Apparently the word “pussy” is highly offensive but it’s OK for Dermot O’Leary to swear.
The 2017 Brit Awards took place in London last night (February 22) and despite the overall irrelevance of an awards ceremony that featured a familiar cast of beige musicians, there were a few decent nominees this year, including Skepta.
The grime don, who failed to take home any of the three awards he was nominated for during the night and instead lost out twice to a white man who has been dead for over a year, performed his lightning rod single ‘Shutdown’ at the ceremony, albeit a censored version of the song.
Despite the fact that Skepta’s performance was aired after the 9pm watershed, the audio was muted several times throughout his time on stage, due to his repeated use of the word “pussy.” As if also losing an award to Rag ‘n’ Bone man wasn’t enough of a blow already…
Artists and fans have reacted to the performance on Twitter.
What a joke. Skepta didn't deserve that #BRITs2017
— ghostpoet (@ghostpoet) February 22, 2017
— Novelist (@Novelist) February 22, 2017
Everyone continue winning. It's so vital. ❤️
— Logan Sama (@djlogansama) February 22, 2017
Audio muted. Fuck off
— Jessie Ware (@JessieWare) February 22, 2017
Why is Skepta getting his audio muted when the white presenters have sworn numerous times? #BRITs2017
— Caino (@redcain81) February 22, 2017
Elsewhere, Drake, who won best international male, couldn’t be there in person to pick up his award because “man had to go Brum.” We also saw Stormzy and Ed Sheeran’s flourishing friendship play out on stage in a one-sided duet that featured Sheeran singing Caribbean pop with his best pal has a stage prop, as we noted last night.
Oh, and this happened.
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