The star of the show at last night’s Brit awards used his moment in the spotlight to demand justice for Grenfell.
Grime artist Stormzy closed the ceremony with an emotional performance after winning the awards for best British male and best British album.
In a fiery freestyle rap, he asked “Theresa May, where’s the money for Grenfell?” before taking aim at the Daily Mail. It’s a must watch:
Stormzy wins a couple of Brits and delivers this incredible performance. Asks “Theresa May where’s the money for Grenfell, what you thought we just forgot about Grenfell?” pic.twitter.com/lCRjGO53VJ
— Shehab Khan (@ShehabKhan) February 21, 2018
Tory Culture Secretary Matthew Hancock was in the audience to witness the performance live. In a tweet following the show, he pointedly praised Ed Sheeran, who was beaten to the top awards by Stormzy:
Great to be at the #Britawards2018 tonight to celebrate the best in British music talent. Incredible atmosphere & some stellar performances from Ed Sheeran & others already. @BRITAwards pic.twitter.com/wQPlQn8A1L
— Matt Hancock (@MattHancock) February 21, 2018
By contrast, Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour MP for Kensington congratulated Stormzy:
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) February 22, 2018
Thank you for speaking truth to power, @Stormzy1. "Theresa May where’s the money for Grenfell? You think we forgot about Grenfell?” he sang live on the #BRITs. In Kensington we will never forget. We will never stop fighting for Justice. No justice, no peace.
— Emma Dent Coad (@emmadentcoad) February 21, 2018
It’s not the first time Stormzy has used a major performance to protest about the Grenfell fire tragedy in which 71 people died.
He wore a Justice for Grenfell t-shirt during his set at Glastonbury, during which he sang: “I refuse to forget you. I refuse to be silenced. I refuse to neglect you.”
He also led the crowds in a chant of ‘oh, Jeremy Corbyn’ and endorsed the Labour party at last year’s general election.
Stormzy for Parliament…