Stormzy was among the winners of the annual ‘Artist & Management Awards’. The event took place at Bloomsbury Big Top in London, hosted by BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens. Stormzy and his manager, Tobe Onwuka, as well as the entire team at #Merky collected the ‘Team Achievement Award’ for their contributions to British music and culture.
The #merky team is comprised of a record label, music management, book publishing, a clothing brand and scholarship scheme. Nile Rodgers went away with the career-best award for Artists’ Artist, with the producer collecting his prize from Blur’s Alex James and FAC’s Artist In Residence, David Rowntree.
After receiving the award, Stormzy declared, “my team is everything”, calling them a “family” and a “powerhouse.”
The full list of winners at the event are listed below:
Breakthrough Manager: Sophie Bloggs, YMU Music
Writer / Producer Manager: Sandy Dworniak, This Much Talent
Artist of the Year: Lewis Capaldi
Entrepreneur: Andy Varley, Insanity Group
Breakthrough Artist: Aitch
Manager of the Year: Debbie Gwyther, FEAR
Team Achievement – Stormzy, Tobe Onwuka, Team #Merky
FanFair Outstanding Contribution to Live Music: Sam Fender & Owain Davies
Pioneer (sponsored by Facebook): Neneh Cherry
Managers’ Manager (sponsored by SJM Concerts): Rebecca Boulton & Andy Robinson, Prime Management
Artists’ Artist (sponsored by PPL): Nile Rodgers
Sam Fender and his manager Owain Davies collected the Fanfair Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution To Live Music’, Andy Varley, the founder of Insanity Group was awarded the ‘Entrepreneur Award’, and Glaswegian singer and comedian Lewis Capaldi t0ok home ‘Artist of the Year’.
Recently, Stormzy became the latest face on the front of Time Magazine. Responding through his Instagram, the rapper described it as “One of my absolute proudest moments,”.
He went on to say, “I am deeply flawed and still learning how to be a man and still figuring out how to grow into the person I need to be but within all of that confusion and all the juggling of being a human and trying to be a superhuman – I have purpose. And my purpose has lead me here. Big Mike for TIME ya na.”
It was an honour to profile @stormzy for the cover of @TIME. We had such an interesting chat about his music, advocacy, and his deliberate intentions to share the limelight with Black British talent. An iconic cover image, too! https://t.co/3xcNmMgVj7 pic.twitter.com/EJfpNYlm1l
— Reni Eddo-Lodge (@renireni) October 10, 2019