Brits 2020: Dave wins album of the year, calls PM ‘racist’

London rapper Dave won album of the year at the Brits, moments after calling the prime minister a “racist”.

The star took home the night’s main award for his provocative, personal album Psychodrama, which also won last year’s Mercury Prize.

But it was his fiery performance of the single Black that stole the show.

In a newly-written verse, he called out the government response to the Grenfell Tower fire and said: “The truth is our prime minister is a real racist.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel told BBC Breakfast: “I don’t know how much [Dave] knows about the prime minister and whether he actually has met the prime minister or knows the prime minister.

“I work with the prime minister, I know Boris Johnson very well, no way is he a racist, so I think that is a completely wrong comment and it’s the wrong assertion to make against our prime minister.”

Downing Street said it wouldn’t comment on Dave’s remarks.

The rapper also attacked tabloid coverage of Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, and paid tribute to London Bridge terror attack victim Jack Merritt.

Two years after Stormzy demanded “where’s the money for Grenfell?” on the Brits stage, Dave updated the lyric, saying: “Grenfell victims still need accommodation.”

He added: “And we still need support for the Windrush generation/Reparations for the time our people spent on plantations.”

The lyrics were added as a final verse to Black, which talks about perceptions and experiences of black people in the UK.

The 21-year-old rapper is now only the second act to win best album at the Brits and the Mercury Prize for the same record.

The first was the Arctic Monkeys for their debut, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not.

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