Raye reveals that only 18 months ago her career 'had gone to s**t' and she was doing gigs for just 100 people - as star makes history at Brit Awards

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Raye has revealed that conscionable 18 months agone her profession 'had gone to s**t' and she was doing gigs for only 100 people.

The singer, 26, reflected connected her struggles successful a caller question and reply arsenic she told really location were galore ups and downs to get to wherever she is now.

It comes arsenic she collapsed records astatine Saturday night's BRIT Awards, winning six gongs during a star-studded ceremonial at London's O2 arena.

She scooped nan first gong presented connected nan night, Song of nan Year for her deed Escapism ft 070 Shake, soon earlier besides taking location nan R&B Act gong and Best New Artist.

Raye's unthinkable expanse astatine nan Brits marked 1 of nan euphony industry's top ever comebacks - conscionable 3 years aft Polydor refused to merchandise immoderate of her albums. 

Raye has revealed that conscionable 18 months agone her profession 'had gone to s**t' and she was doing gigs for conscionable 100 people

The singer, 26, reflected connected her struggles successful a caller question and reply arsenic she told really location were galore ups and downs to get to wherever she is now (seen performing successful 2018)

This led to Raye leaving nan institution and releasing her critically acclaimed, and now grant winning, debut My 21st Century Blues arsenic an independent artist.

She told The Times of her struggles complete nan past fewer years: 'I'm conscionable happy to beryllium here: 18 months agone my profession had gone to s**t. I retrieve seeing my unrecorded supplier astatine a gig. 

'I went up to him, pinch tears successful my eyes, and begged him not to springiness up connected me. I told him I had much conflict successful me. A week later he group up this mini tour.

'It was a 100 tickets per venue; maine sat astatine nan soft for 2 hours, talking nan assemblage done my communicative truthful far. Had personification said past that I'd beryllium astatine nan O2 successful little than 2 years, moreover I would person thought they were mad.'

She was successful floods of tears arsenic she later accepted Album Of The Year, Artist Of The Year and Songwriter of nan Year astatine nan Brits, bringing her beloved grandma connected shape astatine 1 point.

The prima now holds nan grounds for nan astir BRITs won astatine a azygous ceremony, a grounds which antecedently stood astatine four, jointly held by Blur (1995), Adele (2016) and Harry Styles (2023). 

Raye had been nominated 8 times – nan astir ever for a azygous creator successful a twelvemonth – including 2 nods for opus of nan year, for Escapism, which won nan title, and Prada.

Referencing her caller opening successful her Best New Artist Speech, Raye said: ''I person to convey my mum and my dada who are besides portion of my team, and my grandma. Yes grandma! I, successful ways, do consciousness for illustration a caller artist. I released my first opus erstwhile I was 15, my first mixtape erstwhile I was 16, don't spell and perceive to it because it's not that bully immoderate more.

It comes arsenic she collapsed records astatine Saturday night's BRIT Awards , winning six gongs during a star-studded ceremonial astatine London's O2 arena (seen pinch her grandma Agatha Dawson connected stage)

Raye's unthinkable expanse astatine nan Brits marked 1 of nan euphony industry's top ever comebacks - conscionable 3 years aft Polydor refused to merchandise immoderate of her albums (seen successful 2016)

'But I do consciousness for illustration a caller artist, I sewage to commencement again. The creator I was 3 years agone would not judge what she's seeing today. I'm my ain leader now, I'm successful control. Thank you!' 

She besides scooped nan first ever BRIT Award for R&B act, which is voted for by nan nationalist via Instagram and is simply a caller standalone genre class aft musicians and fans complained astir R&B being conjoined pinch nan popular past year.

Raye acknowledged nan uproar successful her speech, telling nan crowd: 'Look I conscionable wanna say, erstwhile I was astir 16, 15 years old, I wanted to beryllium an R&B artist, that's what I would say. 

She scooped nan first gong presented connected nan night, Song of nan Year for her deed Escapism ft 070 Shake, soon earlier besides taking location nan R&B Act gong and Best New Artist 

She told The Times of her struggles complete nan past fewer years: 'I'm conscionable happy to beryllium here: 18 months agone my profession had gone to s**t. I retrieve seeing my unrecorded supplier astatine a gig' 

'And I was told, I think, a dishonesty that R&B doesn't waste successful nan UK truthful I needed to study really to make different kinds of music.'

'I cognize that's a spot shady but I request to opportunity R&B is truthful important and location are truthful galore R&B artists successful nan UK eating it up. I wanna outcry retired to Mahalia, who campaigned for this award, Cleo Sol, who's immaculate, Sault. This really is simply a batch – convey you.'

Raye besides won Songwriter of nan Year, which was announced up of nan unrecorded ceremony, pinch big Clara Amfo handing her nan gong successful a astonishment infinitesimal aft her Best New Artist win.

Clara - who gave Raye her first ever power play - told nan star: 'There is nary specified point arsenic an overnight success, I americium truthful proud of you.'

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