The BRITS: Stormzy, Politics, Prayers and Orange Lamborghini’s

First of all, I just want to say a huge CONGRATULATIONS to Stormzy for winning Best Male and Best Album at lasts nights prestigious Brit Awards. Not only that but ‘Gang Signs and Prayer’ just went platinum! EEYYYYY…

Last night, the music industry filled the o2 arena to celebrate a night of British music, and as they woke up with their hangovers this morning, the one thing they will remember is how Stormzy stole the show. Against artists such as Ed Sheeran, Liam Gallagher and Rag ’n’ Bone Man, he won two major awards and gave an iconic performance that will go down in Brit’s history!

Despite how you feel about Stormzy, ’Gang Signs and Prayer’ is a great album that has done a lot for grime in this country. In the spirit of the album, Stormzy made sure that he gave God the glory in his acceptance speeches. In the closing performance of the Brits (the biggest of the night), he opened by bringing gospel to the Brits with ‘Blinded By Your Grace part 2’. However the moment that everyone will remember, whether they were in the arena or watching from their TV’s, was his rap in the middle of his performance:

“Yo Theresa May, where’s the money for Grenfell? What, you thought we just forgot about Grenfell? You criminals, and you’ve got the cheek to call us savages, you should do some jail time, you should pay some damages, you should burn your house down and see if you can manage this.”

It needed to be said, and it was the ‘voice of the people’ that said it… This afternoon the response from Theresa May’s spokesperson to the mirror said that:

“She’s determined that the public inquiry will discover not just what went wrong but why the voices of the people of Grenfell had been ignored over so many years.”

Thought’s anyone? Social media is awaiting Stormzy’s response.. so watch this space.

The rest of Stormzy’s rap speaks for itself, with lyrics that represent change, and which made that performance, what many are describing as Iconic:

“I see my people on my tele, I feel alive. Jourdan Dunn up on them billboards I feel the pride, and Daniel Kaluuya won the BAFTA, I could’ve cried. I fully ride cars, royalty we are, yeah man i’m royalty, I need all my royalties advanced. I’ve got two sisters, one black mum, they raised a prince. Raised up by black girl magic, what did you think, huh?”

Kendrick Lamar was at this years Brits following his two shows at the o2 last week and the opening week of ‘Black Panther’. After winning ‘best international male’, he took to the stage to perform ‘Feel’ and ‘New Freezer’. The audience was loving it as Rich the Kid smashed up an orange Lamborghini, but the TV ‘censored’ version was frustrating to say the least. Think back to Kanye’s brits performance for reference. Stress.

The only award that was truly frustrating this year was British breakthrough act, just after Dua Lipa was announced the winner, words such as ‘fixed’ were echoing around the concours’s in the arena. Fair enough, she’s made moves this year, but in a category with J Hus, Dave, Sampha and Loyle Carner. Without going off on a tangent/rant, it’s pretty obvious why Dua Lipa won. Cough *because she’s a woman and they needed another woman so they wouldn’t end up getting bashed by the media like the Grammy’s did* cough.

Anyway, the rest of the show was surprisingly varied. The final shout out has to go to Jorja Smith’s duet with Rag ’n’ Bone Man, those vocals were incredible!

In Summary: Jack Whitehall was absolutely hilarious, Stormzy stole the show, J Hus should’ve won British breakthrough (subject to opinion but that is mine), and overall the Brit’s did a pretty good job of not making it all about ‘pop’ music this year.

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Amie Croft