Stormzy, who seemed overwhelmed when he won best British male and best British album for Gang Signs and Prayer, also closed the show and criticised the PM’s handling of the Grenfell tragedy.
Sheeran didn’t go home empty-handed – he was given the global success award.
But the night belonged to Stormzy, who held his head in his hands as he walked to the stage to accept best male, and fell to the ground when he was named winner of British album.
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He told the crowd Gang Signs And Prayer was “the hardest thing” he had done and gave “all the glory to God”.
He said: “I’ve never worked on something like this in my life. We made something I feel that is undeniable, that I can stand by today.”
The star also used a freestyle between songs at the end of the show to deliver a blistering criticism of the prime minister’s handling of the Grenfell Tower fire.
“Yo, Theresa May, where’s that money for Grenfell?” he rapped. “What, you thought we just forgot about Grenfell?”
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Ed Sheeran had the biggest commercial success of 2017, but won’t have begrudged Stormzy his wins – before the ceremony, he said he wanted the Croydon rapper to win best album.
“I think he made the album of the year, personally,” Sheeran told BBC 5 live. The pair performed together at last year’s show on a remix of Shape Of You.
Gang Signs And Prayer was the first grime release to win the Brit for best album, 15 years after the genre – a British take on hip-hop – emerged from east London.