The founder of SB.TV is one of the youngest to be named to the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.
Jamal Edwards is to be given an MBE for revolutionizing the UK music scene with the creation of SB.TV, the YouTube channel he created while in his teens. The channel has since launched the careers of multiple musicians, including Ed Sheeran, and has allowed Jamal to work with some of Britain’s music superstars.
“I’m honoured to be one of the youngest people awarded with an MBE on this year’s New Honours List,” he wrote in a Facebook post, “Never in a million years did I ever think I would receive such an accolade. For me, this is about us, the YOUTH. With so much negativity around us, it’s hard sometimes to stay positive and fight for your dreams.”
He continued the post by reminding his viewers about the importance of investing in themselves and taking their futures into their own hands.
“When I started my YouTube channel, I was working at Topman. I worked there for four years, investing in myself. The world won’t help you, I learnt that early. You have to help yourself. You have to invest to better your life. This, too, means that we as the YOUTH actually can change the world, you just have to be proactive, then the world will notice you when the time is right.”
The announcement closed a big year for Jamal, which included launching the Queen’s Young Leaders Programme with Prince Harry and the Duke of Cambridge, an appearance at Britain’s We Day celebration and participation in this past month’s Leaders Live debates.