Stormzy was the talk of Wednesday night’s BRIT Awards when he called out Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May for her response to the Grenfell Tower fire.
The UK grime artist, who walked away with awards for British Male Solo Artist and British Album of the Year, addressed May in a freestyle performance that closed the show.
“Yo, Theresa May, where is that money for Grenfell? Oh, you thought we forgot about Grenfell?” he rapped. “You criminals, and you got the cheek to call us savages. You should do some jail time, you should pay some damages. We should burn your house down and see if you can manage this.”
Following the Grenfell tragedy, which claimed 71 lives, May received significant backlash over her response to the incident.
Today the prime minister’s spokesperson responded to Stormzy’s attack, saying that May is “absolutely committed” to supporting survivors.
May herself had not watched the performance in question, but the spokesperson said the PM would listen to any concerns about Grenfell funds.
“The PM has been clear that what happened at Grenfell was an unimaginable tragedy, which should never be allowed to happen again,” the spokesperson said (via The Guardian). “She is determined the public inquiry will discover not just what went wrong but why the voices of the people of Grenfell had been ignored for so many years.”
The government is said to have pledged £58.29 million so far to help with the aftermath of the fire and prevent similar incidents. “If there are any concerns being raised about that, we will of course look at those,” the spokesman continued. “Wherever there is more that can be done, we will look at that too.”
Stormzy also called out the Daily Mail, whom the star has criticized for repeatedly writing negative stories about him.
Many viewers praised the rapper’s politically charged performance, with one Twitter user calling it “a seminal moment for British music.”
Stormzy beat out Ed Sheeran, Liam Gallagher, Loyle Carner and Rag’n’Bone Man to win British Male Solo Artist, while his record Gang Signs and Prayer took home the prize for British Album of the Year.