It was one of the biggest nights of Stormzy’s career last night as he picked up two BRIT Awards - for best British male and British album of the year. But instead of simply enjoying his hard-earned success, the south London rapper stunned the audience and viewers at home with a powerful political stage performance.
The 24-year-old used his time to launch a scathing attack on Theresa May and her government for its poor handling of the aftermath of the Grenfell tragedy that left 71 people dead last year.
He rapped during his performance: “Yo, Theresa May, where’s that money for Grenfell? You just forgot about Grenfell.
“You’re criminals, and you’ve got the cheek to call us savages, you should do some jail-time, you should pay some damages, we should burn your house down and see if you can manage this.”
And he also turned his fury on the right-wing press, saying: “Will someone tell the Daily Mail they can suck my…?”
Pretty much everyone was incredibly moved by the power of the performance.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeted: “Congratulations @Stormzy1 for winning your first #BRIT award, and what a powerful performance. #Grenfell”
English model Jourdan Dunn said: “Stormzy for Prime Minster.”
Matt Johnson added: “Best Brits moment for a long, long time.”
Congrats to @Stormzy1 best album and best male solo artist at the #BRITs2018. He’s changed the game, his story is so inspiring and his music has given a voice to a generation of young people living in our inner cities. Respect and love from Tottenham 👊🏾✊🏾— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) February 21, 2018
Thank you for speaking truth to power, @Stormzy1. "Theresa May where’s the money for Grenfell? You think we forgot about Grenfell?” he sang live on the #BRITs. In Kensington we will never forget. We will never stop fighting for Justice. No justice, no peace.— Emma Dent Coad (@emmadentcoad) February 21, 2018
Stormzy said after the performance: “Love you all, thank you, thank God, emotional, overwhelmed, speechless…gonna go have a drink and party with my family.”
Although somewhat awkwardly, the Daily Mail still tweeted out a message of congratulations for the rapper’s success. Maybe they just didn’t hear the whole ‘screw you Daily Mail’ part of the performance? Oops.
The night was filled with other highlights including Liam Gallagher’s moving performance dedicated to those killed in the Manchester Arena bombing last year.
And in a lighter moment, everyone fell in love with Este Haim’s antics.
She even tweeted after: “Not drunk, just living my truth.”
Here is a list of all the winners at the 2018 Brit Awards:
- British female solo artist: Dua Lipa
- British male solo artist: Stormzy
- International group: Foo Fighters
- British single: Rag’n’Bone Man - ‘Human’
- International male: Kendrick Lamar
- British breakthrough act: Dua Lipa
- International female: Lorde
- British group: Gorillaz
- Global success: Ed Sheeran
*UPDATE*: This morning, Theresa May responded to Stormzy, with Metro.co.uk reporting that her official spokesperson said: “The Prime Minister has been very clear that Grenfell is an unimaginable tragedy that should never be allowed to happen again. The public inquiry was set up by the Prime Minister to establish what went so tragically wrong and why people weren’t listened to for so many years. She has met with the families and survivors on a number of occasions.”