IT WAS a double celebration for UK grime MC Skepta who picked up two gongs at this year’s prestigious Ivor Novello awards.
The north London-born star was named Songwriter of the Year and also won Best Contemporary Song for Man, which sampled a Queens of the Stone Age track.
Speaking at the event, he explained how he’d been inspired by artists like Bob Marley in his songwriting.
He said: “So many people around the world are writing music for different reasons but songs like One Love by Bob Marley showed me that if you write about a true emotion it stands the test of time, it doesn’t matter what time of the Earth we are in, it’s always going to mean something.”
Skepta, real name Joesph Adenuga, was presented with the songwriter of the year trophy by his sister, Beats 1 radio host Julie Adenuga.
“I could talk about the time he bleached his hair blond, that we dressed up as Mortal Kombat characters, but I’m not going to do that,” she said. “I’m going to tell the story of how, from day one, our family has been about creation – sometimes because we couldn’t get some things, mostly because of the luck we made. So to stand here in 2017, and present my brother with this award, I’m just so excited to see people celebrating him, appreciating him, applauding him and rewarding him.”
Skepta said he had recently “really fallen in love with songwriting. It’s helped me out through my life and I understand that in any time in my life I understand that the reason I’m so easy with bad times now is that I’m like ‘Oh, another song’s coming’. Songwriting has really allowed me to enjoy life and look at it from an objective place.”
The Ivor Novellos triumph follows Skepta’s Mercury prize win in September last year.
His acclaimed fourth album, Konnichiwa, was also nominated for a Brit award.