The Konnichiwa artist is up for three awards.

Skepta stormed the stage for Kanye West’s BRITs performance in 2015 with a troupe of other grime artists. Two years on, he’s got his own slot at the awards ceremony.

The Brit Awards announced on Twitter last night (February 2) that Skepta will be among the artists performing at this year’s ceremony, alongside the likes of Bruno Mars, Robbie Williams and Emeli Sandé.

Skepta, whose 2016 album Konnichiwa won the Mercury Prize, is nominated for three awards at this year’s BRITS -Best Breakthrough Artist, Best British Male and Album of the Year.

Last year, the awards were heavily criticised for their lack of diversity after BAME musicians were absent from all but the international categories. In response to the #BritsSoWhite backlash, organisers promised to shake up the voting system and this year there are now over 20 nominations for BAME artists.

Skepta was among the artists who welcomed the changes, seconding his manager Grace Ladoja’s comments who wrote on Instagram: “They have to accept us as equals… They have to accept there is a new blueprint in music.”

The Brit Awards takes place on February 22 at The O2, London. Other artists up for awards include Kano, Stormzy, Calvin Harris, David Bowie, Anohni, Radiohead, Christine and the Queens and A Tribe Called Quest.

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