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Brit Awards: Stormzy and Dua Lipa triumph as host shades Spotify


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Apple Music and YouTube may have been the key digital and sponsorship partners for last night’s Brit Awards, but it was Spotify that got an (admittedly-unwanted) shout-out from the event’s host, comedian Jack Whitehall.

Speaking about two-gong winner Dua Lipa: “If she had a pound for every time someone listened to her on Spotify, they would finally be paying an acceptable level of royalty,” said Whitehall.

Given that the 10 tracks in the ‘popular’ section of her Spotify profile alone have done more than 1.9bn streams, that’s not an idea to float in front of Spotify’s potential investors…

Dua Lipa dedicated her first award last night to “every single female that has been on this stage before me and has given girls like me a place to be inspired by and look up to and allow us to dream: Here’s to more women on these stages, winning these awards and taking over the world.”

Meanwhile fellow double-winner Stormzy tore into Britain’s Conservative establishment, inviting tabloid newspaper the Daily Mail to “suck my d” during a ferociously-focused freestyle that also took aim at the government and its prime minister over its response to last year’s Grenfell Tower fire.

“Theresa May, where’s the money for Grenfell? You’re criminals, and you got the cheek to call us savages. You should do some jail time, you should pay some damages. You should burn your house down and see if you can manage this.”

Stuart Dredge

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