The Godfather of grime celebrated winning the prize with a striking performance
Wiley continued a brilliant year following the release of his career-best album ‘Godfather’ and his first Top 10 record with a very special prize. He followed in the footsteps of the likes of The Cribs, Elbow and PJ Harvey by picking up the award for Outstanding Contribution To Music – only the seventh artist to be awarded the accolade.
The award recognises the impact Wiley has had on the grime scene and beyond. He invented the genre as part of Roll Deep back in the early noughties and has been an ever-present innovator in the scene since.
The ‘Shutdown’ rapper said: “When I first met this guy, this was someone who never tried to sign me, never tried to own me, never tried to tell me what to do – he always told me to do what I was doing. I’m eternally forever thankful.” He also called Wiley one of his “favourite people on the planet”.
Credit: Andy Ford/NME