Drill Rap Dominates 2021 Rated Awards For Black British Music | Music
Drill rap’s vitality and pop cultural dominance was celebrated at the 2021 Rated Awards, which recognize the best in British black music.
Central Cee, the London rapper whose track Commitment Issues is one of the UK rap scene’s biggest hits this year, won the Male Artist and Revolutionary Artist of the Year award. In the week, he will likely return to the Top 10 with the new single Obsessed With Tu.
Tion Wayne and Russ Millions also won two awards, for title and video of the year. Their Body collaboration, later enriched with a viral remix featuring a host of guest stars, became the very first No. 1 of the drill genre in May. Another well-respected drilling figure, M1onTheBeat, took home the producer of the year award.
Soul and R&B singer Jorja Smith who released the hit EP Be Right Back in May was named Female Artist of the Year. The veteran Grime Ghetts won Album of the Year for Conflict of Interest, which was also nominated for this year’s Mercury Prize. East London rapper Potter Payper won Mixtape of the Year for Training Day 3, which reached number three on the UK charts.
Charlie Sloth took home the title of DJ of the Year, while YouTube comedian Niko Omilana – who ran for mayor in London with promises such as ‘Boris Johnson will be forced to shut up’ – was named personality of the year.
British garage band Heartless Crew received the Legacy Award and performed at the ceremony in streaming, as did Tion Wayne, Potter Payper, Pa Salieu, Backroad Gee, Enny and Amia Brave. The awards, organized by the music and video platform GRM Daily, were hosted by model Jourdan Dunn and comedian Michael Dapaah, the latter replacing Idris Elba who was forced to self-isolate due to the coronavirus.