BEMZ has been crowned the BBC Introducing Scottish Act of the Year.

The Nigerian-born star, whose real name is Jubemi Iyiku, performed alongside three other incredible finalists at the award ceremony, hosted by Phoebe Inglis-Holmes and Shereen Cutkelvin, earlier this week.

He, along with Dictator, Vanives, and Lizzie Reid, made up the shortlist which had been whittled down from a longlist of nearly 500 acts.

In the end, it was Bemz that lifted the coveted title judged by a panel that included some of the most influential figures in music.

Speaking of his win, Bemz said: “I’m so buzzing to - not only be affiliated with - but to have achieved the title of Act of the Year.

"To have walked away with a win is nothing less than amazing and it means so much to myself, my friends, my family and to everyone who has supported my music for the longest time. To be able to bring this home for the scene feels incredible.

"Thank you so much to the BBC, the judges and to everyone who has supported me in reaching such a brilliant achievement. Thank you.”

Since the release of his debut EP Saint of Lost Causes in 2020, Bemz has become a key player in the Scottish music scene.

Last year, he released his highly anticipated EP M4, which made the shortlist for The Weekender's EP of the Year Award in 2021.

Bemz is now looking ahead to a massive 2022 schedule with a King Tut's show on May 19, as well as festival slots at The Great Escape, Riverside and TRNSMT.