Teen shortlisted for Best Pop Group at Forest City London Music Awards

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A year ago, Bella Rosa was happy to participate in the High School Battle of the Bands.

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She didn’t win, but the 15-year-old singer from London is back competing at the Forest City London Music Awards, this time in the pop category with the pros.

She is one of dozens of local musicians nominated for the awards, and organizers are urging the public to vote online to determine the winners, which will be celebrated during London Music Week from June 19-26.

The public can vote online at fclma.ca for nominees in 24 categories. Voting ends May 6.

“It’s crazy because I didn’t expect it,” said the Grade 10 student at St. Josephine Bakhita Catholic Secondary School, an online school of the London District Catholic School Board.

“It never crossed my background. It’s incredible.”

Bella Rosa is nominated along with Drives the Common Man, Lost in Japan, Chad Price, Paris Monroe, Sarina Haggarty and New Friends.

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“Most likely she is the youngest nominee we have ever had,” said the awards’ founder and president, Mario Circelli.

“I think the nominating teams did an exceptional job putting together the nominee lists and now it’s in the hands of the public. This is one of the most diverse candidate pools we’ve ever had. We have a lot of new names and new faces nominated. It really shows how hard and how hard these artists have been working, recording and releasing new music throughout and despite the pandemic.

The Jazz, World Music and Classical Music Awards will be announced at a gala on June 19 at Aeolian Hall and all other categories will be announced on June 26 at London Music Hall.

London Music Week will feature showcases and events, including Battle of the High School Bands on June 24 at London Music Hall and a day of workshops, seminars and speakers at SoundCheck for Success Professional Development Day on June 25. June.

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The awards committee is expected to announce the Forest City Music Hall of Fame inductees and those who will receive lifetime achievement awards in the coming weeks.

Circelli urged the public to vote for their favorite artists.

“We must support our musical artists at the local level, who will become the provincial, national and international stars of tomorrow,” he said.

“If we don’t support and encourage our artists now, there really is no future. All the great artists make their debut locally.

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Nominees in the four most popular categories of the Forest City London Music Awards:

Pop

Drive the common man

Lost in Japan

Beautiful Rose

Chad prices

Paris Monroe

Sarina Hagarty

New friends

The country

Aaron Allen

Adam Cousins

Patrick James Clark

Lindsey and the Lonely

The Rizdales

Genevieve Fisher

The Scott Howarth Group

rock

Brother Leeds

texan king

basic white

Lost in Japan

Status No status

golden tongue

Goodbye Stanleys

Fan favorite

Michael Trudgen

Tom Dunphy Country Classics Music Show

the koala

Mad Moxxis

The bastards

Kate Channer

Unnamed Friends

The Amazing Melting Man

Empress Acha

Asante

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