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6th December 2012, London: Last night Drum&BassArena rolled out the famous yellow carpet and honoured formidable talent across the genre at the Drum&BassArena Awards 2012 in association with Sennheiser.

The awards, now in their fourth year, have become firmly established as one of the drum&bass community’s most eagerly anticipated events, supported by many of the finest DJs, MCs, producers and label heads the genre has to offer.

Thousands of fans from across the globe voted this year, representing a huge mix of styles for each category.

With 2012 being one of the most fruitful years in drum & bass history, there was genuinely no predicting who would win in each category. But it was Ram Records who stole the show. Not only did Calyx & TeeBee receive trophies for Best Video, Best Producers and Best Single, but the imprint also picked up Best Label and their founder Andy C received his fourth trophy for Best DJ… A title he’s held since the Drum&BassArena Awards began in 2009. Hospital Records came a close second, picking up trophies for Best Club Night, Best Album and Best Newcomer DJ.

Full list of winners:

Best DJ: Andy C

Best Producer: Calyx & TeeBee

Best MC: DRS

Best Newcomer DJ: Fred V & Grafix

Best newcomer producer: Mefjus

Best Newcomer MC: Linguistics

Best Track: Calyx & TeeBee – Elevate This Sound

Best Album: S.P.Y – What The Future Holds (Hospital Records)

Best Label: Ram Records

Best Video: Calyx & TeeBee – Pure Gold (Ram Records)

Best Club Night: Hospitality

Best Festival: Outlook Festival

Best D&BTV Live: Icicle & Alix Perez

This year’s awards marked a number of firsts, including a change to the voting procedure for the prestigious Hall Of Fame which for the first time was decided by industry vote, making it the most authoritative induction to date.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame this year was Grooverider, joining Drum & Bass legends including Kemistry, Stevie Hyper D, Andy C, Goldie, Hype and Friction last year.

The Risky, Drum&BassArena founder, says, “It’s hugely exciting to see the drum & bass genre continue to evolve and push forward, the scene really is more diverse than ever before, and highly talented producers can now be found in all corners of the globe. The Drum&BassArena Awards play a key role in recognising all of this talent, and not just the established talent but the up and coming talent too.”

Last night’s awards were held at The Electric in Brixton and hosted by renowned Radio One presenter Mistajam. It featured performances by Ayah Marar, DJ Odin and BeatFox. With all free tickets sold out and a live stream to a global audience of thousands, the event was a fitting tribute to one of the most exciting years the scene has ever enjoyed… And was heralded a success by all.

Drum&BassArena, which this year celebrated its 16th year as the number one drum&bass site on the web, is owned and operated by AEI Media, the multi-channel music and media company.


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