I couldn’t help but wake up this morning with the feeling that we’d been ripped off at the Brits last night. All day TV & newspapers were talking about this thing we call Grime. Articles on Stormzy & Skepta dominated headlines and after least years controversy surrounding a lack of diversity at the awards we all thought this would be the year. Yet, when no grime artists walked away with any award I wasn’t even shocked. It felt like they’d only been nominated to keep people quiet. But it wasn’t all bad.
All the news and publicity surrounding the scene has to be scene a positive. But the real stand out, inspiring moments came from Skepta’s live performance of Shut Down. He stood alone in the centre of the stage. No hype man, no backing dancers. Just him, & he smashed it. Social media moaned about the cutting out of audio during several parts of the song including the chorus which made it very stop start for people watching at home, but his energy & dominance could not be silenced! He owned it, not only did he own the stage he brought real life lyrical content to prime time television and received a standing ovation from the crowd, including Simon Cowell.
Then at the end of the night Ed Sheeran brought out man like Big Mike to duppy the show once and for all. A hugely impressive performance from the duo will be sure to increase Stormzy’s profile on the global stage, and as his first solo album is dropping on Friday, it’s come at the perfect time. Stormzy even tweeted after he show that it had been one of the best days of his life.
So what did we learn from this experience?
Grime has come along way since its days of pirate radio & Risky Roads DVDs. In fact, it’s come so far that the media & industry can longer ignore it. This is the sound of the British streets. This is our culture & it’s here to stay. But as far as acceptance goes by the mainstream, we’re still lacking in some places but that’s cool. Everyone loves an underdog, plus who needs the Brits when we’ve got The MOBOs & The Rated Awards?