Tyler, The Creator’s Brits win proves that weird is winning
Taking home the prize for International Male Solo Artist, Tyler, The Creator shows that genre-bending is the future of music
It was only less than two weeks ago that Tyler, The Creator called out the Grammy’s for awarding his album Igor the Best Rap Album prize, addressing the award show’s problematic history of automatically putting black artists in rap and urban categories and disregarding what they contribute to other genres. And it was only a year ago that the artist’s ban from entering the UK was lifted, after Theresa May used offensive lyrics from his 2009 mixtape, Bastard, to argue that they “foster[ed] hatred with views that seek to provoke others to terrorist acts” in 2015. To say that Tyler has had to overcome a few obstacles in his path to becoming the Brits’ 2020 winner of International Male Solo Artist is something of an understatement.