Grime’s impact gets recognised.

Skepta’s 2015 anthem ‘Shutdown’ has been nominated for an Ivor Novello award.

The track – produced by co-nominee Ragz Originale – has been included in the Best Contemporary Song category, alongside British duo Snakehips and Roots Manuva.

The nominations seek to “recognise the songwriters and composers, along with their UK music publisher” and will be judged by the “the UK songwriting and composing community.” The 61st annual Ivor Novello awards take place May 19 in London.

It’s the first time grime has been recognised since Dizzee Rascal was given an Inspiration award at the 2010 ceremony.

Skepta was set to make his Coachella debut last Friday but revealed that his work visa had been denied, preventing him from entering the US.

“Love to everybody that wanted to see me on tour this month, my U.S visa has been denied and I am not allowed in America right now,” he told fans on Instagram.

Whether the Tottenham rapper will be able to get into the US for his performance at Coachella’s second weekend remains unclear, but he’s working on it: “Still taking forward steps and forever working with God. Brb.”

Skepta recently confirmed that he has been working with Pharrell on his hotly anticipated new album Konnichiwa, which is due out May 6Hear latest single ‘Man’ and revisit our feature on how the Boy Better Know crew have revolutionized grime.




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