Grime @ The BRIT Awards: Skepta
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, British Breakthrough Act
The Tottenham native’s career with the BRITs is relatively new. His career however is not.
Skepta has been a massive part of the UK Grime scene since the early 2000s, with projects such as Microphone Champion (2009), Blacklisted (2012) and Konnichiwa (2016) on most grime scene fans playlist, it’s hard to see how he wasn’t nominated prior to 2017.
Most BRIT Award audiences would recall their first interaction with Skepta in 2015 when he and other key members of the Grime scene graced the stage for a fire fuelled energetic performance of Kanye West’s “All Day”. A controversial performance which Skepta reflected upon through his single Shutdown. A track which went down as one of the biggest songs of 2015 and solidified his relationship with Canadian-American rapper Drake on a global stage.
Fast forward to 2017 and with the release of critically acclaimed album Konnichiwa which entered in at Number 2 in the UK Albums Chart in 2016, features with artists such as Drake and Wizkid, Skepta is a pioneer for the UK Music Scene and a voice for a culture that has felt under represented at the BRIT Awards until now.
He’s nominated for three awards this year. I hope he wins at least one. It would be a massive moment for the Grime Scene.
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