Grime @ The BRIT Awards: Kano
After a year of under-representation, our series takes a look into grime's increasing prevalence at music's biggest night in Britain
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As the BRIT Awards look to become more inclusive and diverse, in our series 'Grime @ The BRIT Awards', Myles McCaulskey looks into grime's increasing prevalence at music's biggest night in Britain
Nomination: Mastercard British Album of the Year, British Male Solo Artist
Kano is a legend in the UK Grime/Rap scene hands down. From early releases such as Home Sweet Home (2005) which had iconic tunes such as Ps &Qs and Brown Eyes to his most recent project Made in the Manor (2016) featuring the likes of Giggs, JME & Wiley, Kano just like Skepta and others are pioneers of UK music who are only getting the credit they deserve now.
Made in the Manor was critically acclaimed album being named in NME’s Albums of the Year in 2016 earning a respectable 15th place, whilst The Independent deemed placed in in the top ten, at 8th place.
Additionally, Kano received his Mercury Award Nomination for the project, whilst he also won Best Album at the 2016 MOBO Awards. I also forgot to mention that this was his highest charting album reaching No. 8 in the UK Albums Chart.
Kano’s versatility admirable too. Vivid pictures of the East End on tracks like This Is England to high tempo energetic songs like 3 Wheel Ups (feat. Wiley & Giggs), Kano knows when and how to switch up his sound for his audience, keeping them interested in his sound and waiting for the next single or project.
At the BRIT Awards 2017, Kano was nominated for a Mercury Award, well it was Skepta who beat him to the award. That’s what I call friendly competition. Let’s see what happens on the night.
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