A massive thank you to GRM & KA Drinks for the invite.

Take a look at the full winners list below & If you missed the show you can check out THE KA & GRM DAILY AWARDS TX On 7th September at 11:15pm on Channel 4.

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

Lethal Bizzle – The GRM Legacy Award