The British-Nigerian rapper took home the top prize moments after a performance during which he called the British Prime Minister a 'real racist'.
British Nigerian rapper Dave took home the top prize at this year's Brit Awards. His 2019 debut album Psychodrama, which was certified gold in just three months and went on to win last year's Mercury Prize, was awarded "Album of the Year".
However, it was Dave's performance prior to him receiving the award that really stole the show.
According to the BBC, the artist gave a fiery performance of his track "Black" wherein he added a new verse which called out the government and referred to Prime Minister Boris Johnson as a "real racist".
Speaking to the BBC about Dave's comments, Home Secretary Priti Patel said, "I don't know how much [Dave] knows about the prime minister and whether he actually has met the prime minister or knows the prime minister." Patel added, "I work with the prime minister, I know Boris Johnson very well, no way is he a racist, so I think that is a completely wrong comment and it's the wrong assertion to make against our prime minister."
Dave's new verse also called out the British government and their efforts (or lack thereof) to helping the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire back in 2017 and which led to at least 70 people losing their lives. "Grenfell victims still need accommodation," Dave rapped. His verse comes exactly two years after Stormzy's own impassioned verse at the 2018 Brit Awards where he asked then Prime Mninster Theresa May, "Where's the money for Grenfell?"
Additionally, Dave also called out the tabloid press for their unrelenting badgering of Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle. While some might have been left feeling uncomfortable by the artist's new verse, "Black" is a track that speaks to the varied experiences of Black people in the UK and unapologetically so.
Watch Dave's performance below: