Grime Acts Win Big At This Year's NME Awards

It's been a tremendous year for both Wiley and Skepta and the Grime scene in general. But last night saw the two pioneers take center stage at the NME Awards in Brixton, representing the East London originated sound and it's cimb into the mainstream.



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Despite the main award (Godlike Genius Award) being bagged by the Pet Shop Boys, it was the wins of the London music pioneers that Shutdown the O2 Academy. First Skepta scooped the award for Best Male Artist, presented by an unsurprising fan of his, London Mayor Saadiq Khan. Mayor Khan described the 'Konnichiwa' star as being a "cool and talented" role model before Skepta returned the favor by saying he's a fan of the London Mayor "we do the same thing, go against the grain".


It wasn't long before Skepta would return to the stage after receiving his award, but this time to salute the 'Godfather' himself with the award for Outstanding Contirbution To Music. The music legends embraced on stage (main image) with Skepta leaving this message for Wiley on his Instagram page: "Congratulations to my brother @Wiley_ the living legend. Love you family. This was a tru honour @nmemagazine"


Other winners on the night included MIA who won Best British Female and Frank Ocean who won Best International Male. Read the full winners list below:



Best British Band: Biffy Clyro

Best International Band: Metallica

Best British Male: Skepta

Best British Female: MIA

Best International Male: Frank Ocean

Best International Female: Christine & The Queens

Best New Artist: Dua Lipa

Best Album : Bastille - Wild World

Best Track: Christine And The Queens - Tilted

Best Live Band: The 1975

Best Video: Slaves - Consume Or Be Consumed

Best Festival : Glastonbury

Best Music Film: Oasis - Supersonic

Best TV Series: Fleabag

Best Film: My Scientology Movie

Music Moment of the Year: Coldplay's Viola Beach tribute at Glastonbury

Best Festival Headliner: Adele

Best Small Festival: End of the Road

Villain of the Year: Nigel Farage

Hero of the Year: Beyonce

Worst Band: 5 Seconds Of Summer

Best Reissue: Oasis - Be Here Now


Words: Keisha McDonald


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