Never one to shy away from timely opinion-sharing, Lily Allen has offered her two pennies’ worth on the glaring lack of grime artists nominated at this year’s BRITS, via a (since-deleted) Facebook rant.
Responding to an article in the Guardian, the singer wrote: “The voting academy consists of 1000 music industry figures, and here lies the problem, music industry figures don’t necessarily care about music, they mostly care about themselves, they vote tactically for their labels artists to win or so that their competitors at other labels DONT.”
She continued: “Awards mean £££ and promotions. i don’t think music industry figures (or people that work at major labels) even look at artists as artists when it comes to voting for these things, the artists represent their teams their a+r people, managers, mds, pluggers etc…Skepta JME and Stormzy are all unsigned artists, who would gain from them winning anything? In fact them being nominated or even winning poses a direct threat to ‘music industry figures’.”
Cast an eye over the nominations and decide for yourself.