UK native rap artist Stormzy may have pulled off the biggest surprises of the night by sweeping the Mastercard British Album of the Year Award for Gang Signs & Prayer and British Male Solo Artist at The 2018 BRIT Awards which took place on Feb. 21 at London’s O2 Arena. Dua Lipa tied him with two wins of her own for British Breakthrough Act and British Female Solo Artist.
Stormzy beat out his friend and collaborator Ed Sheeran in both categories, with Sheeran grabbing a nod for his chart-topping third studio album Divide in the Album category. Sheeran’s hit single “Shape of You” was also nominated for British Single and British Artist Video of the Year. Rag’N’Bone Man won in the Single category for “Human” and Harry Styles won Video of the Year for “Sign of the Times.” Sheeran was honored with the Global Success Award, which was presented by Ronnie Wood and Elton John.
Last year, Stormzy performed a “Shape of You” remix on the BRIT Awards stage with Sheeran. He was also nominated for British Breakthrough Act. Gang Signs & Prayer notably became the first grime album to top the UK Albums chart. During his Album of the Year acceptance speech, expressed his strong sense of faith by giving “all the glory to God,” adding, “God, this is all you.” He also said Gang Signs & Prayer was “the hardest thing” because he’s never worked on something like this or given his “entire being” and “entire emotion” like he did in the making of this album.
Stormzy closed out the night of star-studded performances with an epic performance of “By Your Grace” that transitioned into a freestyle rap. The Croyden native rapper also won Artist of the Year at the 2017 BBC Music Awards. Stay tuned to AXS for Stormzy news and updates. The 2018 BRIT Awards will air on AXS TV in the U.S. on Feb. 21 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, after the original U.K. broadcast.