The annual Brit Awards showcases the British industry’s hottest musical stars. The 2018 edition held in London shook the O2 Arena which was besieged by British superstars. The selection of winners is compiled by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), and these two black artists made it into the winners’ list at the 2018 Brit Awards.

STORMZY

The vocalist won statuettes for the categories of British male solo artist and British Album for his latest and first studio album, “Gang Signs & Prayer.” Born Michael Ebenazer Kwadjo Omari Owuo, Jr., the 24-year-old “grime and hip-hop” artist was raised in Thornton Heath, London.  Stormzy broke into the British music scene in 2010; since, he’s released a mixtape, studio LP, and has been featured on numerous tracks as either the featured or lead artist.  “Gang Signs & Prayer” was released in 2017 and charted at number one on the UK Albums Chart.

Stormzy showing off his Brit Awards

KENDRICK LAMAR

Lamar is definitely dominating the music scene internationally.  He just released an album titled Black Panther: The Album which is generating its own steam due to the highly acclaimed film of the same title.  Lamar won in the category of International male solo artist. The 30-year-old was raised in Compton, California and began his career in 2004. He gained noticeable attention in 2010 with his LP good kid, “m.A.A.d city.”  Nonetheless, it was his album, “To Pimp a Butterfly” that garnered him the accolades he so richly deserves.

Kendrick Lamar at Brit Awards

These wins solidify the fact that our influence permeates all parts of the world.