Celeste and Jon Batiste among Jazz FM Awards nominees

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Chart-top singer Celeste and Oscar-winning soul artist Jon Batiste are among the nominees for the 2021 Jazz FM Awards.

he annual ceremony honors stars who have had a significant impact on the genre, organizers say, and will celebrate the creativity of the jazz community during the pandemic.

British-American star Celeste, 27, is in the running for singer of the year alongside neo-soul singer-songwriter Ego Ella May and Italian-British singer Georgia Mancio.

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The chart-topping singer Celeste is among the nominees for the Jazz FM Awards (Ian West / PA)

The chart-topping singer Celeste is among the nominees for the Jazz FM Awards (Ian West / PA)

Batiste, an Oscar winner for his work on music for Pixar’s animated film Soul, is nominated for Soul Act of the Year and takes on May and British star Omar.

Eric Bibb, Marcus Bonfanti and Ruthie Foster are the nominees for Blues Act of the Year while Jas Kayser, Nathaniel Cross and Secret Night Gang are vying for a groundbreaking act.

The nominees for International Jazz Act of the Year are Christian McBride, Gary Bartz and Maria Schneider.

In the audience vote categories, Batiste is shortlisted for Album of the Year for WE ARE, alongside Fergus McCreadie (Cairn), Floating Points, London Symphony Orchestra and Pharoah Sanders (Promises), Matthew Halsall (Salute To The Sun), Nubya Garcia (SOURCE) and Sault (Untitled (Black Is)).

Jazz has provided a lifeline for so many of us over the past year and a half and we look forward to bringing everyone together again for what is sure to be a very special occasion.Nick Pitts, Content Director of Jazz FM

The nominees for British Jazz Act of the Year are McCreadie, Archipelago and Emma-Jean Thackray.

Recipients of the special award categories – Lifetime Achievement Awards, Gold Awards and Impact Awards – have yet to be announced.

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Jazz FM Content Director Nick Pitts said, “We are of course delighted that the Jazz FM Awards return in 2021 to celebrate the incredible level of innovation, creativity and joy that the global jazz community has to offer. to offer.

“Jazz has provided a lifeline for so many of us over the past year and a half and we look forward to bringing everyone together again for what is sure to be a very special occasion.”

The 2021 Jazz FM Awards with PPL and PRS for Music will take place at Under The Bridge in London on October 28.

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