British music fans have voted Kano as the “Best UK Act” ahead of the BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta, GA on October 13th. Kano went head to head with five of the UK’s finest rappers; Dizzee Rascal, JME, Klashnekoff, Lethal B and Wiley to win the gong. For two weeks, Hip Hop fans battled it out by voting interactively on MTV Base and 1 Xtra BBC websites for their favourite act; and on Monday 1st October, live on 1 Xtra BBC Kano was announced as the winner. On hearing news that he’d won the award the East London based rapper said, “It’s great to see so many people nominated to be fair. It doesn’t matter who wins as long as they deserve it and they represent. It’s the UK’s award, we have never been recognised like this overseas before, you know, so it’s good for everyone”. Talking about the “Crunk” sound of Atlanta he said, “I see a lot of similarities in it (Grime). Like the energy and sometimes it’s stripped down and hard”.
Commenting on Kano’s big scoop, Stephen Hill, Executive Producer of the BET Hip Hop Awards said, “Kano’s killing it right now and the fact the he emerged victorious among such a talented nominee crew speaks volumes. I first became familiar with him through the “Run the Road” CD and further through the excellent BET News report on UK hiphop. It really is only a matter of time before Kano is dazzling American audiences like he does those in the UK. We’re glad to facilitate the introduction”.
This is the second year that BET International will be shining their spotlight on UK artists by creating a special award around the British urban music scene at the BET Hip Hop Awards. Last Year Sway won the award, which he attended in Atlanta and took part in an on screen rooftop battle alongside Papoose, Remy and Lupe Fiasco. This year, International acts confirmed to take part in an on screen freestyle battle include Dizzee Rascal and Flo from Guadeloupe.
The BET Hip Hop Awards 2007 will take place on Saturday, October 13 at Atlanta's Civic Center, and premiere on the network Wednesday, October 17 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
By: Michelle Adabra