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British raptress Ms Dynamite receives ‘Paving The Way’ award for inspiring a generation with pioneering career

HONOURED: Ms Dynamite

HONOURED: Ms Dynamite

BRITISH RAPSTRESS Ms Dynamite has been honoured with a Paving The Way award from the Music Of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards at a ceremony in northwest London today (Oct 31).

The 35-year-old, who enjoyed chart success with her debut album A Little Deeper in 2009, is the recipient of the 2002 Mercury Music Prize, two BRIT Awards and three MOBO Awards.

She was 21 when she won the Mercury Prize, becoming the first solo black female artist to win the prestigious £20,000 Mercury Music Award with A Little Deeper, which beat an impressive shortlist of artists including David Bowie.

“She’s cemented! Inspiration, legend, pioneer! 🙌🏾💜@Ms_Dynamite @itv2 #PavingTheWay,” the official MOBO Awards Twitter page tweeted today (Oct 31) with a picture of her plaque.

Her plaque is inscribed with the quote: “Those who are afraid will never fly, how will we ever know, if we never try…”

Ms Dynamite, real name Niomi McLean-Daley, received the honour at northwest London’s WAC Arts centre where she honed her musical skills as a child.

The recipients of the Paving The Way award, which includes Sir Lenny Henry and British rapper Wiley, are honoured with a permanent paving stone laid in a place which shaped them to shine light on their achievements and inspire the next generation.

WORDS: Layla Young

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