Lily Allen: Skepta, JME and Stormzy pose ‘direct threat to music industry figures’

The pop singer responded to an article about the lack of diversity in the awards nominations

Lily Allen has called Skepta, JME and Stormzy a ‘direct threat to music industry figures’.

Responding to an article by the Guardian about the lack of black British music talent represented in the BRITs shortlists, the pop star gave her theory as to why there is so little diversity and no recognition in this year’s nominations.

According to the Mirror, Allen wrote on her Facebook page: “The voting academy consists of 1000 music industry figures, and here lies the problem, music industry figures don’t necessarily care about music, they mostly care about themselves, they vote tactically for their labels artists to win or so that their competitors at other labels DONT [sic].”

She continued: “Awards mean £££ and promotions. I don’t think music industry figures (or people that work at major labels) even look at artists as artists when it comes to voting for these things, the artists represent their teams their a+r people, managers, mds, pluggers etc.”


Speaking about Skepta, JME and Stormzy – all prominent figures in the rebirth of grime – she said: “[They] are all unsigned artists, who would gain from them winning anything? In fact them being nominated or even winning poses a direct threat to ‘music industry figures’. Imagine Skepta or Stormzy won, who would they thank in their speeches, who’s ego would get massaged?”

Stormzy himself hit out at the awards earlier this month for failing to recognise grime and underground artists. He told Radio 1: “It was such a great year for grime and underground music… I thought maybe this year it might get celebrated.”

“You know when you’ve got that little bit of hope and that little bit of faith, and then they didn’t. I thought it was such a shame”.

The full nominations for this year’s Brit Awards are as below:

British Male Solo Artist:
Aphex Twin
Calvin Harris
James Bay
Jamie XX
Mark Ronson

British Female Solo Artist:
Amy Winehouse
Florence and Machine
Jess Glynne
Laura Marling

British Group:
Years & Years

British Breakthrough Act:
Catfish and Bottlemen
James Bay
Jess Glynne
Wolf Alice
Years & Years

British Single:
Adele – Hello
Calvin Harris and Disciples – How Deep Is Your Love
Ed Sheeran + Rudimental – Bloodstream
Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do
James Bay – Hold Back The River
Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand
Little Mix – Black Magic
Olly Murs/Demi Lovato – Up
Phillip George – Wish You Were Mine
Years & Years – King

Mastercard British Album of Year
Adele – 25
Coldplay – A Head Full of Dreams
Florence + The Machine – How Big How Blue How Beautiful
James Bay – Chaos and Calm
Jamie xx – In Colour

British Producer of Year:
Charlie Andrew
Mark Ronson
Mike Crossey
Tom Dalgety

British Video of the Year:
Adele – Hello
Calvin Harris and Disciples – How Deep Is Your Love
Ed Sheeran – Photograph
Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do
Jessie J – Flashlight
Little Mix – Black Magic
Naughty Boy ft Beyonce – Runnin’
1D – Drag Me Down
Sam Smith – Writing’s On The Wall
Years & Years – King

International Male Solo Artist:
Father John Misty
Justin Bieber
Kendrick Lamar
The Weeknd

International Female Solo Artist:
Ariana Grande
Courtney Barnett
Lana Del Rey
Meghan Trainor

International Group:
Alabama Shakes
Eagles of Death Metal
Major Lazer
Tame Impala