Blu Samu wins the Chase Award at RBEA18
Blu Samu was awarded best upcoming Belgian urban artist of 2018 at the Red Bull Elektropedia Awards. Also congrats to Glints, who ended up 2nd place for this Chase Award, and Moka Boka, who ended up 3rd!
Header picture by Jennifer Kesteleyn
Last January, we already featured Blu Samu as one of the “5 Belgian Artists to Watch in 2018”. Looks like our predictions came true, because 10 months later, the public has chosen Blu Samu as “the best upcoming urban artist of 2018” Chase award at the Red Bull Elektropedia Awards. Want to know more about Blu Samu? Check out the interview we did with her a while ago.
For the past 3 years of the Red Bull Elektropedia Awards, the best urban artist got awarded with the Chase Award. Following last years multiple wins by Roméo Elvis & Le Motel and lots of other hiphop acts taking gold, it got obvious urban music had taken over RBEA.
Because of this, we felt we had reached a point where there was less need to hand out a separate urban award. So for this year we decided to focus on what Chase has been doing since the beginning: shining a light on upcoming urban artists.
For our new upcoming urban artist award, our team collected a longlist of more than 100 names of up-and-coming artists in hip hop, soul and/or R&B . We focused on artists that started their career in the past years, aren't all over national radio yet and aren't headlining the big festivals yet.
The final 10 nominees were decided on by an external jury of 20 urban music experts, dj's, festival programmers and artists: