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Slowthai: Rapper apologises to Katherine Ryan for ‘shameful’ NME Awards altercation

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Rapper Slowthai has apologised to comedian Katherine Ryan after causing controversy at the NME Awards.

The 25-year-old was accused of making “lewd comments” to Ryan, who was hosting the awards, after he won the Hero of the Year gong on Wednesday night. He later threw his drink into the crowd and confronted a member of the audience.

During the ceremony, Slowthai, real name Tyron Frampton, asked Ryan to smell his cologne and referred to her as “baby girl”.

tyron.

@slowthai

.@nme please forward my award to @kathbum for she is the hero of the year. what started as a joke between us escalated to a point of shameful actions on my part. i want to unreservedly apologise, there is no excuse and I am sorry. i am not a hero. (1/2)

tyron.

@slowthai

(2/2) katherine, you are a master at your craft and next time i’ll take my seat and leave the comedy to you. to any woman or man who saw a reflection of situations they’ve been in in those videos, i am sorry. i promise to do better. let’s talk here.

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As he left the stage, the comedian joked, “thank you, Mike from Love Island” – adding that he is “younger than my babysitter”.

The musician has now apologised to Ryan and urged NME to redistribute his award to her.

Writing on Twitter, Slowthai said: “@nme please forward my award to @kathbum for she is the hero of the year. What started as a joke between us escalated to a point of shameful actions on my part.

“I want to unreservedly apologise, there is no excuse and I am sorry. I am not a hero.”

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He added: “Katherine, you are a master at your craft and next time I’ll take my seat and leave the comedy to you. To any woman or man who saw a reflection of situations they’ve been in in those videos, I am sorry. I promise to do better. Let’s talk here.”

Ryan, 36, responded: “I knew you were joking and congratulations on your very award-worthy album! I hope you know that a bad day on social media passes so quickly. Everything will be better tomorrow. Xx.”

Katherine Ryan

@Kathbum

I knew you were joking and congratulations on your very award-worthy album! I hope you know that a bad day on social media passes so quickly. Everything will be better tomorrow. Xx

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NME also replied to Slowthai’s tweet, saying: “We’ll take you up on this @slowthai. Keep an eye on the post @Kathbum.”

Last night, Ryan said that the rapper had not made her “feel uncomfortable” and the she “defused” the situation.

During the event, Slowthai was also embroiled in a row with an audience member after a comment appeared to anger him.

Slowthai at The NME Awards 2020 at the O2 Academy Brixton on February 12, 2020
Image:Slowthai has asked for his “hero” award to be given to Ryan instead

Footage posted from the evening on social media showed a spectator speaking to the British star before he threw his drink into the crowd.

Moments later, he jumped down to argue with the person before being restrained by security.

In a statement posted on its website, a spokesperson for NME said: “The safety of all attendees and presenters is and always will be our number one priority. We want everyone at our events to have a good time and feel comfortable.

“We would like to extend our thanks to our incredible hosts Katherine Ryan and Julie Adenuga for making it a brilliant night. We have accepted Slowthai’s proposal to forward his fan-voted Hero Of The Year award to Katherine.

“Katherine – keep an eye on the post!”

Slowthai
Image:The rapper also caused controversy with a fake Boris Johnson head at the Mercury Prize show last year

Slowthai previously hit the headlines in September when he held up an effigy of Boris Johnson’s severed head at the Mercury Prize ceremony.

After stripping to the waist during his track Doorman, the rapper grabbed the fake head from the floor and held it aloft, shouting: “F*** Boris Johnson. F*** everything.”

At the time, Mr Johnson laughed it off, saying the rapper had actually said “back Boris” but was let down by the acoustics.

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