The BRIT Awards 2017 look set to once again show a great deal of respect for the UK Urban music boom. The Rap and RnB genres in the United Kingdom have been picking up great steam, particularly with the Grime movement that is so native to the British Isles. It is the sound of the British streets, and seamlessly incorporates singers and rappers under one movement. It is so popular with British listeners that it is affording new opportunities to young people that otherwise might have spent their music careers in a commercial ‘underground’.
The BRIT Awards never misses a beat when it comes to musical trends, and the 2017 ceremony recognises a number of UK Urban acts (and international ones, incidentally) among its nominees. Skepta, Stormzy and Kano feature in multiple nominee lists, including British Male Solo Artist, MasterCard British Album of the Year and British Breakthrough Act. Add to this some other notable Urban stylists like Craig David, EmeliSandé and TinieTempah and it’s clear that Urban music is maintaining a very healthy grip on trends in the UK music industry.
This is also reflected in the appearance of the international lists. RnB divas like Beyoncé and Rihanna feature, as does Hip-Hop superstar Drake and one of rap music’s most influential veteran groups A Tribe Called Quest (who, notably, lost member Phife Dawg to diabetes in 2016). This is not to say, however, that the BRITs are dominated in 2017 by Urban acts. The BRIT Awards have always been a celebration of the diversity present in the nation from which it hails, and the nominations reflect this keenly. There are bands from different rock schools of thought, pop acts, soul singers, dance music pioneers and singer-songwriters to light up the night as well. And there is bound to be tribute paid to the massive talents that we lost in 2016, including David Bowie, George Michael and Leonard Cohen.
Whether musical trends reflect political and socio-economic circumstances in a country is a question of no small amount of debate. Interpret the prominence of Urban music in modern society as you will, but its presence graces one of the global musical highlights of the calendar year in 2017 and this bears discussion. In the year that Great Britain starts its journey towards exiting the European Union, and the USA welcomes perhaps its most controversial President to the White House, one can’t help but notice the rebellious nature of the music that is gaining the most traction. Recent high-profile awards ceremonies have given certain celebrities a platform to voice their feelings about political circumstances, and the BRITs have a history of dramatic occurrences going down. If you’re one for entertainment and a little drama, perhaps a prominent and influential figure from the music industry will deliver some for you from the O2 London next month.
Whatever you’re looking for from the BRIT Awards, the 2017 ceremony looks set to be a fantastic affair. Tributes to those passed, celebrations of those on the rise, a prominent musical genre that specialises in being outspoken and rebellious, and a socio-economic/political climate that is a breeding ground for controversy. Bring on February 22nd!
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