Paloma Faith wins her first BRIT as Kanye West shares stage with South London rappers Novelist and Stormzy

BRIT award winner Paloma Faith  Pic: Wikimedia Commons

BRIT award winner Paloma Faith
Pic: Joshua Hayes


Paloma Faith won her first BRIT at the 35th instalment of the annual awards ceremony that also saw South London rappers Stormzy and Novelist join Kanye West on stage.

The 33-year-old singer-songwriter Faith grew up in Stoke Newington and won her first Brit award for best female artist. She had been nominated three times in the past and this was Faith’s first win.

Upon receiving the award, the singer said: “I used to fly-poster for my Hackney gigs and I’ve been arrested twice for doing that, and now I’ve seen that my pictures are all over Greenwich tube station legally – and that’s an amazing feeling.”

Faith took home the trophy beating Ella Henderson, FKA Twigs, Jessie Ware and Lily Allen.

She said: “It’s taken me fourteen years to stand up here and accept this award and it means so much to me. I want to dedicate this to all the underdogs and all the grafters.”

The Awards were also a big night for south London rappers Stormzy, Krept & Konan and Novelist as they joined Kanye West on stage for the debut of his new track, ‘All Day’.

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West was a last minute addition to the line-up after Rihanna had to cancel. The rappers were given the opportunity to be a part of the performance in order to fill the empty stage.

Grime artist Stormzy, from Croydon, who came in third place in the BBC Music Sound of 2015 list, will release his first single on March 8.

West was also accompanied by the hip hop duo Krept & Konan. Casyo “Krept” Johnson, Gipsy Hill, and Karl “Konan” Wilson, Thornton Heath, are best known for their mix-tape ‘Young Kingz’ entering the top 20 UK albums chart last year. They also broke the world record for the highest charting UK album by unsigned act in 2014.

Former Deputy Young Mayor of Lewisham, Kojo Kankam, better known as Novelist, was also seen on stage with West. The 18-year-old rapper is founder of ‘The Square’ crew who were nominated for best grime act at the 2014 MOBO Awards.

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