The Grammy Awards have always been controversial. For as long as they’ve existed (61 years), their results have been hotly debated. This year, however, “music’s biggest night” was perhaps its most controversial ever. Already on the back-foot thanks to pandemic restrictions, with no live audience and awards presented on an outdoor stage, the ceremony netted its lowest ratings to date and was mired in accusations of less than objective voting processes (see: The Weeknd).
For obvious reasons, our own homegrown artists aren’t really represented in the same way as their stateside counterparts. That’s understandable, to a certain degree, but since 2015 UK music has been connecting with U.S. music fans in a whole new way, from Kanye at The Brits to Drake’s continued love affair with all things British. We know the past six years have been stacked with the kind of UK rap, drill and grime that would make waves over there, so to catch them up on some of the albums and mixtapes that we feel deserve some shine, here’s our list of Grammy-worthy gems since 2015.