Little Simz and Jorja Smith among performers at Music Industry Trusts awards ceremony honoring Jamal Edwards

Next month, Jamal Edwards will be honored with this year’s MITS award, making him the youngest and first posthumous recipient, and today (October 28) it was revealed that Little Simz, Jorja Smith, Mahalia and Max Cyrus will perform at the event to pay tribute to Edwards.

Mahalia says of Edwards: “The first time I met Jamal I was 12 in a field at Bestival. At first he kinda looked at me like I was crazy, then he smiled and said “go on with it then”. later he put me on SBTV for my first official online performance. He was one of the first people to really believe in me and give me a platform and I will always feel in some way indebted to him. His impact on popular music and where the industry today really can’t be overstated. Love you forever, Jam.”

The MITS award will be presented to Edwards’ family in November at a gala ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. The event will be held in aid of the BRIT Trust, Nordoff Robbins and the Jamal Edwards Self Belief Trust.

His mother Brenda Edwards said of the award in a statement, “It is very humbling for the family to accept this award on behalf of our beloved Jamal and we are thrilled that MITS is shining a light on the Jamal Edwards Self. Belief Trust alongside the BRIT Trust and Nordoff Robbins We know Jamal will look down on us on November 7 – bursting with pride that his absolute love of the music industry and giving back to the less fortunate in society has been so recognised. Thank you Mits!”

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