Sussex-born soul singer Rag’n’Bone Man brought home a gong for Best British Single at this year’s BRIT Awards for ‘Human’, narrowly missing out as a runner up in the British Album of the Year and British Male Solo Artist categories. The singer was quick to thank everyone who has supported him back home in Brighton for the award, with a focus on High Focus, the local UK hip-hop label, and Rum Committee, the Brighton-based rap supergroup he’s a key member of. It seemed like he was just able to complete his thank-you list before his acceptance speech was cut short for swearing.
His live performance on the night included a local tribute too, performing new single ‘Skin’ alongside Critics Choice winner Jorja Smith, in front of a flaming stage set representing Brighton’s West Pier. The real West Pier was consumed by flames in 2003, ending any residual hopes of a planned reconstruction and restoration.
Although it’s early days for the local star, Rag’n’Bone Man is no stranger to the BRITs, having picked up the Choice Award and British Breakthrough Act at last year’s ceremony.