The Asian Awards, now in its third year is expanding this year with nominees from across the Asian sub-continent.
In previous years, The Asian Awards has celebrated the achievements of individuals of South Asian origin, but for the first time this year, nominees with origins from China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and other East Asian countries will also be considered for the coveted award.
Radio 1 and BBC Asian Network DJ, Nihal Athanayake has been integral in championing Asian music and the newly expanded programme encouraged him to explore the industry from a different angle. I۪ve been embedded in Asian music for a long time and I۪ve been able to bring my personal knowledge to The Asian Awards judging process, but with nominees from China, Korea and Japan I۪ve been more reliant on facts, figures and fellow judges about their impact, and this had made the process challenging in a positive way and broadened out the scope of the awards which can only be a good thing.
Rishi Rich, the Creative Director of Rishi Rich Productions who discovered last year۪s winner of Outstanding Achievement in Music, Jay Sean, said it was interesting to educate a mixed panel and be educated by different perspectives. I was looking for an artist that has had an impact on society and has a story to tell; not just someone on the radio or in a film at the moment. Every legendary artist has a story that shows in their work and you can always tell the difference between a real artist with real issues and the ones just in it for the money.
In 2010 and 2011, the Asian Awards honoured some of the most inspiring and influential people in the South Asian community from record-breaking cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Muttiah Muralitharan to legendary artistes, Asha Bhosle, Freddie Mercury (posthumously), Amitabh Bachchan, Jay Sean and AR Rahman to powerful business magnates Ratan Tata, Vijay Mallya and Dr KP Singh, and leaders in technology such as Google۪s Amit Singhal.
This year, judges will bring their insight and expertise to 13 awards categories including Business Leader, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Public Servant and Social Entrepreneur of the Year to Outstanding Achievement in Music, Art & Design, Sport, Cinema, Television and Science.
Visitwww.theasianawards.comfor a full list of 2011 winners as well as information on how to book tickets to the 2012 Awards.