GRM Daily Awards

GRM Daily made history by hosting its 3rd annual Rated Awards from the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith live on Channel 4! The awards hosted by social media sensation and co- host of the Big Narstie Show Mo Gilligan a.k.a Mo the Comedian alongside the queen of Beats radio the gorgeous Julie Adenuga.



The pair did an amazing job hosting the show but the good vibes the hosts were giving was not well received by certain members of the audience, in particular super producer Naughty Boy. During an exchange of words between himself and Mo it became quite heated and ended up with crowd siding with Mo during this exchange and calling Naughty Boy a “Dickhead”in unison …LOL!

Not3s won artist of the year which I felt was very well deserved. The Hackney native has been very consistent within the last 12 months by dropping banger after banger and not to forget memorable collaborations with Mabel, Maleek Berry and AJ Tracy which has kept him in almost every radio playlist across the country. 



Not3s who opened his set with “Just Fine “from “Take Not3s II” and I must admit it wasn’t his best vocal performance   that I have personally witnessed but when he dropped Butterflies (Which also won song of the year) and brought AJ Tracy out on stage and followed through with Sit Back down, this time without Maleek Berry, and treated the audience to a little shaku shaku, his performance had released so much energy into the crowd and could have possibly been one of the main highlights of the awards.

Kojo Funds ‘performance had a few setbacks in the beginning with some technical glitches with the sound but after a third attempt he got the crowd going by opening his set with “Stallin”, one of the hit singles from his mix tap “Golden Boy “which is scheduled for release on 28/9/2018.



Ray BLK delivered, in my opinion, a show stopping performance when she performed her newest single “Run, Run”. This single was inspired by the recent unfortunate events of violent crimes in the capital involving young people. The performance was absolutely amazing, and her vocals were 10/10! WELL DONE RAY!


It was nice to see Rebecca Judd on stage presenting an award with the Lotto Boyz. Rebecca who is a presenter on westside Radio and most recently joined Julie Adenuga on Beats Radio. Her growth as a presenter has been such an amazing journey to watch and I am so excited for this young lady. She hit the stage wearing a classy black midi dress and of course humoured the audience with her sparky sense of humour.

D double E Won the GRM legacy award this year. This is a lifetime achievement award that highlights long running successful careers of contributors to this small area of urban music. Last year’s winner Lethal Bizzle presented the award to D double Highlighting his musical career spanning an amazing 17 years! 


During his speech, the East London MC sincerely expressed his gratitude and love for the craft of music and also shared that during his legendary career he has never actually won an award! After the acceptance speech, D double E closed this year’s GRM rated awards performance that included compilation of his biggest hits including one of his most famous verses from POW (2004). His NEW album “Jackuum” is out now and available on all major streaming services.

After the awards, there has been a lot of negative press surrounding the event. 

Stylo G took to Instagram and expressed his feelings around the diversity of the GRM daily production.  He felt that GRM could have done a lot more to celebrate a lot more Caribbean artists as well as artists with African backgrounds. Some his comments towards other Instagram users in my opinion came across offensive during his display of emotions but at the same time I hope he gives himself time to justify his words.

Winners on the night included Michael Dapaah, Not3s and Headie one who are all of African descent but not forgetting Mo the Comedian and Julie Adenuga, who were the hosts for the evening, who are African and Caribbean.

Since then, Stylo has deleted his rants from his Instagram page but his rants caught the attention of other artists in the industry. Sneakbo also took to Instagram to share his thoughts and feelings towards Stylo G’s comments and this ended up in the two going back and forth in a war of words over social media which got very personal and have both removed the posts in question.

It has been reported of an incident which allegedly took place during the event involving Young Spray. The rapper who is in his 30’s was seen with stab wounds at the venue where the event took place, which resulted in him being taken to hospital and left in a critical condition. Currently, it is said that he is still recovering in hospital but is alert and doing well. Right now, there are different rumours floating around in regards to what happened leading up to the “stabbing”, but there is no concrete evidence as to what happened.

A week on from the event & there has been no comment on what this means for the future relationship of GRM and Channel 4 during a time where young black people are constantly in the middle of negative press.  We’ll have to watch this space for any further comments or production for that matter. We can only hope for the best for the future of the relationship between GRM and Channel 4 and send our best wishes to Young Spray who is still recovering.


Photo Cred: The ShadeBorough & Zek Snaps 

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