UK GRIME and hip hop artists continue to be recognised for their contributions to music with several pioneers receiving honours at yesterday’s Q Awards.
Kano and Dizzee Rascal were both honoured for their artistry at the awards ceremony held at the Roundhouse in Camden.
Kano, who released his acclaimed Hoodies All Summer album in August, won the outstanding contribution to music award, while Dizzee Rascal took home the award for innovation in sound.
Speaking after he picked up his trophy, Kano told Q Magazine: “It feels really good man. Yeah, it definitely feels cool, you know. When you’ve had a few years in the game, starting out as kids putting in work with peers like Wiley and Dizzee and Lethal B, all just kind of started this thing and not really doing it for any monetary gain or anything like that…we didn’t know that it would turn out like this.
“So to fast forward like 15 plus years and to be here today, again, with Dizzee Rascal and peers like that and Akala, young talent like Stormzy and Little Simz, it’s amazing.”
Prior to picking up the trophy for best vocal performance, Little Simz, who was attending the Q Awards for the first time, told Q Magazine: “To know that I’m getting the recognition and people are listening and paying attention just feels great.”
Stormzy, whose 2019 career highlights include headlining Glastonbury, won the best solo act award.
Other winners on the night included Michael Kiwanuka, who picked up the award for best live performance and Tricky who won classic album.
See the full list of winners below:
Best breakthrough Act – Pale Waves
Best track – Lewis Capaldi: Someone You Loved
Best album – Foals: Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost (Part 1)
Best live performance – Michael Kiwanuka at the End Of The Road Festival
Best solo act – Stormzy
Best act in the world today – The 1975
Best festival/event- All Points East
Innovation in sound – Dizzee Rascal
Classic album – Tricky: Maxinquaye
Q maverick – Edwyn Collins
Fender play award – Anna Calvi
Outstanding contribution to music – Kano
Classic songwriter – Kevin Rowland
Inspiration – Madness
Q icon – Christine And The Queens
Q hero – Kim Gordon
Song of the decade – Lana Del Rey: Video Games
Best vocal performance – Little Simz