The DJ and radio presenter reckons the BRIT Awards got it right this time round. Here, he explains why
“For me, the 2018 BRIT Awards were the most historic thus far. Konan [from London rap duo Krept and Konan] agrees, telling me: ‘The highlight for me watching the BRITs was seeing my bro Stormzy winning two awards and using his performance to talk about real issues that are happening.’
Previously, I’ve never felt any kind of attachment to the awards, apart from four key moments when the artists that I support were featured on the show: So Solid Crew, Dizzee Rascal and Tinie Tempah winning their respective awards; and Kanye West bringing the majority of the grime scene on stage for the debut performance of ‘All Day’, which was a key milestone within grime history.
[South London rapper] Joe Grind tells me: “It made me feel proud to see local faces from our generation and sound of music being involved, nominated and actually win awards in this years BRITs. It shows that our music is not the violent racket that it has said to be in the past, but a form of art which works amazingly alongside other major genres of music.”
And [London MC] Yungen says: “I really enjoyed the BRITs because our culture was so well represented. Even though I wasn’t nominated, I felt it was important to support and be a part of history watching our kings & queens being celebrated for their talents.”
For all his enthusiasm, though, Konan points out that “the BRITs needs to nominate more than four rappers from our scene.”
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