The Brit Awards 2017 Salute Grime Artists In Nominations

Organisers of this year's Brit Awards 2017 definitely stuck to their word about shaking things up a bit. After fans of the award ceremony and music artists alike showed their outrage at the lack of nominated black artists, the Brits vowed to make this year much more gender balanced and diverse.


And they have (rightfully) done just that.


Included in this year's nominees list are Skepta, Craig David, Kano, Stormzy and more! Check the full list below:

British Female Solo Artist

Ellie Goulding
Lianne La Havas
Emeli Sande

British Male Solo Artist 

Craig David
David Bowie
Michael Kiwanuka

British Single 

ZAYN – ‘Pillowtalk’
Clean Bandit Ft. Sean Paul and Anne-Marie – ‘Rockabye’
Tinie Tempah Ft. Zara Larsson – ‘Girls Like’
Jonas Blue Ft. Dakota – ‘Fast Car’
James Arthur – ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’
Alan Walker – ‘Faded’
Coldplay – ‘Hymn For The Weekend’
Calum Scott – ‘Dancing On My Own’
Little Mix –‘Shoutout To My Ex’
Calvin Harris Ft. Rihanna – ‘This Is What You Came For’

British Group

Biffy Clyro
The 1975
Little Mix

 British Breakthrough Act (Decided by you!)

Rag ‘n’ Bone Man

 British Artist Video of The Year (Decided by you!)

Adele – ‘Send My Love’
Clean Bandit FT. Sean Paul and Anne-Marie – ‘Rockabye’
Coldplay – ‘Hymn For The Weekend’
Rihanna FT. Calvin Harris – ‘This Is What You Came For’
James Arthur – ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’
Jonas Blue FT. Dakota – ‘Fast Car’
Little Mix FT. Sean Paul – ‘Hair’
One Direction – ‘History’
Tinie Tempah FT. Zara Larsson – ‘Girls Like’
Zayn – ‘Pillowtalk’

International Male Solo Artist

Bon Iver
Bruno Mars
Leonard Cohen
The Weeknd

International Female Solo Artist 

Christine and the Queens

International Group 

21 Pilots
A Tribe Called Quest
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Drake and Future
Kings Of Leon

 British Album Of The Year

The 1975 – ‘I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It’
David Bowie –‘Blackstar’
Kano – ‘Made In The Manor’
Michael Kiwanuka – ‘Love and Hate’
Skepta – ‘Konnichiwa’

After being named the best grime act of 2014 and 2015 at the MOBO Awards not to mention the BBC’s Sound of 2015, Stormzy tweeted his frustrations at the disregard to recognise the achievements of grime in the Brits Nominations 2016 saying:

"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. It’s just a matter of breaking the doors down and carrying on.”


But just yesterday, the star was seen celebrating being nominated for this year's awards with family and friends.

WARNING! The following footage may contain language that some may find offensive.



Stormzy and his friends are excited about his #Brits nomination #stormzy #britawards #nomination #nominee

A video posted by THE COLOUR NETWORK (@thecolournetwork) on


Chairman of the BPI, Ged Doherty admitted that it was the 'Shut Up' hit maker's comments that sparked the change that many BAME artists were looking for.

“I knew it was something we needed to address,” he said. “Our survey of the academy showed it was older than we wanted and was leaning 70-30 in favour of men.

“So when I met Stormzy I thanked him for speaking out, because if I’m being honest we weren’t being as quick as I would have liked and this gave us all a kick to get on with it.”


The Brit Awards are due to air on February 22nd 2017.


Words: Keisha McDonald


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