British grime artist, Stormzy, has signed a new worldwide representation deal with global entertainment agency WME.
Represented by WME’s Lucy Dickins along with Craig D’Souza and Whitney Boateng, the deal covers the multiple award-winning musician’s touring and brand partnerships. Days prior to the announcement, he was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Exeter for his “outstanding achievement in the field of higher education, philanthropy, and widening participation.”
“A true spokesman of black empowerment and social activism, Stormzy is one of the UK’s most inspiring artists who has consistently stood up to address social injustices, encouraging his fans and listeners alike to speak openly about their beliefs and fight for their rights,” WME said.
Stormzy is an icon in his homeland, with two best-selling albums to his name and a heaving trophy cabinet, which includes six MOBO Awards, an MTV Europe Award, and the 2020 BET Hip-Hop Award for best international flow. The rapper, producer and musician led the Official U.K. Albums Chart with both releases to-date, Gang Signs & Prayer (2017) and Heavy Is The Head (2019), the former earning a nomination for the coveted Mercury Prize.
In 2019, he became the first solo Black British artist to headline Glastonbury Festival, a moment that was captured for the documentary Stormzy: Road to the Pyramid Stage, which premiered this month on BBC One.
Stormzy’s #Merky Foundation brand, which launched in 2022, extends to an imprint within the Penguin Random House U.K. publisher, and he founded The Stormzy Scholarship, an annual studentship to fund Black British students to attend the University of Cambridge.