During the GQ Men Of The Year Awards at the Tate Modern in London, British politician and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn presented Stormzy with the Solo Artist Of The Year award. He later took to Facebook to write a post about the British MC. “This last year we have seen dramatic political events across the world. And against that backdrop we have seen the emergence of incredible, powerful artists.” Corbyn wrote in the post. “None more so than Stormzy who – instead of signing to a major record label – has used his own label to top the charts and change the face of music in this country.”
In February, Stormzy dropped his debut album Gang Signs and Prayer. The 23-year-old Grime artist quickly made it to a No. 1 spot in the U.K. “Whether speaking out against racism or supporting the victims of Grenfell, he’s remained true to his roots and committed to his values throughout,” Corbyn wrote.