Stormzy hits out at lack of grime recognition at Brit Awards 2016

London MC says 2015 was a great year for grime and underground music

Stormzy has commented on the lack of representation for grime artists in this year’s Brit Awards nominations.

The Brit Awards 2016 will be held next month, with the nominations revealed earlier this month. The likes of Lana Del Rey, Drake and Wolf Alice have picked up nominations, but grime artists are notably absent.

Stormzy, one of the frontrunners in the grime resurgence, has described the lack of representation for the genre as “such a shame”.


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”.

However, Stormzy has said that he remains optimistic of mainstream recognition for the genre: “It’s just a matter of breaking the doors down and carrying on”.

Listen to the interview in full below.

Stormzy recently made headlines when his song ‘Shut Up’ was covered by an elderly busker in London.

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