Dua Lipa and Stormzy scoop top gongs at Brit Awards

"And as prime minister I've taken responsibility for doing what we can to put things right".

The response came after Stormzy used his appearance at the Brit Awards last night to berate the government.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has been forced to issue a statement after a damning performance by Stormzy.

Mrs May is not understood to have seen Stormzy's Brits performance, while her spokesperson said he was "not aware of any plans" for her to meet the star. "You're criminals, and you got the cheek to call us savages/You should do some jail time, you should pay some damages/You should burn your house down and see if you can manage this".

On Wednesday, the hard work paid off when she and Stormzy were feted at this year's Brit Awards, Britain's most high-profile pop music prizes.

Foo Fighters were awarded Best International Group, their fourth win in the category in their three-decade career.

Gallagher, who grew up in Manchester, stepped in to perform the Oasis classic "Live Forever".

Stormzy appeared overwhelmed as he accepted his first ever Brit - British male solo artist - fending off competition from Sheeran and Gallagher.

Accepting his prize for British album of the year for Gang Signs And Prayer, the rapper told the audience: "Firstly, I always give all the glory to God, God this is all you, this is all you God".

Stormzy had previously slammed the awards as being "so white", leading to sweeping changes in the ceremony's voting committee. The 27-year-old received his trophy from Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood, who called Sheeran "a lovely young guy".

American rapper Kendrick Lamar, who recently kicked off the European leg of his Damn tour in Dublin's 3Arena, won the International Male Solo Artist gong, while New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde was crowned International Female Solo Artist.

Viewers have speculated that Gorillaz star Damon Albarn might have had a few drinks before collecting the award for Best British Band.

But the entire ceremony had a political edge, with many stars wearing badges of small white roses to highlight sexual harassment in the industry and show solidarity with its victims. One Direction star Harry Styles won for video of the year by a British artist.

  • Marlene Weaver