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Youth Music Awards 2023 Winners: TL

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Get to know the trailblazing winners across the 12 categories at the Youth Music Awards 2023 in association with Hal Leonard Europe.

Award presenter Kojey Radical, award winner TL and Kenny Barbet, PRS for Music spokesperson
Award presenter Kojey Radical (L), award winner TL (M) and Kenny Barber, PRS for Music spokesperson (R) / Credit: Connie Burke

TL - Time Will Tell


TL won the Lyricist Award sponsored by PRS for Music.

One of TL's best friends, Damzy, was murdered in summer 2021. He had just finished his GCSEs (and ended up getting higher grades than expected). However, he had gotten mixed up with dangerous people, a big part being through a girl he was going out with. "Time Will Tell" expresses TL's emotions around this, how the events went down and how it still affects him to this day. It is in part a way for him to keep memory of his friend alive. It uses TL's hard hitting raw wordplay, (internal) rhymes and range of intelligent flows. It is a deeply emotional song that has not yet been released. The raw emotional power behind this song really stands out.

Speaking on the award win, TL said:

“I’m speechless right now, I'm lost for words. It does a mean a lot, I've put a lot of work into this song, trying to focus on where the beat lands and how my lyrics are meant to relate to other people that have suffered from the same thing.”


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