IARA (international Achievement Recognition Awards) returns with a double dose of bliss for 2017. Before we tell you the details, we have to be reminiscent of its annual event in 2016.


IARA had a host of star guests such as Rough Copy, Big Brovaz and Jermaine Jackman as well as the new emerging talent. Moelogo, who’s been highly praised by the likes of Chip, won his first official award as the Best UK Afrobeat Artist. Layton Williams was awarded for his Dance Performance in ‘Hairspray’ whilst Paapa Essiedu gave a memorable Stage Performance in ‘Hamlet’. Also taking a win was Choreographer Omar Okai.

Indie film High Strung Movie took a total of three awards, as it took home Best Emerging Actress (Anabel Kultay), Best Director (Michael Damian), Best Producer (Keith Golub) and Best Actress going to Tanya MoodieCharles Venn won Best Actor TV/Actor for his role in ‘Eastenders’ and was reminiscent of his early days pursuing his dream. The Fashion world was also given huge recognition, with bespoke designer Joseph Kane winning Best Fashion Designer and Sarah Jagger winning Best Make Up Artist.


Now moving forward to this year, IARA have included to give the public their chance to have their say in the following categories:

Best New Music Act

Best Music Album

Best UK Music Artist

Best UK African Artist

Best UK Afrobeat Artist

Best UK FM/Radio DJ

Best Radio Station

Best TV Presenter

Best UK Reality Star

Best Webseries

The list includes the likes of the hottest talent such as Jorja Smith, Stefflon-Don, Tom Grennan and Rag ‘N’ Bone Man. Moelogo, who was already a winner last year has two more nominations – Best UK Afrobeat and African Artist. Izzy Bizu, Shaun Escoffery, JHus, Maleek Berry, Paigey Cakey, DJ Ace Charlie Sloth, Mista Silva, Hoxton Radio and Zak Abel are among the hot favourites of contenders in the list of nominees. The highest four nominations will be placed forward as finalists. Therefore vote your favourite to win!

The IARA awards return with double the trophies and extravaganza at the Stratford Town Hall. If that doesn’t add to the top notch event, then this news is about to get even bigger for the ceremony, as it’ll be airing from your television screen LIVE and direct for you to see. That’s right folks, you will have the chance to watch greatest from your seat! However there’s a chance for you to attend, as there’ll be an exclusive amount of tickets available to the public. Which by the way, are available NOW!!! Once the tickets are gone, THEY. ARE. GONE.

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