UK NEWS: OUTRAGE AFTER BRIT AWARDS SNUBS UK “URBAN” ARTISTS

Brit 2011 nominee Adele

The nominations for the “prestigious” 2012 Brit Awards were announced yesterday afternoon (click here to view list) and once again people are outraged because “URBAN” artists ( i.e. Wretch 32) received no nominations even though 2011 was a very successful year for the rapper.

Why the shock? Why the outrage? This is just how the UK music industry rolls. Wake up folks! It is to be expected.

In response to the grumblings fellow blogger/radio personality Miss Lala said,

Are we really that surprised, they do this to “urban”/ black artists nearly every year. Have we forgotten what happened to Craig David back in 2002? How do you get nominated for six awards, sell  8 million copies of your debut album worldwide, go 6 times platinum, break America and still go home empty-handed? Apart from Tinie Tempah and Dizzee Rascal taking home awards in recent years nothing has really changed.

Also in response to the ‘snub’ industry insider, friend to the stars and Team UK spokesperson Jasmine Dotiwala said today,

Urban British acts are STILL running things. We chart regularly, we are the music of THIS generation, we have mainstream influence.

Just ask advertisers they want “urban youth” to buy their goods. Acts like Tinie are branching out and encouraging people to read by writing books.

So lets all take this Friday to recognise the power in ourselves.

How exactly can WE be “running things” when us “URBAN” folk don’t OWN anything????

“Acts like Tinie are branching out and encouraging people to read by writing books.”

*side eye* Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha –  NO COMMENT!

And as for Craig David, I will NEVER forget how the they totally ignored his achievements. His debut album Born To Do It still sounds fresh and is a classic.

Your thoughts please….

25 replies »

  1. Oh dear – the good old ‘crumbs off a plate’ scenario. You are right, this happens year after year so why don’t we stop looking for people to give us ‘things’ and start creating our own shit. First stop is for us to start supporting each other instead of kicking each other down. On another note, who gives a toss about the BRITS anyway? Like most awards shows it is just a glam event where the bigwigs in the industry get to pat themselves on the back and feel smug for the evening. What about the state of the music industry? I can’t remember the last time I heard an album with longevity.

  2. Award shows have there own agenda, we need to stop looking to these organisations to validate our music, as they don’t know shit!
    As for Wretch, he a talented individual, who unfortunately will have a mountain to climb before he gets any form of recognition from mainstream music industry. He will very much be the rapper of the people for sometime.

  3. I thought this was what MOBOs was supposed to have been created for, to ensure those who are snubbed are celebrated right?

    Maybe I thought wrong hehehe

  4. The Brits are not that relevant anyway unless you are industry lead as opposed to consumer lead. The Brits even took out the “urban category” they had for what a couple yrs so who cares what the Brits say. Reality vs their imagination

  5. I’ll quote from a post I wrote in November inspired by the MOBOs (“MOBO’s don’t care about the B” http://marvinsparks.blogspot.com/2011/11/mobos-dont-care-about-b.html)

    “Urban artists (of all races) don’t have the same impact on charts as rural music artists. Commentators say “You have MOBOs we don’t have MOWO’s”, I ask them about NME, Q and Brits. I’m lying? Didn’t think so. Plus, I’m sure it was white people that named it black music as an excuse to say they don’t play it?

    And this is why MOBO’s are still needed if they are worked correctly. In the past, Craig David, Lemar and Beverly Knight have been good artists that have done extremely well for black music artists, however, they are always bettered by rural music counterparts at shows like the Brits. Even when Brits created the Urban award they gave it to Joss Stone, c’mon man (yea, Lemar went on to win it too but you get my point). Two years ago Tinchy Stryder was one of those that fitted in the category of good for urban, probs should get Brits, but snubbed. Cool, we understand that but MOBO’s snubbed him too!

    This year has been the year of Wretch 32. Two top 5’s and a #1 from someone not many believed in last year. Everyone and their granny thought Wretch would sweep up, but, oh, he didn’t win a thing. All he could tweet was “Speechless”. Someone of that caliber is who should be sweeping the awards. That is what the MOBO awards were set up for. Celebrating the achievements of those who won’t get rewarded anywhere else (UMA’s don’t count I’m afraid). Even someone like Katy B could get a shout for an award. She’s had a good year. And award the upcoming artists we see making waves on the internet, pushing through to mainstream.”

    At least Mercury music prize gives boring albums a chance for coverage. MOBOs need to get back to credibility over trying to sell out arenas in areas where people may not care in a few years (I hear they didn’t care much the last two). Can you imagine when MOBOs have to return to London? Worries in the dance.

    p.s. I know this post is about Brits, but I couldn’t care less about them. Isn’t a show that celebrates anything I care about.

  6. Let me play devils advocate here. Artists like Ed Sheeran, Adele and Jessie J are deemed as urban acts so what’s the problem.. because they are not black? Is it the colour of the artist or their musical genre / influences that determines what ‘category’ they fit into?

  7. This has nothing to do with Urban acts, Pro Green, Ed Sheeran, Chase & Status, Jessie J etc are all Urban acts with nominattions. I just wish people like Jasmine, could speak up and say what is really happening. The black acts are being ignored. Its is racist. Nothing more nothing less. The word Urban was created so white artists could get in, and black people in the music industry lapped it up like the sheep that they are. Now we are witnessing the divide and rule concept Diane Abbott was criticised for mentioning. I hope when Ed Sheeran collects his awards he shouts out the TEAM UK arseholes who have co-signed him from day one.

  8. @Meli

    Melissa :

    I hope when Ed Sheeran collects his awards he shouts out the TEAM UK arseholes who have co-signed him from day one.

    Looks over at SBTV founder Jamal Edwards

  9. I concur Melissa, (my first comments were meant to be a bit ‘tongue and cheek’). If the MOBO Awards can’t even honour mainstream black artists then the Brits nomination list is no surprise. I always find the Brits don’t have a problem awarding black international artists nominations and awards but when it comes to homegrown talent we often get shafted. I hope my girl Emeli Sandi wins something though – love her!

  10. in summary the rule is to win a Brit award for Urban music you need to be White, to win a Mobo award for Urban music you need to be Black but only if you are American other wise the rules of the Brits applies.

  11. julie :
    in summary the rule is to win a Brit award for Urban music you need to be White, to win a Mobo award for Urban music you need to be Black but only if you are American other wise the rules of the Brits applies.

    haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

  12. Like David Cameron said. We *cough cough* belong to a big society all in it together. But like the eton elite only one face is recognised. The farce of the MOBOs could never happen on BET. BET award shows get coverage by TMZ E. news etc. It’s national news and no one cares if the majority of winners are black. Its about the music. Maybe we should get BET to do BET music awards UK providing its not watered down for the uk

  13. Dotiwala really needs to stop taking it upon herself to speak on black people’s behalf. The bit about Tinie writing books just sounds patronising. Like black people will only ever read a book if a star endorses it.

  14. Michael H :
    Dotiwala really needs to stop taking it upon herself to speak on black people’s behalf. The bit about Tinie writing books just sounds patronising. Like black people will only ever read a book if a star endorses it.

    haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
    ok, that one really got me lol
    We should all start reading now that Tinie has written a book

  15. As my girl Miss Lala said, do note EVER forget the Craig David snub, that should show you how seriously The Brits take urban music. How do you sell 8million LPs worldwide, go 6x platnum, get nominated 6 times and not win one thing. Im willing to bet if his name was Robbie Williams, that ish wouldnt happen. Dizzee Rascal sold 250000 LP worldwide (Boy In The Corner) Tinie sold over 600000 (Disc-Overy), Craig David 8 million. People lie but numbers dont! Wretch my friend, I feel bad for you, but if you shifted what Craig did, then if would be even worse. Anyway, The Brits can do one! Its run by a bunch of middle aged old men who know ish about music!

  16. Not a surprise to be honest,. And was I the only one shocked Emili Sandie was nominated for best breakthrough act, the odds were really stacked against her considering shes:
    1) black 2) does ‘urban’ music 3) doesn’t use sex to sell her music

  17. who runs and owns the brits? THE BPI
    WHO RUNS AND OWNS THE BPI ? THE MAJORS!!
    so in effect the the brits is a backslapping free drinks affair for whom?

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