Charlie Sloth gave his most humble – yet confident – speech to date at the GRM Rated Awards. It was a momentous night for the BBC Radio 1Xtra host, who won Radio DJ of the Year award for the fourth time in a row.
Clearly overwhelmed by the accolade, Charlie, 37, gave what began as a heartfelt acceptance speech, but amused the audience when he confidently took credit for the success stories of most artists in the room.
After collecting his award from Love Island’s Kaz Crossley and Josh Denzel, the radio personality told the Hammersmith Eventim Apollo audience: ‘Every time I come up here, I feel like I’m going to be gassed. Start chatting about how good looking I am, how rich I am, but I wanted to humble it a bit this year. I’ve been in the game for a long time right now.’
Charlie, whose most notable radio guests include Drake, Giggs and Wretch 32, later continued: ‘I had a holiday this week – I don’t get many holidays, and when I was sitting down I was thinking to myself, you know what, there’s so many great artists in here tonight. So many great artists in this scene and I’m a part of 99% of their story.’
While receiving cheers from the audience, the DJ confidently added: ‘Charlie Sloth is in 99% of the artists’ in here story. In some capacity no matter what capacity it is. And if you’re not a part of the story, it means it ain’t your time yet and it’s about to come. Or you’re a pop star or you’re just fucking shit.’ Don’t hold back will you, Charlie!
Elsewhere in his speech, Charlie also warned his fellow DJs that he’ll be stepping his game up to ‘fourth gear’ and said the rest of this year is ‘going to be a movie’.
Praising the state of the music industry, Charlie also said: ‘Honestly, there’s a lot of millionaires in here tonight, there’s a lot of successful people in here tonight and 10 years ago, if I would have said that this night would happen and we’d have the industry in the way we’ve got it tonight, people would have said “fuck off Sloth, you’re chatting shit”.
‘But 10 years on from when I first jumped in the game, I couldn’t have been prouder to be a DJ representing this culture and this sound and to be at the forefront of what I’m doing.’
Other big winners from the night, included Not3s who won Artist of the Year and Track of the Year for Butterflies, comedian Michael Dapaah who scooped Personality of the Year and grime star D Double E who was honoured with the GRM Legacy Award.
The KA & GRM Daily Rated Awards will air on Channel 4 this on 7 September at 11:05pm.