Labour leader hails MC as 'an incredible and powerful artist'
Julian Marszalek

12:32 6th September 2017

The ongoing love-in between Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and grime MC Stormzy grew that bit closer at the GQ Men Of The Year Awards in London last night (September 5). The ‘Cigarettes & Cush’ hitmaker received the Solo Artist Of The Year award and he turned his ire on Prime Minister Theresa May, calling her a “paigon”.

Jeremy Corbyn welcomed Stormzy to the stage and praised him for “singlehandedly usher[ing] in a new era in British music” and declared him “an incredible and very powerful artist.” He then added that he was “one of London’s most inspiring young men, encouraging his listeners to vote, to pray, and, very importantly, to speak openly about mental health and their issues and problems. Whether it’s speaking out against racism, supporting the victims of Grenfell, he’s remained absolutely true to his roots and committed to his values throughout.”

For his part, Stormzy praised Corbyn and gave shout outs to fellow MCs Skepta and Tinie Tempah as well as boxer Anthony Joshua.

However, his referral to Theresa May as a “paigon” confused some of the attendees. The term is used by black Londoners to describe untrustworthy people but the Daily Telegrsaph reported him as calling the Prime Minister a “pagan” while Tony Blair’s former press secretary Alistair Campbell first tweeting the she’d been called a “pig” before retracting his words saying, “Apols for tweeting last night Stormzy called May a pig. Seems it was ‘paigon’. Good to learn new words”


Other winners on the night included Liam Gallagher who nabbed the award for Rock’n’Roll Star Of The Year while the ever-dapper Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds went home with the gong for Band Of The Year.

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