9th Asian Awards set to take place in London this month

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The 9th edition of The Asian Awards is due to take place this month in London, with growing anticipation of who will be winning the prestigious honours. The awards have celebrated the stand out achievements from the global Pan-Asian communities since 2010 and return on Friday 12th April at the Grosvenor House Hotel.

The Asian Awards is delighted to announce a new category in 2019, to recognise the monumental global impact of online media. Former monk and now viral content creator Jay Shetty will receive the first Outstanding Achievement Online award for his incredible work in creating online content which focuses on wisdom, knowledge and peace. The online star has featured in Forbes, Vogue and Huffington Post and incredibly has over 4 billion views worldwide. He most recently featured on The Ellen Show, America’s highest rated daytime TV show, hosted by the multi-award winning Ellen DeGeneres and was also interviewed by British comedian and actor Russell Brand last week.

The Asian Awards is proud to announce that a posthumous award will be presented to pay tribute to Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. The visionary football club chairman and billionaire businessman was an iconic figure before his untimely and tragic passing in October 2018. The recognition at The Asian Awards will recognise the incredible legacy he has left to the city of Leicester through his tireless work in transforming Leicester City into a title winning football club and the impact his immense contribution has left on the city.

Paul Sagoo, founder of The Asian Awards, said, “Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was an incredible man who single handedly transformed the fortunes of Leicester City. As a trailblazing chairman he beat all odds in leading the team to an unthinkable Premier League title – a feat which was wildly celebrated around the world. The achievement was the pinnacle of what was a growing legacy he envisioned for the city of Leicester and in the foundations that he has laid before his untimely and tragic passing. We are honoured to be able to celebrate his life and work at this year’s Asian Awards.”

The Asian Awards will once again bring together a truly unique gathering of incredibly successful business leaders, game-changing entrepreneurs, global impacting philanthropists and activists and iconic figures from the worlds of cinema, sport, music and television. Past winners and attendees of The Asian Awards include Hollywood icon Jackie Chan, ex One Direction star Zayn Malik, Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan, music maestro AR Rahman and Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar.

This year’s Asian Awards will welcome and honour a Nobel Peace Prize winner. Tawakkol Karman is a journalist, politician and human rights activist who had captured the world as the public face of the Yemini uprising in 2011. She became the first Yemini and the first Arab woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011. The Asian Awards will honour the incredible and powerful work of a woman dubbed ‘Mother of the Revolution’ in her home country.

An award-winning musician and the sound of a generation, The Asian Awards will honour the legendary Nitin Sawhney CBE with the Outstanding Achievement in Music. The British Indian composer has been at the forefront of genre-defining music for the last 25 years and has seen his work feature in Hollywood films, international TV shows, in theatre, video games and on the grandest of stages around the world. In 2017, Sawhney picked up the prestigious Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement award and the following year scored Andy Serkis’ Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle for Netflix. The Asian Awards is delighted to celebrate the work of one of the finest British musicians of all time.

The Asian Awards has previously announced that the awards will commemorate the victims of the Jallianwalla Bagh massacre with the highest honour, The Founders Award. The Jallianwalla Bagh massacre, also known as the Amritsar massacre, was a pivotal moment in India’s history and marks its 100th year anniversary on 13th April 2019.

Paul Sagoo, founder of The Asian Awards adds, “The Jallianwalla Bagh massacre was an event which shaped the course of India’s history and remains one of the most pivotal moments for the country. An atrocious act which saw 379 unarmed demonstrators killed and over a thousand injured, it influenced the mindset of Indian nationals towards the British rule and not forgetting, stirred the emotions of one of India’s greatest leaders, Mahatma Gandhi. We have consulted with key historians in our research in what is probably the most important moment in Indian history. We are honoured to observe the 100th anniversary of the Amritsar massacre at next year’s awards, and remember those who lost their lives by commemorating them with our highest honour, The Founders Award.”

The Jallianwala Bagh massacre was a key event which led to the eventual independence of India. The centenary anniversary on 13th April 2019 will mark a special day for India, a date which changed the course of the country’s history.

The 9th Asian Awards take place on Friday 12th April 2019 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

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