GRM Daily X KA Drinks hosted the Rated Awards at The Roundhouse, Camden recognising UK Rap and Grime for the third year running hosted by Capital Xtra DJ Manny & Joelah Noble. Awards of the night featured Best Personality, Best Artist, Best MixTape and the coveted GRM Legacy Award 2016 given out to the best Grime and hip hop talent in the UK.
The evening started off with the red carpet, Trapped Magazine had the pleasure of interviewing the likes of Charlie Sloth, Young Adz, Tim Westwood, Posty GRM, Aj Tracey and a host of other big named stars.
And The Award goes to..
The first award of the night was for Best Video, featuring the likes of Mist, Stormzy, Aj Tracey, J Hus, Nines, Skepta and Loyle Carner. Personally this was a very tough decision as all of the artists nominated videos were off the hook. The award was given to none other than the man himself, Stormzy for for Big for Your Boots. Stormzy said: ‘There have been so many artists that have inspired me in my career and I’ve worked very hard this year so thank you. I love you’
Quick 2 2 Bars..
The lights suddenly went out and Suspect appeared out of nowhere to perform ‘Wonder What” although Suspect’s bars are wavy, the crowd didn’t seem to get too involved from early.
Personality of The Year Award was definitely the hardest category with the likes of Michael Dapaah, Mo The Comedian, Arsenal Fan TV, Chicken Connoisseur. Julie Adenuga. The winner was none other than Mr. Skrrrr Pap Pap, Mans Not Hot, Micheal Dapaah for the rollercoaster 2017 he’s had, he deservedly owned the crown this year.
Slice of humble pie?..
Best DJ award, which was the forefront of some controversy for the last two years when Westwood felt a way about Sloth’s acceptance speech when he said: “don’t get gassed,” closing with a mini-rant about his legendary status. All was swept under the rug and the award was won by Charlie Sloth, who in his acceptance speech stated that he wouldn’t be standing here if it wasn’t for Tim Westwood who played a vital role in the music scene over the years. Speaking to Charlie backstage he was confident he was going to grab a hat trick of awards. Loe and behold, the man won. Starting and ending his speech with “No joke, no banter, I’m hella rich, fat and good looking. Thank you to everyone. triple threat call me Lionel Messi”
The performances were hotting up once again, AJ Tracey took to the stage to perform Quaterback from his latest album and Pasta, accompanied by his MTP boy, Ets.
Best Breakthrough was won by Mr Addison Lee, Not3s for a trailblazing 2017, wiping everyone out of his way with tunes such as Addison Lee & Aladdin, defo had us vybsing this summer. His speech was simple ” Wow, I can’t believe this, Thanks to my fans and friend and family for being with me through this journey”
Steel Banglez won producer of the year for producing some of the bangers of the year for the likes of Mist and Mo-Stack, also working with Skepta over the years. Hold tight my apna! as Mist would say..
Just as the night was slowly coming to a close, Mist and Mo-stack appeared like wild pokemon’s to perform ‘On My Ones’ and ‘Screw and Brew” which also accompanied “Best Mixtape” which was won by Mostack for ‘Hight Street Kid’
Best Album of the Year was won by J Hus for Common Sense, hosted Tim Westwood & Maya Jama. Hus also went on to winning Best Track for ‘Did You See’. An elated Hus collected his awards via video and couldn’t comprehend that he’d won two awards saying “Is this real bro? nah you’re gassing me, two?! two awards y’know. Blessings!”
Stefflon Don then took to the stage with her squad to perform “Hurtin’ Me” & ‘Style’, boy does Steffy know how to move that crowd!
Roadman Shaq had to roll thru, yeah mans not hot, he graced the stage with the Skrr Pap Pap
Celebrating a legacy…
The final award of the night was for the coveted GRM Legacy Award, hosted by Posty & Mistajam was given to Lethal Bizzle, one of the fastest growing London grime artists, emerged in 2002 as a grime MC as part of More Fire Crew with the grime single ‘Oi!’ charting in the top 10 of the UK Singles Chart.
Lethal Bizzle said: ‘I want to dedicate the award to everyone in the room right now, from artists in the UK to everyone in the industry from the radio stations to all the DJs, the press – a big shout out to my manager as well. This is the most important thing I’ve won in my career, so thank you!’.
Big Man Stormzy took to the stage to surprise us with “Big For Your Boots” and “Cold”.
The final part of the awards started with a performance from Dave, Tion Wayne, Hardy Caprio, Kojo Funds. Not3s, Stormzy and Lethal Bizzle who showered down the mic with ‘I Win’. ‘Pow’ & ‘Oi!’ after winning his award.
Rated Awards 2017 was a success, a massive step from 2015/16. It marked an important moment for the whole urban music industry, and to show the rest of the scene we are united as one and are here to stay. Thank you to GRM, KA Drinks and Premier for inviting Trapped Magazine down to an amazing night. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for the future as well as the scene that is moving from strength to strength.
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Confirmed 2017 Rated Awards Winners:
Best Album – J HUS – Common Sense
Best Track – J HUS – Did you See
Artist of the Year – Stormzy
Best Video – Stormzy – Big for Your Boots
Producer of the Year – Steel Banglez
Personality of the Year – Micheal Dapaah
Best DJ – Charlie Sloth
Video Director – Kaylum Dennis
Best Mixtape – Mo stack – High Street Kid
Legacy – Lethal Bizzle
Get Rated Award – Lady Sanity