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Stormzy wins Best Male Artist and Best Album at 2018 BRIT awards and sends for Theresa May

Stormzy left the 2018 BRIT awards a big winner, winning Best Male Artist and the last award of the night, Best Album, for his chart-topping debut effort, Gang Signs and Prayer.

The BRITs had finally recognised talent from the UK urban scene and followed through in handing out two of its biggest awards to Stormzy. who ended the night with a poignant message, using a huge platform to evoke positive change.

Despite not winning, the four nominations J Hus and Dave received between them mark strong progress for the pair.

Hus released one of the best albums of 2017 with Common Sense, lead by the platinum-certified JAE-produced smash, ‘Did You See’, which saw him get the nod for Best Male Artist, Best Album and British Breakthrough Act. Common Sense can’t be labelled into one genre but still managed to introduce an entirely fresh and unique sound, surpassing all expectations people had of the album, landing at #6 in the charts.

Dave joins him in the latter category having put out a top-20 hit in ‘No Words (feat MoStack)’ and a top-40 with ‘How I Met My Ex’ from his Game Over EP, which landed at #13 in the Album Charts. That project was preceded by a sold-out nationwide tour, as well as a co-sign from Drake on ‘Wanna Know (Remix)’.

The night itself saw a host of live performances. Jorja Smith and Rag N’ Bone Man combined for a joint-live performance early on, adding to further showings from the likes of Justin Timberlake, Rita Ora, Liam Payne, with Stormzy ending the show after picking up his second award of the night for Best Album.

The stage was dimly lit with the spotlight and a rain shower introducing Stormzy, who begun his performance with ‘Blinded By Your Grace’ and also sent for Teresa May about her lack of action with regards to Grenfell Tower.

The blaze occurred because safety measures were compromised in order to cut back on costs. In the aftermath of the incident, Theresa May chose not to greet residents and in the months since, many are still without permanent housing. Stormzy’s decision to call out the Prime Minister on her neglect for the communities impacted by the fire was bold and painfully necessary. considering the BRIts are one of the biggest music awards in the UK.

Jorja Smith beat Stefflon Don and Mabel to the Critics’ choice award, Dua Lipa won twice for Best Female Artist and British Breakthrough Act, Ed Sheeran took home the gong for Global Success and Rag N’Bone Man won Best British Single for ‘Human’.

Here’s the full list of winners from the 2018 BRIT awards:

 

British male solo artist

Stormzy
Ed Sheeran
Liam Gallagher
Loyle Carner
Rag’n’Bone Man

 

British female solo artist

Dua Lipa
Jessie Ware
Kate Tempest
Laura Marling
Paloma Faith

 

British album

Stormzy – Gangs Signs & Prayer
Dua Lipa – Dua Lipa
Ed Sheeran – ÷
J Hus – Common Sense
Rag’n’Bone Man – Human

 

British group

Gorillaz
London Grammar
Royal Blood
Wolf Alice
The xx

 

British breakthrough act

Dua Lipa
Dave
J Hus
Loyle Carner
Sampha

 

British single

Rag’n’Bone Man – Human
Calvin Harris – Feels (feat. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean)
Clean Bandit – Symphony (feat. Zara Larsson)
Dua Lipa – New Rules
Ed Sheeran – Shape of You
J Hus – Did You See
Jax Jones – U Don’t Know Me (feat Raye)
Jonas Blue – Mama (feat. William Singe)
Liam Payne – Strip That Down (feat. Quavo)
Little Mix – Touch

 

British artist video

Harry Styles – Sign of the Times
Anne-Marie – Ciao Adios
Calvin Harris – Feels (feat. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean)
Clean Bandit – Symphony (feat. Zara Larsson)
Dua Lipa – New Rules
Ed Sheeran – Shape of You
Jonas Blue – Mama (feat. William Singe)
Liam Payne – Strip That Down (feat. Quavo)
Little Mix – Touch
Zayn & Taylor Swift – I Don’t Want to Live Forever

 

International male solo artist

Kendrick Lamar
Beck
Childish Gambino
DJ Khaled
Drake

 

International female solo artist

Lorde
Alicia Keys
Björk
Pink
Taylor Swift

 

International group

Foo Fighters
Arcade Fire
Haim
The Killers
LCD Soundsystem

 

Global success award

Ed Sheeran

 

Critics’ choice

Jorja Smith 

 

British producer

Steve Mac 

 

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