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- Rapper Stormzy used his BRIT Awards performance to call out British Prime Minister Theresa May for her handling of the Grenfell tower fire.
- He rapped: “Yo Theresa May, where’s the money for Grenfell?”
- In response, a spokesman for the Prime Minister insisted she is “absolutely committed” to helping those impacted by the tragedy.
- Stormzy picked up two awards at the Wednesday night event in London.
Grime star Stormzy took home two BRIT Awards on Wednesday night at the O2 in London – and used his time in the spotlight to attack British Prime Minister Theresa May for her handling of the Grenfell Tower apartment block fire that killed 71 people.
Stromzy, whose real name is Michael Omari, used a performance after he won his awards to rap the words “Yo Theresa May, where’s the money for Grenfell? What, you thought we just forgot about Grenfell?”
Rained poured down on the singer during the performance, which also included his songs “Blinded by Your Grace” and “Big For Your Boots.”
He rapped: “You criminals, and you’ve got the cheek to call us savages, you should do some jail time, you should pay some damages, you should burn your house down and see if you can manage this.”
The singer also went on to attack the Daily Mail newspaper, suggesting the paper should “suck my d—.”
The response to the performance has been overwhelmingly positive, with countless Twitter users – even those don’t like the rapper’s music – backing Stormzy for his statement.
Stormzy calling out Theresa May and the gov about Grenfell on big big Brit awards? Someone tell the queen to Knight this man pls
— Akeeb.A (@AkeebLDN) February 21, 2018
That was actually a powerful performance from Stormzy…here was me thinking his lyrics were silly cause I listened to "shut up" once….the political statement in that performance got me applauding! #BritAwards #BRITs #StormzyBRITs
— Florentina (@Flo3241) February 21, 2018
Stormzy just sang “Theresa May, where’s the money for Grenfell? You think we forgot about Grenfell?” live on stage at the #BRITs.
He is this country’s biggest asset, musically and politically.
— Shelly (@ShellyAsquith) February 21, 2018
Wins 2 x Brits and then disses Theresa May & Daily Mail.
Stormzy = People’s Champ
— Ade Akins ✊???? (@ImAdeAkins) February 21, 2018
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also praised Stormzy – who endorsed him during last year’s general election – for a “powerful performance.”
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) February 22, 2018
Stromzy’s complaint echoes those of survivors at Grenfell who said they could see reports of large donations in the media, but were getting little support. A month after the fire £20 million had been raised but less than £1 million of it had been used, according to the BBC.
However, in an update last month, government figures said the money had largely been spent in the intervening period. £20.9 million of a total £26.5 million had been used, the data said.
In response to Stormzy’s performance, on Thursday morning a spokesman for the Prime Minister insisted she is “absolutely committed” to supporting those affected by the Grenfell fire, adding: “The Prime Minister has been very clear that Grenfell is an unimaginable tragedy that should never be allowed to happen again.
“The public inquiry was set up by the Prime Minister to establish what went so tragically wrong and why people weren’t listened to for so many years. She has met with the families and survivors on a number of occasions.”
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The south London singer picked up both the British Male Solo Artist and British Album of the Year awards.
You can see the full list of winners here.