Keshia Chanté was the belle of the ball at the Canadian Urban Music Awards in Toronto on Thursday night, walking away with hardware for all three categories she was nominated in. The 16-year-old Ottawa-born singer took home best new artist, video of the year for Bad Boy and the fan's choice award. She beat Canadian Idol runner-up Gary Beals, rapper Kyprios and soul group In Essence for the new-artist honours.
It's the sixth year the non-profit Urban Music Association of Canada has been organizing the awards, which cover 24 categories.
Rapper K-os was awarded best hip-hop recording for his song B-Boy Stance. Ray Robinson won best soul recording for Missed Your Chance. Haydain Neale of Jacksoul took best songwriter honours. Other winners included K-Naan for best global rhythms recording and the Clayton/Scott Group for best jazz recording.
Montreal rap group Muzion took the best francophone recording award. Best reggae recording went to Kardinal Offishall for Empty Barrel. A special achievement award was presented to urban-music director Mr. X.
The show will air on CBC-TV next Thursday. A full list of winners can be found at http://www.umac.ca. CP