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Wretch 32 leads UMA nominations

Wretch 32 may not have released his debut album Black And White yet, but he's already flying high with a record six nominations at the Urban Music Awards.

The 26-year-old London rapper, who has already won praise from fellow music stars Tinie Tempah, Adele and Liam Gallagher, leads the nods, which include Artist of the Year, Best Hip-Hop Act and Best Male Artist.

"I am extremely excited to be nominated for this year. This is amazing news," he said.

"The Urban Music Awards has led to a successful commercial urban music scene in the UK and Europe and I have always wanted to be at the UMAs. Thanks to all the fans who nominated me and I can't wait till the show in September."

Wretch 32 - whose real name is Jermaine Scott - is set to battle it out against Jessie J and Example, who both have four nominations each.

JLS, Chipmunk, Dappy from N-Dubz, Tinchy Stryder, Chris Brown, Jason Derulo, Tinie Tempah and newcomer Lock Essien - who scored a top 10 hit with his single How We Roll - have also received nods.

The ninth annual Urban Music Awards, which are decided by public votes, will be held in London on September 14.

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