Slowthai NME Awards meltdown: Rapper hurls mic and champagne glass at audience after drink was thrown at him

The incident happened after the rapper received the Hero of the Year Award at the NME Awards 2020 on Wednesday


                            Slowthai NME Awards meltdown: Rapper hurls mic and champagne glass at audience after drink was thrown at him
Slowthai aka Tyron Kaymone Frampton (Getty Images)

Slowthai got into an altercation with an audience member after receiving the Hero of the Year Award at the NME Awards 2020 on February 12.

The British rapper became rather flirtatious with Katherine Ryan and passed lewd comments at the comedian, who was co-hosting the event and the crowd wasn't very agreeable of the interaction, according to reports.

A member of the audience reported that Slowthai had been called out for being "misogynistic". The rapper stood at the front of the stage, said "Thank you, NME" and added sarcastically while pointing with a cigarette in hand to members of the front of the audience, "Thank you for ruining my speech". This was followed by Slowthai dumping his microphone at the front of the audience and walking off towards the speakers on stage. 

The microphone was thrown back at the rapper along with someone's drink which riled him up and he retaliated by throwing his champagne glass back at the offender. He then proceeded to jump into the crowd shouting and going for a particular audience member and almost got into a brawl with the man before security pulled him away. Subsequently, Slowthai left the event, according to NME. Katherine Ryan attempted to calm down the rapper, calling out, "Babe, babe, babe..."

Twitterati shared their distaste for Slowthai's behavior, saying, "Do they have a Zero of the Year award" and "I hope they retract his award".

This isn't the first time Slowthai has had trouble surrounding him. In September, the 'Grow Up' rapper sparked controversy at the Mercury Prize Awards after he took to the stage carrying an effigy of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's severed head.

Recently, Slowthai had collaborated with British trip-hop group Gorillaz on their song 'Momentary Bliss' for a new project in which they will collaborate with various artists called 'Song Machine'.

Watch a recording of the altercation here.

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