Last night at this year’s Ivor Novello Songwriting Awards, UK Grime artist Skepta was awarded with Best Contemporary Song and Songwriter of the Year. The song award was for Josh Hommes’ “Man,” while the latter celebrates his contribution to music over the year.
When accepting his award, the 34 year old Brit said “First of all thanks to Josh from Queens of the Stone Age for clearing that song. So many people around the world are writing music for different reasons but songs like ‘One Love’ by Bob Marley showed me that if you write about a true emotion it stands the test of time, it doesn’t matter what time of the Earth we are in, it’s always going to mean something. Any time I write music I try and write from a true emotion and I can feel when it’s not right because I’m just not at that point, so I hope they are more times like that for everyone that writes songs.”
Later, Jon Platt – CEO of Warner/Chappell (Skepta’s Publisher) – said “Skepta is a groundbreaking songwriter, and we’re THRILLED to see his exceptional talent acknowledged with two of The Ivors’ biggest honours. This is also a great moment for Amber Davis, the A&R executive who had the vision to support the grime community very early on, and bring many of its leading lights to Warner/Chappell.”
There are rumblings online that Grime will be the next genre of music to takeover the mainstream consciousness, but that remains to be seen. Skepta is gearing up to take over the O2 arena with other Grime artists for a one-day “Grime Takeover” in London.