The event of Brits Awards 2017 has come a long way since last year’s #BritsSoWhite row, with Craig David among the nominees after an 11-year absence.
Craig David says his return to the Brits has been a “rollercoaster ride”.
Sixteen years after being first nominated for best British male solo artist, the singer is again back in contention for one of music’s biggest honors tonight – up against Skepta, Kano, Michael Kiwanuka and David Bowie.
Craig David said: “To be absolutely honest, to be in amongst the amazing artists, I’m just really honored to be a part of it and to be back at the Brits.”
The singer’s career has come full circle. Over a decade ago he went from being one of the biggest pop stars in Britain, to being mercilessly ridiculed by comedy show Bo’ Selecta!
Since then he has, to an extent, kept his head down. He moved to Miami – but David says he has always missed making music in the UK. Last year, he returned to London to make his latest album, Following My Intuition, and hasn’t looked back since.
The garage star says he’ll be most pleased to be at the Brits with his parents: “What I’m really excited about is having my management team around me, my mum and dad next to me, and us just having a really good night.
“I’m more excited for them to be a part of this because I know my mum and dad have been through so much of the rollercoaster ride I’ve been on, to have them next to me and for them to enjoy the night, whatever happens, to see their faces light up. That makes me happy.”
This year’s nominees are certainly a more accurate reflection of Britain’s diverse music scene.