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FROM ‘BOO’ to MBE: Ms Dynamite receives prestigious honour

Niomi Daley (also known as 'Ms. Dynamite', left) is made an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) by the Prince of Wales (right) at Buckingham Palace

MS. DYNAMITE was awarded an MBE at Buckingham Palace on Thursday (Dec 13) from Prince Charles for her services to music.

The 37-year-old attended the service dressed in a white skirt suit and matching heels with a monochrome headscarf.

The rapper, singer and songwriter spoke to The Guardian about her conflicted feelings when it came to accepting the honour, admitting she has deep, negative feelings about empire, establishment, and colonisation.

“When I found out I was being offered an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours, my initial reaction was – no way,” she said. “I had long-held, deep, negative feelings about empire, establishment, colonisation, the suffering it caused and the suffering that continues today.”

But Ms Dynamite, real name Niomi Daley, said that after mulling her decision over, she realised that her acceptance would be the perfect way to honour her grandparents.

She also told The Guardian: “I would accept the MBE – not because I want to be part of the establishment, or had suddenly stopped caring about the damaging legacy of empire and colonialism, or that it was suddenly all OK, but because I wanted to honour my grandparents, and all of their generation, and the extraordinary sacrifices they made.”

Ms Dynamite’s rose to fame in the early noughties, with hits such as Boo and Dy-Na-Mi-Tee. The Londoner has been awarded many prizes, including two BRIT Awards and three MOBO Awards.

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