Jay Sean has exclusively revealed to MTV.co.uk that he feels "extremely honoured" to have received the Outstanding Achievement In Music accolade at The Asian Awards 2011.

The Down hitmaker, who returned from America especially for the ceremony held at London's Grosvenor House last night, told us he is "flattered" to have been given the award, especially as it comes from his own community.

Speaking of his win, Jay stated: "Being given an award for anything is flattering, but for the title to be 'Outstanding Achievement' makes me feel happy for the fact that I know I've worked long and hard, but when people recognise that, it's a beautiful thing. It's super flattering and I'm very humbled by it."

When asked about how it feels to have been awarded the accolade by the Asian community, the singer claimed: "We are so successful in so many different fields but maybe people don't know who's doing what until we are all gathered in one room."

He explained: "When the community comes together to appreciate each others efforts and achievements, I think that's a great thing. It's like when you have the MOBO Awards, or different awards in certain communities or circles, a few people in that circle feel like 'you know what, we need to celebrate ourselves' because maybe the larger mainstream events might not recognise it. It doesn't mean we can't celebrate our success."

Jay continued: "So, when you have these minority awards, I think it's even more important to represent them because you need that extra little help, because everything is on that massive mainstream level but it can get there if all the right people support it."

Indian composer AR Raham won the same award last year, and speaking of following in his footsteps, Sean claimed: "It's pretty mad, I'm still young. I feel extremely honoured for that. It would be lovely to meet him, he's done so much."

The event paid tribute to late Queen legend Freddie Mercury, with Jay admitting that the Who Wants To Live Forever singer was "super important" to him, adding: "He was one of the first guys with an ethnic background who made it on a mainstream level globally. So that's always a massive deal, we need these people."


By Joanne Dorken

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