As one of Hip Hop’s most influential artists, Grandmaster Flash has rightfully been given the recognition he’s deserved for a career that spans from the 1970’s to his latest release The Bridge. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007 alongside The Furious Five, Flash will add to his regiment of accolades with the UMA Living Legend Award.

The New York deejay will be presented with his award during the Urban Music Awards on July 17th at the Highline Ballroom in Manhattan. Jordan Kensington, founder of the UMA, explained why Flash was the right choice. “Flash is an absolute legend and he remains an inspiration to the Hip Hop culture all together by flying the flag from its inception to the success it has become today. The Urban Music Awards fans across countries even as far as Japan, Africa, United Kingdom, Dubai, Caribbean, and throughout America have voted Flash to receive this people’s choice award which goes to show how much of an impact Grandmaster Flash has made worldwide.”

With over 175,000 people across the world voting for the Bronx-native, Flash humbly stated, “I am honored to receive this award and I can’t wait to attend the awards show in July. The Urban Music Awards is different from all other awards shows because it represents the whole world.” Adding Flash, “Our music is main stream and we have to connect with our fans from all around the world to build an even bigger community so thank you to all my fans worldwide and the UMA for this opportunity.”

Tickets for the Urban Music Awards are on sale now and can be purchased at their official website

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