Well well well, another year, another sick Rated Awards. Yesterday saw the GRM Daily and KA Drinks ceremony take over the Roundhouse in Camden and it as many said it would be, it was a movie. With a number of famous faces and personalities in attendance alongside the GRM family, the night was a success from start to finish. 11 awards were given out alongside live performances from the likes of Mikill Pane, WSTRN, Craig David & Big Narstie, MoStack, Mist, Fredo, Abra Cadabra, Ray BLK and Ghetts & Rudekid, before Giggs closed the show.
We streamed the whole event live online and we were even trending on Twitter – check out our Moments here. For those that missed out or want to relive the whole night again, we’ve rounded up the maddest moments from last night’s proceedings.
Arnold Oceng Brought The Banter
We all know from last year’s Rated Awards that banter is always part and parcel with the ceremony. This year was no different when Arnold Oceng took to the stage to present the Get Rated award. The actor, who had a stellar role in Brotherhood, showed off his “Python Skin Clutch” and referenced Manny Norte‘s comments last year saying his card gets declined. Speaking on his bank balance, he to Manny; “My money is longer then your hair!”. He also named Jammer who’s track “Decline” spoke on the topic.
Charlie Sloth Dedicated His Award to Westwood
Last year, we had a war of words from two of the top UK DJs with Charlie Sloth winning Best DJ and Tim Westwood telling him not to get gassed! While we expected their war to carry on this year, it seems that Charlie was humble this year and he dedicated his second consecutive award to Westwood for his presence in the scene as well as shouting out fellow DJs Manny Norte, Logan Sama and DJ Target.
Twin B Remembers Richard Antwi
In what was a somber part of the evening, the scene remembered renowned music lawyer and overall OG Richard Antwi. Close friend and business partner Twin B took to the stage to talk about Richards humble beginnings and the subsequent impact he had within the UK urban scene. He told a great story of Richard working with Adele when she came up and spoke of a relatively unknown remix to Gyptian‘s “Hold Yah” from Foxy Brown, which Richard helped put together. A standing ovation rounded off the segment and it was a fitting tribute to the man that touched so many people through his work, friendship and commitment to the scene.
Abra Made His Entrance
This year celebrated so many great new acts with acts like 67 picking up the award for Best Mixtape and Figure Flows winning this year’s Get Rated Award sponsored by KA. One of the biggest newcomers of the night was Tottenham’s very own Abra who carried the night by bringing everyone to their feet with a rendition of his anthem “Robbery”. The night only got better for the young artist who took home the award for Best Track for the aforementioned track, voted for by 1Xtra listeners. Obviously surprised by this win, Abra took to the podium to accept his award and started by saying “I’m not gonna tear up!” The crowd showed him some serious love and it was amazing to see fellow T-town artists Skepta and Avelino going wild. This is truly the beginning of something special and we’re all looking forward to what he delivers next. “17 to the world!“
Idris Elba Popped Up!
In one of the biggest surprises of the night, Idris Elba popped up via video to deliver the award for Best Artist to the Landlord Giggs. The video showed Elba having a go at flying in a non-gravity pod, before shouting out GRM and delivering the result. Great to see a huge name like Elba showing love on the night and another reminder of the impact of the SN1 frontman.
Craig David’s Got Bars!
The news broke earlier in the day that Craig David would be in attendance on the night and the internet went wild. As well as presenting an award for Best Producer – a well deserved win for Rude Kid – alongside Maya Jama, Craig David graced the grand stage to drop the refix for his classic garage anthem, “Fill Me In”. The beat suddenly switched to the ever famous “Spaceship” instrumental and Craig David showed his versatility by dropping some bars. He then rounded up his set with a performance of his track “When The Bassline Drops” and brought out BDL leader Big Narstie to drop his verse. Manny called him the “Comeback King” and he wasn’t wrong as the crowd felt the nostalgic vibes and showed their support.
Tim Westwood Taking Home The Legacy Award
The final award on the night was the Legacy Award that Kano won last year, which recognises the acts who have paved the way over the years and remained instrumental forming the scene into what we know and love today. GRM founder Posty took to the stage to introduce the act and led us into a video for this year’s winner, Tim Westwood. There’s no doubt that “The Big Dog” has had a crazy influence on the hip hop and grime scene, and it was a great video which showed his early start, working with the likes of Run DMC and Notorious BIG to his infamous run on radio and amassing over 300,000,000 video views. The likes of Eminem, Drake and Nicki Minaj were shown showing their love and was a great tribute to one of the most prolific and successful UK DJs.
Giggs shut down the Roundhouse with his closing performance
The final performance is a big slot to fill after Kano‘s last year, and this time around was no different with Giggs taking to the stage and absolutely smashing it! Going through his barrage of hits from his smash album Landlord and bringing Kano out for “3 Wheel Ups”, everyone took to the stage, including Youngs Teflon, 67, Novelist and Skepta, for his rendition of “Whippin Excursion”. The stage was lit, the crowd was lit and was a perfect round off to another momentous night for GRM and the UK scene. Watch it below.
Here’s to next year.
[Photos taken by Ben Walsh and Nifty]