BBC RADIO 1 TEEN AWARDS 2019: FIRST PERFORMERS & NOMINATIONS REVEALED 0 308

BBC Radio 1’s Teen Awards is set to return for a one day spectacular across radio, TV & online, with performances from YUNGBLUD, AJ Tracey and Jax Jones. With a new look this year, the star-studded event will take place at Television Centre in front of an exclusive audience of 500 Radio 1 fans on Sunday 24 November 2019.

Hosted by BBC Radio 1 presenters Greg James, Maya Jama and Mollie King, the show will later broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Two on Saturday 30 November.

For the chance to watch all the action live, listeners aged 14-17 can register for free tickets from 8am on Monday 28 October until 8am on Thursday 31 October via the Radio 1 website. The tickets will be randomly selected in pairs via a ballot.

Yorkshire’s YUNGBLUD has been heavily supported by Annie Mac and Jack Saunders on Radio 1, as well as BBC Introducing. He has amassed a sizable online following, with nearly 1.5 million Instagram fans. He made his Live Lounge debut in September during Radio 1’s Live Lounge Month and his cover of Shawn Mendes (with added Amy Winehouse and Travis Scott) is approaching two million views.

West London’s AJ Tracey has long been supported by Radio 1 and 1Xtra and his self-titled debut album reached number three earlier this year. His track ‘Ladbroke Grove’ is arguably one of the biggest songs of the summer, spending twelve weeks in the Top 10 and peaking at Number Three. 

DJ and producer Jax Jones also hails from London and has a Number One and three Top Five singles under his belt, including collaborations with Demi Lovato, Stefflon Don, Years & Years, Jess Glynne and Mabel to name a few. He has been a mainstay at Radio 1’s Big Weekend over the past couple of years, bringing his carnival vibes to Middlesbrough and Swansea.

Now in its tenth year, Radio 1’s Teen Awards is the biggest teen event in the pop music calendar and shines a light on some of the UK’s most inspirational teens, seeing them crowned Teen Heroes of 2019 in front of an audience of 14-17 year-olds. Nominated by Radio 1 listeners, the deserving Teen Heroes will be chosen by a panel of judges consisting of Radio 1 DJs.

The two hour awards show is known to attract some of the biggest names across music, television, film and sport with guests in previous years including Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Dua Lipa, Liam Payne and Zoella.

Nominations for the celebrity categories, as voted for by Radio 1 listeners are:

  • Best Group – The 1975, BROCKHAMPTON, Jonas Brothers, Little Mix, twenty one pilots
  • Best British Singer – Ed Sheeran, Jorja Smith, Lewis Capaldi, Mabel, Tom Walker
  • Best British Rapper – Aitch, AJ Tracey, Dave,  Stormzy, Skepta
  • Best International Solo Artist – Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Post Malone, Shawn Mendes, Taylor Swift
  • Best Single – Bad Guy (Billie Eilish), I Don’t Care (Ed Sheeran), Someone You Loved (Lewis Capaldi), Señorita (Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello), Old Town Road (Lil Nas X)
  • Best Film – Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Captain Marvel, Aladdin, Lion King
  • Best TV Show – Fleabag, Love Island, Derry Girls, Stanger Things, Killing Eve

Radio 1 will unveil this year’s BBC Young Sports Personality Of The Year. Last year saw 17 year old Para-athlete Kare Adenegan pick up the award.

Radio 1 will also be presenting an Inspirational Hero Award at the event, which is an occasional award given to people who have inspired other teenagers. The last recipient of the award was British Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds.

Maya Jama says: “I am so excited to be presenting at this year’s Radio 1’s Teen Awards – it’s a really important evening and I love seeing everyone so gassed, it’s a really fun night, lots of screaming for my teen heroes too!” 

YUNGBLUD says: “BBC Radio 1! I’m well excited to play the Teen Awards show I’m so excited to be a part of such  an incredible celebration of young people and I can already tell it’s gonna be pretty loud!”

The show will be broadcast on BBC Radio 1 from 12pm on Saturday 30 November and viewers can watch all the best bits on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer later that evening, with highlights available to watch on Radio 1’s YouTube channel.

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VENTRESCA UNVEILS THE VIDEO FOR HER NEW SINGLE “CRAVING” 0 69

Now aged seventeen, Ventresca has long since known that music would be a key part of her life. Having started out as a member of the Canadian Dance Unit, who together won multiple awards, she then decided to stretch her wings and began to experiment with song-writing and exploring her vocal abilities.

With a mini tour of Germany and with a steadily growing fan-base to her name, Ventresca is proving herself to be a real talent with a bright future, and her latest single “Craving,” the video which ThisIsTheLatest are delighted to premiere, offers fans a brilliant pop track that blends both funk and disco with powerful lyrics.  

Asked about the video for the single, Ventresca says:

“You’re really gonna get 2 videos in one, and your gonna get to decide what video you want to see. In our video, you’re literally going to enter a dream world. Lets’ put it this way, people are going to be having a lot of cravings for my music.”

Check out “Craving” below and for more information on Ventresca, visit her website.

EILEEN CAREY PRESENTS THE VIDEO FOR HER BRAND NEW SINGLE “FINALLY” 0 77

There are perhaps few artists around who have become a staple across several genres of music quite like Eileen Carey. The singer-songwriter from Ohio has shared the stage with acts including The Motels, Jefferson Starship and Don Mclean and has been a near permanent feature on the New Music Weekly charts over the past three years.

Carey saw out 2019 by being named the Hot AC/AC Breakthrough artist of the year and now, at the start of this new decade, as someone who is already well established for writing songs so many can relate to, Carey is kicking off 2020 with the release of her single “Finally”, the video for which ThisIsTheLatest are delighted to premiere.

Asked about the meaning/story to the song and the creative process to the video, Carey says:

“Strong emotions sometimes cry out for strong language. These lyrics state in the plainest possible way what we feel but may be hesitant to say.

“Finally” is the most unusual music video I have ever released. It came out of my long relationship with producer-director Taner Tumkaya who collaborated with me on most of my recent music videos. Our last music video of “Meet Me Halfway” has had 70,000+ Youtube views. After 8 years in the U.S., he returned to Germany earlier this year, so we had to figure out a way to work. It was meant to be a lyric video initially, but in attempting to make the lyric video more interesting we happened on this stop-action animation. It turned out to be a great experience. It was a case of necessity being the mother of invention,” so to speak.

Check out “Finally” below and for more information on Eileen Carey, visit her website, give her page a like on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.