Brit Awards 2018: Stormzy scoops Ed Sheeran to win top prizes

Brit Awards 2018: Stormzy scoops Ed Sheeran to win top prizes
From BBC - February 21, 2018

South London grime superstar Stormzy beat Ed Sheeran to the main prizes in a surprise result at the Brit Awards.

Stormzy, who seemed overwhelmed when he won best British male and best British album for Gang Signs and Prayer, also closed the show and criticised the PM's handling of the Grenfell tragedy.

Sheeran did not go home empty-handed - he was given the global success award.

Dua Lipa won best British female and the breakthrough award, while Gorillaz were named best British group.

But the night belonged to Stormzy, who held his head in his hands as he walked to the stage to accept best male, and fell to the ground when he was named winner of British album.

He told the crowd Gang Signs And Prayer - the UK's first grime album to reach number one last March - was "the hardest thing" he had done and gave "all the glory to God".

He said: "I have never worked on something like this in my life. We made something I feel that is undeniable, that I can stand by today."

The star also used a freestyle between songs at the end of the show to deliver a blistering criticism of the prime minister's handling of the Grenfell Tower fire.

"Yo, Theresa May, where's that money for Grenfell?" he rapped. "What, you thought we just forgot about Grenfell?"

Ed Sheeran had the biggest commercial success of 2017, but wo not have begrudged Stormzy his wins - before the ceremony, he said he wanted the Croydon rapper to win best album.

"I think he made the album of the year, personally," Sheeran told BBC 5 live. The pair performed together at last year's show on a remix of Shape Of You.

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Dua Lipa was the only other artist to walk away with two awards at the ceremony, in London's O2 Arena.

In one of the night's most touching moments, she took her younger brother and sister on stage as she accepted her award for best breakthrough and told them, with millions watching: "I love you."

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Dua Lipa told 5 live afterwards that it was "a spur of the moment thing", adding: "Everything I do is to show my little brother and sister that they can do whatever they put their minds to, and I guess I want to be a good role model for them."

Earlier, she used her acceptance speech for best British female to send a message of female strength.

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