Having been named the winner of the big name nomination which included Stormzy, Burna Boy and Harry Styles, the rapper made fun of May “I want to give a special shout-out to someone who I hold dear to my heart, who made it that I couldn’t come to this country five years ago,” the rapper said after accepting his award. “I know she’s sitting at home pissed off. Thank you Theresa May.”
In 2015, Tyler the Creator was forced to cancel four dates, including Reading and Leeds festivals after being banned from the UK for homophobic lyrics.
His manager, Christian Clancy, said that they received a letter from the Home Office, which specifically cited lyrics that Tyler had written up to seven years prior.
The Home Office’s decision was widely criticised at the time, with many pointing out fellow rapper Eminem’s use of violent lyrics as he had sold out two shows at Wembley Stadium in 2014 that never caught the Home Office attention.
Another political statement of the evening came from British rapper Dave who branded prime minister Boris Johnson “racist” during his performance. He also lambasted the treatment of victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy and the Windrush generation.