Everyone remembers the #BritsSoWhite controversy last year. Well, as we all remember, Stormzy was one of the loudest voices blasting the lack of diversity at the ceremony. They've since worked on the issue in a genuinely respectable way. Obviously, there's some way to go, but they're at least trying. Stormzy sat down with Beats 1's Julie Adenuga to discuss the issue ahead of tomorrow night's Brits and the launch of his debut album, Gun Signs & Prayer, on Friday. Since Stormzy's nominated this time round, Julie pressed him on his feelings about the Brits now and how it's changed over the last 12 months.
"After the fuss I caused last year, I remember seeing the whole backlash of it and thinking: 'Okay. I'm happy it's caused backlash, but I didn't want too much backlash'," he told her. "It could've gone in a weird way of, okay, we haven't supported grime and black music, so let's just go crazy and nominate everyone, and I was thinking that's wrong if someone doesn't deserve an award. But if Little Mix need to win it because they've smashed it this year, they need to win it."
He added: "It doesn't matter about giving it to whoever to make it look good, so that's what I was worried about. After seeing the nominations come out this year, I feel like every single person they nominated, like Skepta being nominated for three, that's right, that's deserved, Kano being nominated, that's deserved, Craig David, it's all deserved."
Stormzy sticks to his guns about the issue but gives them their dues for their response to the backlash: "I was on the flex of like, guys, that was wrong? You know that was wrong; I'm going to tell you off a bit, that was naughty. And I'll put my hands up: I show a lot of respect to the Brits for the way they handled the situation; they said that's fair enough, they adjusted it, and I think everyone won."
Watch the whole clip above.