As we all know, the 2015 Brit Awards were rightly shrouded in controversy surrounding their choice to shun Black artists and completely ignore Grime music. Undoubtedly the most impactful music genre right now.
As a culture 2015 saw Grime music, style and language infiltrate the mainstream dominating the charts and pop culture. Artists such as Stormzy, BBK and Section Boyz waved the flag for us worldwide. Putting Black British culture on the map. So, when we stood up to the Brits I rejoiced. Kano started the #BritsSoWhite campaign, Laura Mvula boycotted the awards and Stormzy hit out on his “One Take Freestyle”. Testament to our influence we garnered support from musicians such as Lily Allen who describes the awards as “blind to black talent”.
Our voice reached all four corners of the world and we disrupted the awards. BPI Chairman Ged Doherty even met with Stormzy to discuss the issue, and during an interview with The Guardian he pledged to make the “Brit awards less white next year”. This week the award show announced an “overhaul” of its voting system, 718 panellists will join the voting panel. BAME voters will now make up 17% of the voting panel up from 15% last year.
I guess this is an improvement and the focus is now on whether the nominations correctly represent our influence. However, of late I have been on this fuck them vibe. As a culture we are clearly the most influential. Youth culture is now Black British culture. As much as I want to see my people celebrated, I don’t think something as insignificant as a Brit award changes this.
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